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Prayer & reflection for Father's Day

Image: Father carries infant son on his shoulders; lakeshore, beachFathers are called in a special way to reflect God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. Similar to the way our heavenly Father cares for us, they correct us when we sin and pick us up when we fall.
 
God the Father gave up his only Son, Jesus Christ, so that we might be saved through him. He provides an example of the very vocation of fatherhood. Fathers are to sacrifice their lives for their families.
 
They do this by:
• Being the spiritual leaders and guardians of their families.
• Praying for and with their families.
• Being a courageous witness to the Gospel.
• Providing care and support for their families.
• Serving as an example of goodness and truth.
• Leading with courage and accountability.
• Laying down one’s life for the other.

Today, in a special way, let us be grateful for:
• Our fathers, by birth or adoption, who love us and support us through life.
• Our Church leaders, who take on the paternal role of guiding us through life.
• And God our Father, who will always teach justly and grant us boundless mercy.
 
Resources
Read John Paul II's Redemptoris Custos, an apostolic exhortation on the person & mission of St. Joseph
What Makes a Dad
Reflection on healing from difficult father-child relationships (Carolyn Woo, CRS)