Edgewood Park Drive was a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in. There were plenty of children of all ages.  There was next to no traffic most of the time since there was just one way in and one way out of the neighborhood.  There was a huge Oak Tree and a big Maple in our front yard.  One day after school, I was climbing the Maple Tree.  I chose discretion rather than valor and held on to a branch to have the least amount of distance from my hanging feet to the ground.  Much to my horror, the big enough to be noticed branch snapped.

Now I was convinced that when Dad got home, he would see I broke the tree.  He would be furious and inflict upon me the then generally accepted form of capital punishment.  Dad never used a small branch from a willow tree nor a paddle. His most feared tool for discipline was his belt, reserved for the most heinous and egregious misbehavior that we children seemed to excel in discovering.

So, when dad got home from work, I went and hid underneath my bed, waiting with fear and trembling what was to come to me. When I didn’t show up for dinner, dad came looking for me and found me. I told him what I had done and what I had feared. He laughed gently, hugged me, and said, “You are much more important to me than a tree branch!” It wasn’t the first time and it wouldn’t be the last that I misjudged my father.  Several hours of fear was the price I paid.

This memory comes back to me from time to time as I think about how people put themselves in emotional and spiritual trouble because they have the wrong understanding of who God is and how God sees us. Every person is made in the image and likeness of God. Those of us baptized and confirmed become adopted daughters and sons of God.  God looks upon us with unrestrained love.  God is not watching and waiting and marking our sins, so we might get the punishment we so richly deserve.  Perhaps the most beloved and quoted verse in the Bible is when Jesus says, “God so loved that world that God sent his only Son so that all might be saved through him.” (John 3:14) Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Be sure to talk with or — if possible — visit your dad or grandpa.  Pray for those who have died.  Remember and give thanks to God for how they blessed us.  Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, fathers who have adopted as well as foster fathers.

 

UPDATE:
The ad hoc coronavirus committee met on line Thursday evening and discussed how the protocols in place have been working out so far.  The ushers have done good work and everyone has been doing what they have been asked to do.  Hands are sanitized upon entering, masks are worn, and social distancing is strictly observed.  These seem to be the most important steps to take, and will continue.

  • Mass continues at 10 am every day, but Saturday.
  • These Masses are still being live-streamed.
  • Masses on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday are open to the public.
  • The Saturday 5pm Mass is also open.
  • Doors are unlocked 30 minutes before public Masses begin.
  • Seating continues to be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Father Paul is at Mary’s House on Wednesdays at 11:00 am and 6:15 pm, Saturdays at 11am, and anytime by appointment.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available.

Mary Grace Peck, Lisa Keiling, and I are trying to work things out for the children to make their FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.

Details have yet to be finalized, but we are hoping that Bishop Mark Brennan will join us in August for CONFIRMATION.

 

MYSTIC MORSEL for MEDITATION:

The divine goodness … is a fathomless and shoreless ocean, and I confess that when I plunge my mind into thought of this it is carried away by the immensity and feels quite lost and bewildered there.

– Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ  (1568-1591)  Today is his Feast Day.

 

POEM of the DAY:
Shifting the Sun

 

When your father dies, say the Irish,

you lose your umbrella against bad weather.

May his sun be your light, say the Armenians

 

When your father dies, say the Welsh,

you sink a foot deeper into the earth.

May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

 

When your father dies, say the Canadians,

you run out of excuses.

May you inherit his sun, say the Armenians.

 

When your father dies, say the French,

you become your own father.

May you stand up in his light, say the Armenians.

 

When you father dies, say the Indians,

he comes back as the thunder.

May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

 

When your father dies, say the Russians,

he takes your childhood with him.

May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.

 

When your father dies, say the English,

you join his club you vowed you wouldn’t.

May you inherit his sun, say the Armenians.

 

When your father dies, say the Armenians,

your sun shifts forever.

And you walk in his light.

~Diana Der-Hovanessian, Shifting the Sun

 

PRAYER for the DAY:
Bless our Fathers

 

Heavenly Father,

Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers

for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy

that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.

 

We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort;

for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity;

for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries;

for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.

 

Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals.

Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes.

Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all.

Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness,

instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.

 

We ask your blessing on those men who served

as father figures in our lives

when our biological fathers weren’t able to do so.

May the love and selflessness they showed us

be returned to them in all their relationships,

and help them to know that their influence

has changed us for the better.

 

Give new and future fathers the guidance they need

to raise happy and holy children,

grounded in a love for God and other people –

and remind these fathers that treating their wives

with dignity, compassion and respect is

one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.

 

We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life

have been welcomed into Your loving embrace,

and that our family will one be day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom.

 

In union with St. Joseph,

whom you entrusted with Your Son,

we ask Your generous blessings today and every day. Amen.

— Tony Rossi

 

SAINTLY REFLECTION on TODAY’S GOSPEL:

What do you see in creation of less value than a tiny sparrow?

But even the sparrow will not fall without God’s knowledge.

Jesus does not mean that the sparrow falls by God’s direct will

because it is unworthy but that nothing that occurs is hidden from God.

If then God is not ignorant of anything that happens in creation, and

if God loves us more truly than the best human father, and

if God loves us so as to have numbered our very hairs, then we need not be afraid….

 

Don’t you see that God views your fear with more concern

than the lives of many sparrows?

He already knows the secrets of your heart.

Hence Jesus adds, “Do not fear.”

For even if that which you dread prevails,

it prevails only over your body;

this is the limited part of yourself,

which nature will surely take in due time and bring to an end.

— Saint John Chrysostom (347-407)

 

TODAY IN HISTORY:
On this day in 1985, Hector “Chef” Boyardee died in 1985.

He created the perfect food for a quarantine.     ……    Beef-aloney.

 

INTERESTING READ:
Click here to view.

 

FOR FUN:

Did you hear what happened to Chef Boyardee?

He pasta way.

He just ran out of Thyme.

We cannoli say so much.

His legacy will become a pizza history.

 

A LETTER (for Father’s  Day):

Dear Dad,

$chool i$ great. I’m making lot$ of friend$ and $tudying hard. I $imply can’t think of anything I need, $o ju$t $end me a card, a$ I would love to hear from you.

Love, Your $on

 

Dear Son,

I kNOw astroNOmy, ecoNOmics and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh.

Love, Dad
When to make a joke a “Dad” Joke?

It becomes apparent.

 

JOKE of the DAY:

Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their wives are having babies.
A nurse goes up to the first guy and says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.”

“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!”

 

A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re the father of triplets!”

“That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M company!”

 

A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the father of quadruplets!”

“That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons hotel!”

 

The last man is groaning and banging his head against the wall.

“What’s wrong?” the others ask.

“I work for 7 Up!”