This Father's Day, as we share the joy of celebration with our loved ones, we ask that you pass a moment to remember the fathers in the world who may not have the quiet moments of leisure with family and friends that we so cherish. This year, Father's Day falls on World Day for Refugees. Sr. Joan Polak, ND, was kind enough to share this lovely prayer written for the fathers who have fled with their families, in search of safety and a peace. Perhaps we can all find a moment today to remember them in all of our prayers!
Heavenly Father, Father of all and Creator of all, we come to you today asking you to bless all fathers here on earth — fathers caring for and loving their children.
We remember also the fathers who fled their homeland for safety and a better life. We trust you will find them refuge and keep them protected as they protect their children. We pray you bring them safely to their new homeland.
Open our hearts to receive them graciously and neighbors and brothers in Christ.
We pray that all fathers care for their children as you care for them. Remembering your words, “I am with you always,” we pray for your watchful presence, guidance, and the gift of wisdom for all fathers that they one day be united with you.
Lastly, we ask that our earthly fathers be blessed with faith, wisdom, and enduring love.
Sr. Joan Polak, ND
Notre Dame Sisters