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Blessed are the Father Figures - A Letter From the Editor.

Updated: Jun 18, 2018



This Sunday is Father's Day and we would like to salute all the wonderful men in our lives who serve as father figures. They shelter us from harm, teach us kind things, important things and sometimes make us laugh. They guide us, prepare us, encourage us to reach higher and when we get there - they say gently,

"higher still...you can do it. I believe in you." They teach us to" look both ways before we cross the street," "study hard to play hard" and remind us to "change the oil in the car." They toss a ball with us, mind the Barbecue even after they have worked from sun up to sun down. They give everything - teach us, "what's mine is yours ."


Just don't ask for the remote control ;) hahahah


Marist Fathers thank you for everything you do !
Below is a poem for you and our readers.

"Shoulders"

Poem by: Naomi Shihab Nye


A man crosses the street in rain,

stepping gently, looking two times north and south,

because his son is asleep on his shoulder.


No car must splash him.

No car drive too near to his shadow.


This man carries the world’s most sensitive cargo

but he’s not marked.

Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE,

HANDLE WITH CARE.


His ear fills up with breathing.

He hears the hum of a boy’s dream

deep inside him.


We’re not going to be able

to live in this world

if we’re not willing to do what he’s doing

with one another.




Sincerely,


Melida

© Melida Rodas 2018   Web Developer / Writer / Multimedia Artist