ROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
I read an article recently that spoke of the lack of maturity in many men these days. As evidence of this, it stated that one of the largest markets for video games was young men in their 20’s and 30’s. Advertisements featuring men playing video games are commonplace today, and in light of the recent shutdown these behaviors were promoted as good things to do since you cannot go to work anyway, why not? Living in this make-believe world is not a healthy place to be, and if adults are caught up in this world, is it surprising that children become confused about what is real and what is fantasy? This lack of maturity has a negative impact on society in general, and on families in particular. It also impacts our church in a negative manner, both the universal church and the local parish, as I believe this is one of the root causes of the abuse scandal that continues to rock the priesthood and the Church.
Our society today is in desperate need for real men to take up difficult positions. The pro-choice mentality has allowed men to shirk responsibility, and has promoted the use of women as objects to be used, rather than holding them up as persons to be esteemed. This has also promoted the false idea of freedom; that to be free means simply unlimited choices that one can have. This false notion of freedom has imprisoned many men and women in our world today, and sadly most do not even recognize how little freedom they actually have.
To be truly free is to be able to choose that which is good, both for you and for others. St. Paul was a man who was truly free, despite being held in prison. He taught and spoke the truth, evangelizing even his jailers. St. Joseph was a free man as well. When the angel announced to him that Mary had conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, what was his response? He freely chose to take her as his wife, to be the foster father of Jesus, to protect them against the threats of Herod, to provide for them and to love them. This is the model of fatherhood we need today.
To help address this crisis, the Knights of Columbus created a web resource with many ideas to help men become the father they are called to be. fathersforgood.org is the web site (this is for Knights and non-Knights as well), and it has many articles, book suggestions and reviews, movie reviews for family viewing, videos and podcasts that are designed to strengthen our families through strengthening fathers. I would encourage all men to take a look at this site often and take advantage of these resources.
Our world today needs men to be men; to stand up for their families, to stand up for life, to stand up for their church. Discover what true freedom is. It is so easy to just go along with the culture, everybody does it...It takes a man to stand up for life, for decency, to take a stand against pornography, to be a leader in his church, to go against the grain. Call upon St. Joseph or St. Paul to intercede for you on this Father’s Day. Pray with and for your children and grandchildren, those you have and those God may give to you in the future, and give thanks for the gift of this vocation. Have a blessed Father’s Day.
May God bless you and your families on this special day and always.
+ Fr Jim