Our Father who art in heaven, I am a father on earth.
You have given me this gift and responsibility
Grant me the wisdom to carry it out.
Let my fatherhood be one of encouragement and support, not of expectations and control.
Let me protect my children, but not too much; advise them, but just a little.
Let me respect them as individuals, not as extensions of myself.
Let me be honest about my feelings toward themincluding my anger, disappointment, hurt, excitement, joy and love.
Let me be firm without dominating them.
Let me be sensitive to their feelings without trying to change them.
Let me be there for them when they need me and get out of their way when they don’t.
Let me offer them the roots of belonging and the wings of freedom.
Help me, Father in heaven, to be a father on earth.
Father, I thank you for my children.
You have given them to me to love, care for, and raise
for Your purposes.
Grant me the grace to love each of them the way you
want me to love them.
Grant me the faithfulness to take care of their needs.
Grant me the wisdom to lead them to Your plans for
Grant me a deep joy for being their mother. Amen.
There’s a miracle called friendship
that dwells in the heart
You don’t know how it happens or
when it gets its start
But you know the special lift It always brings
And you realize that Friendship
Is God’s most precious gift!
We may prove a point beyond doubt to our mind.
How could we pass it on to our heart and then
to our daily life? It has been said:
“The greatest distance in the world is 12 inches,
between our head and our heart.
To a towering size with lovely hue it grew.
Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ's cross its timbers were chosen.
Being distressed at the use of this wood,
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for such a tree, and so
Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.
The petals shall have bloodstains marked in brown.
All who see it think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from the dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of my agony."
Lord, Thank you for the gift of HOPE
You gave us on Easter morning.
Because of you we know
That no problem is too difficult
And even death does not have power over us.
Thank you for the gift of JOY
You gave us when you were resurrected.
Because of you we know
That no matter how challenging life may be,
In the end we will rejoice again.
Thank you for this gift of LOVE.
I could have wealth beyond my dreams, But where is the joy in that?
And I could travel the seven seas, But I would always come back.
Everyone could know my name, And there would be no peace.
I could have undying love, And heartaches still increase.
No, if I were wealthy beyond my dreams ( And where is the joy in that?)
It wouldn’t buy friendship such as yours-- And there IS Joy in that!
And to that let us add:
May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.
The Lenten season to many people brings thoughts of sacrifice, giving up something in an effort to grow spiritually. In our eyes, we think our sacrifice is great, and in many cases it is; however; it should be remembered we can never outgive God, who made the ultimate sacrifice. You know that neighbor down the street that no one likes? Find a way to be friendly. Listen to someone you don’t enjoy. Smile more. Show an understanding to a friend who’s having a bad day. Add an extra “I love you” to your conversation at home. It is worth it because you are dust and to dust you will return.
A Happy person is not someon in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
WHAT TO GIVE, WHAT TO BE
The best thing on can give is:
Forgiveness to your enemy,
Tolerance to your opponents,
Your heart to your friend,
A good example to a child,
Good will and love to a father,
To your mother, a conduct that will maker her proud of you.
To yourself, respect,
To all people - LOVE.