Christian men

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June is a special month for Christian men with the celebration of Father’s Day. Several prayers in the liturgy address God as the one “from whom all fatherhood takes its name.” What a message that gives to Christian fathers and what an awesome responsibility that entails! You must be an image of God the Father to your spouse, and to your children and grandchildren. You are to reflect to them the steadfast love and mercy of God, as well as be a source of strength and support for them. Be men of virtue, which means “manliness”; and be holy, for God is holy. (Cf. Leviticus 19:2)

We have certainly experienced a stormy spring, in more ways than one. Locally we have experienced hail and tornadoes. In our country there have been wildfires, tornadoes and floods. The world has seen volcanoes, earthquakes and a major tsunami. There has also been political upheaval both at home and abroad. Some have interpreted these as signs of the end. Of course the only end that really matters is the end of the course of our individual lives on earth and how prepared we are to stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Again I say we are to be men of virtue. This means we are to be exemplary in the practice of our faith, to look forward in hope to the salvation Christ has won for us, and to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” (Matthew 6:33)