Thy Kingdom Come!
Dear Friends in Christ,
“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.”
It only happened once, but it was awful. After arriving home from my High School soccer practice, my dad invited me out to dinner (I was the youngest, so my other siblings were in college or working). I sat in the back seat and my dad asked me to jump up to the front…he told me that mom was not joining us. When I asked why, he gave no answer. Later, my stomach began to feel queazy and I had no desire to eat the big piece of steak that my dad had ordered for me…I just wanted to go home and figure out what was wrong. As we arrived home, my dad walked by my mom and they did not make eye contact or say a word. This really hurt! I could not study or sleep…I was really worried. This had never happened before and it seemed like the anchor of my life was being ripped away. As I came down for breakfast the next morning, I heard my dad say, “Honey, I am really sorry for what I said to you…please forgive me.” Then they hugged and kissed and everything was ok. Thanks, mom and dad for making your marriage work…I learned so much along the way!!
Fr. Michael Sliney, LC