Pastoral Prayer for June 19, 2022
On this Father’s Day 2022, I invite all the men present today
to hear this blessing prayer for fathers by John O’Donohue
in the most inclusive way possible.
Hear it as a blessing not only on the fathers in each of our lives,
and on those who are fathers in the literal sense,
but also on grandfathers,
and on all those – including mothers and grandmothers! –
who share the strength and care of fatherly love
with all the children in their lives.
This is also a blessing and a prayer that needs to be grown into,
and we need to remember that the stages of our growing do not end
in this dimension, but continue into eternity.
FOR A FATHER
The longer we live,
The more of your presence
We find, laid down,
Within our lives.
The quiet constancy of your gentleness
Drew no attention to itself,
Yet filled our home
With a climate of kindness
Where each mind felt free
To seek its own direction.
As the fields of distance
Opened inside childhood,
Your presence was a sheltering tree
Where our fledgling hearts could rest.