Father Fred Link, O.F.M.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, Dads! As I honor my own Father who has been gone from this life since 1974, I also honor all of the Fathers and Grandfathers of St. Clement Parish. I remember being told at the time of my Dad’s death that the most significant influence in a son’s life is his Father—for good or ill! I rejoice when I see young dads in church with their families—what a splendid gift they are giving their children! And I am edified by the large number of older men, many widowed, who faithfully attend Mass. Pope St. John XXIII made the sad but true comment: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” He was pope in the early 60’s. I believe that this is perhaps even truer today. At the same time, I would like to think this is not so here at St. Clement. In any case, Dads, your vocation as a Father is absolutely vital to the well-being of your children. And so today, we salute you, thank you, and pledge our love to you once again. 
 
I know that in today’s society, many women have to be both mother and father to their children. And they do so courageously, often at great personal cost. I don’t know how some of these women do it! Of course, all parents should be willing to lay down their lives for their children. 
 

I wish my Dad were still around to talk to (although he would be 115!), or that I had taken the opportunity to share with him on a deeper level than we did. Actually, I can, because I know he is living with the Lord. If your Dad has passed, why not still have a conversation with him this Sunday and reinforce your love for him. Though he may have made lots of mistakes, he now realizes that and is capable only of loving you and interceding on your behalf.