Welcome to an early MMT and happy Fathers Day 2019. For many of you tomorrow may be the first Monday Moanin in a long time when you can hit the snooze on your iPhone alarm. Enjoy the experience! Today, I think about all of the men who have influenced me in my life and I am grateful for their help. Today, I honor two of those men. Of course I think about my dad, Don Hickey, with fond memories and appreciation. He passed away in 1991 and there is not a day that goes by where he is not in my thoughts. His humor, work ethic, faith, caring attitude, and his love of family and his wife Rose, has rubbed off on all of his 6 sons. As my brother Bill said at his funeral, Don Lives! Another father that is a wonderful model for me is my father-in-law, George. He has been my other Dad for 29 years. He also is a model for me and he exhibits all of the traits I admired in my Dad. Above all he is the definition of a giver. At 85, he is an avid golfer, friend to many, loving husband, and caring father. He is a person who always puts others first. He gives freely in caring for his wife Manya, as they live daily with the challenges of Alzheimer’s. Not an easy task but he handles it with love and grace, guided by a strong faith. I am so grateful to these incredible men for modeling what it means to be a father and a husband. Thank you so much.
To conclude todays MMT , I was given this prayer reflection written by Fr. Bernard A. Healy. Healy reminds us of the many roles and challenges that Fathers and others play in our lives. Have a great day and celebrate the good men that have influenced us in a positive way.
God our Father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation: may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family, and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for our own father’s around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.
We think about the men that are not Fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us but live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen