A Message to Dad A father passing by his teenage sons room was astonished to see that his bed was neatly made and everything picked up off the floor

A Message to Dad A father passing by his teenage sons room was astonished to see that his bed was neatly made and everything picked up off the floor - Description

Then he saw the envelope propped up prominently on the pillow With a sickening feeling he moved in closer to investigate The letter was addressed to him With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands to read what was within D ID: 36765 Download Pdf

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A Message to Dad A father passing by his teenage sons room was astonished to see that his bed was neatly made and everything picked up off the floor

Then he saw the envelope propped up prominently on the pillow With a sickening feeling he moved in closer to investigate The letter was addressed to him With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands to read what was within D

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“A Message to Dad A father passing by his teenage son’s room was astonished to see that his bed was neatly made and everything picked up off the floor. Then he saw the envelope propped up prominently on the pillow. With a sickening feeling he moved in closer to investigate. The letter was addressed to him. With the worst premonition, he opened the envelope with trembling hands to read what was within. Dear Dad: It is with great regret and sorrow that I am writing you. I have had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with you and mom. Stacy is no

nice. I just know she is the one for me. But I knew you would not approve of her because of her tattoos, piercing, leather motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is so much older than I am. Dad, Stacy promised me that we would be very happy together. She owns a little cabin our
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in the woods and has already chopped a stack of firewood to get us through the winter. Please do not worry, Dad, I am 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I am sure that we will be back to visit so that you get to know your grandchildren. Love you son John. PS: Dad, none of the above is

true. I am over at Tommy’s house. I just wanted to remind you those there worse things in life than a bad report card. It is in my center desk drawer. I love you. Call when it is safe to come home. Many of us have probably experienced the dread that drove 15 year old John to create such an elaborate ruse at report card time. And how many parents have needed to hear the wise reminder that John provided his mom and dad: “There are worse things in life than a bad report card.
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Indeed, on this Feast of the Holy Family, both a desperate teenager’s letter and the gospel passage we

hear remind us that family can be a stressful, sometime painful venture. Yes, indeed to be a parent even of Jesus is to have your heart go walking around outside your body. While Joseph fades from the scriptures after the birth of Jesus, we encounter those incidents, which, like the sword Simeon prophesied, pierce the heart of Mary. Indeed, Jesus was truly divine, the very Son of God, but he was just as truly fully human, placing on his parents every stress and strain known to parenthood. The flight into to save Jesus from the slaughter of the innocents; the boy Jesus lost for three days in

Jerusalem only to be discovered preaching in the temple; Mary standing helpless along Calvary’s road as Jesus trudges by
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bearing the cross are only a few of these stress and strains recorded in holy scripture. Providentially, the church bids us to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family during the Christmas season, that time of year when we are most focused on birth, on hope, and on love. It is the time of year when, though strain and stress is real, yet our hearts yearn to experience rebirth, to rekindle hope, to renew love. It is the time of year when we look at our children

and remember the hopes and dreams we lay upon them as we gaze into their newborn eyes. It is also the time of year when we look beyond the foibles and failings of parents and see most clearly what love and care lay beneath. Indeed, it is the season for such revelations, the feast for such truth telling.