My message to you this week might be summed up in one word—
At every Mass we are reminded that it is "right and just" to always and everywhere offer thanks to the Lord, and this week I would like to express my gratitude to two groups:
- All Fathers
The late journalist, Tim Russert, who wrote a best seller about his father (Big Russ and Me) remarked, "The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get." How much we owe fathers for the words of wisdom, their example of hard work, their fortitude, and their love. How much we owe them in turn—love, respect, honor, and prayer. Today is their "special day" and so we shall want to show them in tangible ways our gratitude for all they mean to us and for their sacrifices. We shall also want to pray for them so that their lives be filled with many joys and satisfactions. May the Lord bring to the joy of heaven all fathers who have gone before us.
- Our Volunteers
Last week we joyfully celebrated the silver anniversary of ordination of Deacons Jeff Pierfy and Dennis Slavin as well as our parish feast day—St. Anthony. On both occasions, many volunteers came forward to help in preparing the festivities—our choirs and our "hospitality" volunteers who prepared the refreshments that followed the sacred liturgies! How grateful I am to all for their generosity to the parish.
Chesterton wrote: "When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude." Whether it be in our own families or the family that is our parish, let us be ever grateful for the many blessings we receive!