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A Father's Day poem for priests

June 12, 2014

A poetic tribute of appreciation for the priesthood.

In conjunction with today's priestly ordinations at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona, Minnesota, as well as the secular observance of Fathers' Day this Sunday, we offer this poem of gratitude for priests.

I thank thee Father (gratitude for our priests)

The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech." (Ps. 109:4;
Heb. 5:6)

I thank thee Father
for all
thou hast done:
for giving us
God’s only Son;
for all the Sacrifices
thou dost make;
for consecrating
the bread we take

I thank thee Father
for the sacraments:
Baptism,
Communion,
and Penance
for helping us
to sanctify
our souls’ hunger
to satisfy

I thank thee Father
for thine obedience
for being our shepherd
for thy guidance
for leading us
into pastures green
for lifting our hearts
to things unseen

I thank thee Father
for thy vocation
for spreading
the Gospel
to every nation
for giving thy life
that we might live
I thank thee Father
for all thou dost give

I thank thee Father
for thy selflessness
for all the ways
thou dost bless
our lives
amidst the world’s
wretchedness
for giving thine all
and nothing less

I thank thee Father
for thy guiding light
amidst a world
in dark of night
like our Lord
for shining bright
for being the King’s
trustworthy knight

I thank thee Father
for being there
in times of joy,
or in despair
for thy words
of counsel
and consolation
I thank thee Father
for thy vocation