A Prayer to My Father

By Kathy Coffey-Guenther, PhD, senior mission and Ignatian leadership specialist

Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado on Unsplash

On this Father’s Day, let us bring to our minds and hearts the special dads and men in our lives who supported, taught, and loved us.

Let us remember those experiences that brought joy and consolation to us and let us remember the challenging times in which we grew and learned to become the people we are today.

Let us lift these dear men up in gratitude and blessing, whether they are still here with us on this earth, or whether they are living in God’s peace forever.

May their lessons of love and care and responsibility continue to pass forward through our lives and our love, bringing goodness and kindness to all those we love and serve.

Photo by CRISTIANO DE ASSUNCAO on Unsplash

My Father,

Who walks and runs and stumbles upon this earth,

I am blessed by your name.

Your legacy will come

Ground in the faith and love of God and family,

On earth as it will be in heaven.

Thank you for this day, my anam cara,

And let us forgive one another for any harm we may have caused,

Let us be generous with extending grace towards one another,
Always resting in the depth of God’s loving care for us and
All other beings in this blessed creation.

Let us stay indifferent and unattached to any one thing beyond Christ’s love,

And let our love always serve Christ’s glory by loving and serving others.

Amen.

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