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Topic: fathers (06/06/05)
TITLE: FATHERS THREE
By Gabrielle Morgan
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When I think of fathers, I think of my own genealogical father, my Father in heaven, and the priests I have known. All, so essential to me.
There is sadness when I think of my own father, divorce from my mother separated him from me. As a young child he was someone who visited, called me dear, gave me presents, then returned to the sea.
Through the years of my growing his letters sustained. I looked up arrival times in the paper to find when his ship was coming to Port, an event in my life which engendered a thrill beyond compare. I admired my father. His absence intensified the excitement on his return. But it was not often as the sea and his livelihood kept him away.
My father did not have a long life. He died in middle age and I felt denied. I had never had the chance to know him well, only formal visits. I kept his letters, and I still try to piece together the essential man I didn’t really know.
But I have hope, because there is my eternal Father. I have faith that in His design one day all will be revealed to me.
Then there have been the Fathers of the Catholic Church I have known, priests who have been like real fathers to me. They have given of themselves in a service of love, support and guidance, watched over my spiritual development and led me to a love of my Heavenly Father. I was Protestant by birth, and had very little religious instruction during my formative years. It was not until I found a strong sense of the spirit in the Catholic Church that I truly acknowledged the love of God. It was only due to the selfless dedication of the priests I have met, and the faith of the people within the body of Christ, that I truly acknowledge the love of God our Father.
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