By Mary Sayad

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    Father's Day
    and
    A Tale of Two Brothers
    June 18, 2006

    A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble, especially in school. They would disrupt their classrooms, wouldn't heed their teachers; and were consistently unruly. After numerous complaints they were sent to the principal's office and after consistent visits, the principal decided that they should be dismissed from school once and for all.

    Knowing their boys were difficult their parents decided to admit them into parochial school.

    Initially, the boys behaved themselves in their new school and followed the rules, however, after a few weeks they resumed their rambunctious ways causing chaos and disruption in their classrooms.

    Once again they were sent to the Principal's office. The younger brother sat outside on the bench while the older one was sent in.

    The Principal, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?".

    The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed. So, the Principal repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?"

    Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The Principal raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD?"

    The boy couldn't respond, so the Principal told him to do some serious thinking and sent him out.

    When his younger brother saw him considerably shaken and white, he asked, "What happened?"

    The older brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing - and they think WE did it!"

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    Beloved Friends,

    Those two unruly brothers have the potential to grow into productive, creative and resourceful adults IF they're properly guided with loving parents. They especially need an understanding but firm dad. Children first learn by example. Upright and moral fathers are conscientious models for their young and impressionable sons.

    Some of the references in the Holy Bible concerning family life:

    1 Timothy 3;4, 5 - "He must be a good manager of his own household, keeping his children under control without sacrificing his dignity; for if a man does not know how to manage his own house, how can he take care of the church of God? "

    Proverbs 29:17 - "Correct your son, and he will bring you comfort, and delight to your soul."

    Proverbs 23;24 - "The father of a just man will exult with glee; he who begets a wise son will have joy in him.

    How can you take fatherhood to the next level - how can you, as a parent and role model challenge yourself to bring out the best in your sons?

    Are you willing to accelerate your efforts and rededicate yourself with new vigor and integrity in fulfilling your mission as the world's greatest dad?

    In your commitment to your family, will you teach them the ways of the Lord - will you keep the Commandments and receive the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist regularly together with your family?

    We need to thank Our Heavenly Father. His loves us more than we can imagine for he gave His only Son to suffer for our salvation. His Son, Jesus Christ, paid a debt he didn't owe because we owed a debt that we could't pay."

    John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

    May you be blessed with children who grow in the grace of the Lord, and may you and your family truly enjoy a happy Father's Day!

    Your companion in prayer,

    Mary

    FATHER'S DAY PRAYER

    Heavenly Father, source of all wisdom, give strength and hope
    to all who are Father's today. Grant them wisdom, courage, mercy,
    and the grace they need to live out this most holy calling. Give them
    joy and peace in You. We ask this in Christ's name. Amen.

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