Fr Sylvester started the Mass by congratulating the fathers that were present and those online. When he came to preach he began, “Today is Father’s Day. There is no doubt that many male members of this congregation are fathers, whether they are living with their own children, or other, or no children. We know that more than half of the children in South Africa are not living with their biological father present in their lives. Most of their fathers are alive, somewhere else. Maybe they were too young or the mother’s family turned them away. Maybe they are mature married men with another family. That is a sadness for the fathers as well as for the children as it is well researched that fathers can play a very positive role in their sons’ and daughters’ lives. Of course today we do celebrate very specially with all the many dads who do their best, who love their children and support them through thick and thin.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny and not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. You are of more value than many sparrows. Mat 10:26-33
Pope Francis:. Dear boys and girls: Perhaps your experience of fatherhood has not been the best. Your earthly father may have been distant or absent, or harsh and domineering. Or maybe he was just not the father you needed. What I can tell you with absolute certainty is that you can find security in the embrace of your heavenly Father, of the God who first gave you life, and continues to give it to you at every moment. He will be your constant support while he fully respects your freedom. CV114.
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