HAPPY FATHER’S DAY … ‘To my many fathers and to all like them, thank you and Happy Father’s Day’ … Mike Kerrigan, from To All the Fathers in My Life, Thank You (wsj.com, June 14, 2019)
Many mentors have influenced me with their muscular Christianity, but Father Byrne’s method of shaping souls was different. He drew upon St. Francis of Assisi’s maxim: “Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” The diminutive priest was a giant in my life but made himself small so students like me would aspire, as he did, to live as men for others.
This is the phrase—men for others—that runs through my mind this Father’s Day. It’s how men like my dad and Father Byrne lived, and I’m convinced it’s critical to being a good father; indeed, a good person. Find something meaningful that is bigger than yourself and live for it, simple as that. For seeking the good of another is more than living, it is loving.
To my many fathers and to all like them, thank you and Happy Father’s Day
~ Mike Kerrigan, from To All…
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