For all the fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers of our yesterdays and todays, and for the fathers of tomorrow who will soon be holding their very first newborn, we bring you especially into our prayers and hearts as we wish you a Happy Father's Day.
"Every family needs a father — a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love." -- Pope Francis
On this day we celebrate and thank God for our Dads who have been there to guide us through the milestones of our lives, protected us when we have felt afraid or unsure, and have been an important part of our faith formation. We also pray for the Dads who are missed, for the men who have been father figures to us and for our spiritual fathers, the many priests, such as those of our Australian Jesuits, and our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who are serving others with the hands, mind and heart of Christ. We know of the closeness between Jesus and His Father and so we offer a prayer of gratitude to God from Whom we can all learn about and feel the ultimate love of our Heavenly Father.