Fathers are some of the most down to earth, practical angels we will encounter on this side of Heaven. How many times have we found ourselves saying:
“Thanks for helping with my car!”
“How do I set up a 401K account again?”
“Watch me do this new thing I just learned!”
Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to think about WHY you ask Dad all those questions, go to him for advice, or enjoy spending time with him, and then actually share your reflections with him!
That being said, in a world that communicates in texts and tweets and other miniscule amounts of words, it can be difficult to find the words to express your sentiments when you want to convey more than a quick “thank you” or “how to” question.
What To Do?
A good place to start is to pick one focus point. What’s one characteristic of your dad or fatherly figure that stands out to you the most? Is he a great listener? Is he wise? Does he have a huge heart? Do you trust him with everything?
Then take that one point and run with it! To add some “umph” to your message, a bible verse or a quote from a saint or modern Catholic figure can serve as a thoughtful introduction or segway into your reflection.
We’ve put together a list of 10 quotes to help get your creative juices flowing, arranged by 10 unique characteristics that might stand out in your dad.
Even if you aren’t able to write to your biological father this Father’s Day, we encourage you to write to another father you love and appreciate. It can be your husband or son, grandfather, godfather, an influential priest, or any man you consider a paternal influence in your life. You never know how your words may touch his heart!
10 Striking, Saintly Quotes To Feature In Your Father’s Day Note
1. For the Big-Hearted Father
“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” - Antoine François Prévost
2. For the Father You Trust With Everything
“Many say, “My loyal friend,” but who can find someone worthy of trust? The just walk in integrity; happy are their children after them!” - Proverbs 20: 6-7
3. For the Father Who Is Always There For You
“Every family needs a father -- a father who shares in his family's joy and pain, hands down wisdom to his children and offers them firm guidance and love.” - Pope Francis
4. For the Father Who Truly Leads
“In revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God, a man is called upon to ensure the harmonious and united development of all the members of the family.” - St. John Paul II
5. For the Father Who Overcame Trials
“To the brave man, good and bad luck are like his right and left hand. He uses both.” - St. Catherine of Siena
6. For the Sacrificial Father
“Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.” - St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
7. For the Father Who Showed You How to Be a Good Man
“Be firm, be virile, be a man. And then...be a saint.” - St. Josemaria Escriva
8. For the Prayerful Father
“A man of prayer is capable of everything.” - St. Vincent de Paul
9. For the Encouraging or Inspiring Father
“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
10. For the Father Who Somehow Does It All
“In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the cross can all fit together.” - G.K. Chesterton
Find the perfect Catholic gift to pair with your Father's Day note here: 10 Home-Run Father's Day Gift Ideas.
What do you love or appreciate most about your dad or fatherly figure? Share with us in the comments!