Dad with Children“Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. (John 5:19) In today’s gospel, we hear Jesus explain to the Jews that what he does comes from his Father. Those are words that I can relate too as a father and a son.

My parents – my version of the Father – have always been great role models for me. They taught me the value of family; what it meant to be a father. When I married, I knew that my number one priority would be my family. I owe that to my parents. They were not perfect; far from it. However, from their imperfections I learned that for my marriage and my family to succeed I have to be present and be respectful of my wife and children. Moreover, I learned that I must forgive them for their weaknesses and understand our differences. Of course, that is easier said than done. Nevertheless, from my parents’ actions I learned that despite my struggles I must continue to push forward. I love my parents today more than I did when I was a child. Moreover, I have completely forgiven them for their shortcomings. I now understand how difficult it must have been for them to raise 10 children.

Yet, the lesson I valued the most from my parents is how to pray. To this day, my parents’ first action of the day is to pray; they taught us how to pray together as a family by praying the rosary everyday; and they impressed upon us the importance of honoring God by attending mass every week. Those are the lessons I am trying to teach my children too. Just like Jesus cannot do anything on his own, I believe my children need me – and my wife – to become loving, compassionate, and prayerful children of God. I pray to the Holy Spirit to guide me along the way.

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