Dear Parishioners of Our Beloved St. Paul:
Praised be Jesus Christ, and Mary, His Most Holy Mother!
From my grandfather I learned good morals and how to govern my temper.
From my father I learned modesty and manly character
From my mother piety and beneficence…and a simple way of living.
Thus wrote the great Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in his book Meditations. In ancient Roman society the elderly were held in the highest veneration. Respect for the elderly is still embedded in every culture, and that is all the more the case when the elderly are our parents. And so should it be with all of us.
When Moses returned from Sinai’s height he brought with him the Ten Commandments. These had been given to him by God himself. Of all the Ten Commandments only one has a blessing attached to it – the fourth commandment which is honor thy father and thy mother.
This commandment of God is the sweetest of the commandments because it commands us to do something toward which our nature is ordered. We honor our parents by always doing their will on earth and seeing that they depart this world with Christian burial. We continue to honor them when we have Masses offered for them .
Yes, we owe our parents everything and we will be blessed by God if we fulfill the precepts of the fourth commandment.
A Blessed Fathers’ Day.
Nos cum prole pia,
Benedicat Virgo Maria!
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda