Sunday, January 16, 2011

Father-Daughter Dance a Success!

Word is that, even with some intermittent distractions given over to a TV out by the coat check area, the annual CMH Father-Daughter Dinner Dance was a great success.

Special thanks to Lori Seubert and the Mothers Club for the great annual event.

My role was simply to offer a welcome and a prayer. If interested, here is the prayer I offered:

Somewhat surprisingly, Sacred Scripture offers very few passages that reflect on the relationship of fathers and daughters. But, there is one that caught my eye -- Sirach 42:9 – “A daughter is a treasure that keeps her father wakeful, and worry over her drives away rest.” Or as the present day country singer Rodney Atkins puts it: ”Don’t worry son, I’ll probably be up all night cleaning this gun.”

Everyone knows that the relationship between a father and a daughter is unique –

Fathers can be providers and teachers to all of the kids. They can be great examples in their love for their wives.

But in their daughter’s imagination they can be knights in shining armor, Prince Charming, and last minute rescuers. In their daughter’s minds fathers can be their transforming encouragement and their most caring judge. In their daughter’s hearts fathers can be the lifelong standard against which all loves will compare.

So tonight, let this be our prayer –

May all the fathers here present, ask the intercession of St. Joseph, husband of Mary, for the integrity to know their responsibility to the imagination, the mind, and the hearts of their daughters – now and throughout their lives.

May all daughters here ask the intercession of St. Maria Goretti, for the openness, trust, and willingness to receive from their fathers all their care and love.

May all here realize that in the love that a father shows his daughter, the daughter learns something about the deep love of her Father in Heaven. In the love a daughter shows her father, the father realizes more fully the first mission given him by the Holy Spirit.

May all here pray in thanksgiving for love, for family, for faith, and for the community of Catholic Memorial High School.

May God’s blessings be upon our time together, and all that is shared tonight from the bounty of the earth and the love and friendships of our hearts.

St. Joseph, husband of Mary, pray for us.

St. Maria Goretti, patron of teenage girls, pray for us

Our Lady of Memorial, prayer for us.

We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord.

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