Happy Father’s Day. We will celebrate it in our church’s today and with our families. And, yet… do we value “dads?” This morning on the Chris Matthews Show, the panelists were given a throw-away show-ending question: Is it true that Father Know Best? And no one really took a clean swipe at the question.
I think our culture is still pretty influenced to dismiss the role of parents. And, I think, we fail young people when we do the same…
Now, when it comes to death, I’m not much of a public mourner or a memorializer. So, in many years of posting up on the internet, you really have never seen on this blog something similar to…
His absence is still felt as … I firmly believe that what I do as a minister and why I do ministry are directly connected to the witness and values of my dad.
He was a hard worker, loyal to his employer. He was active in church and school for the kids, not so much for the sports, although all three of my young brothers and I played youth sports / CYO growing up. He took upon himself great causes and involved us in them as well. He acted in community theater but I have no sense that, while he could energize a room, that he actually ever sought to be the center of attention. No task was too big nor too small or beneath him. And, he was fun.
And, I am betting that many of us are in ministry because of our folks as well. The research says that kids have remarkably similar faith to that of their folks. Vocations folks, conversely, will indicated that parents can quite often provide a major stumbling block towards commitment.
We in Catholic Youth Ministry need to celebrate Father’s Day and Mother’s Day a little more often. We need to partner with families and parents and need to incorporate our ministry with the example and leadership that they do provide.
We need to do this not only for them but in recognition and celebration of the love and model that our parents and grandparents provided for us.