Some Father’s Day Thoughts:
I have always liked the poem IF… by Rudyard Kipling. I first learned it when I was in 8th grade and I read it as part of my homily at my father’s funeral mass 35 years ago. Today on Father’s Day I offer it to you, read it and remember what your father has given you, taught you and how he has loved you whether you are a son or a daughter. If you are a father, read it and remember what you are about in helping your daughters and sons become the special people they are. Being a father is a great gift with great responsibilities. We pray for and ask God to bless all fathers today that they will always share their gift and always make a difference in our lives. And we ask those fathers who have passed on to watch over us and guide us down the right road.
Happy Father’s Day…
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
(By Rudyard Kipling 1865–1936)
Happy Father's Day – Dad! Thanks for the gift of life and all that you taught me over the years! Thanks for watching over me these last 35 years from your eternal home! I will love you always...Your Son, Paul Jr.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...