A Father's Joy

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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

I recently wrote this letter to my daughter on the occasion of her eighth grade graduation. She received it at her class retreat with other beautiful letters from her mom, grandparents, aunts and special friends. I asked her permission to share it with our CatholicMom family hoping to inspire other fathers to prayerfully reflect on the gift of our children that they would lovingly affirm them as beautiful sons and daughters of a most amazing God!

My Dearest Daughter,

I Love You…

You are a most precious and extraordinary young woman.

You are a well spring of love, joy, laughter, warmth, comfort and inspiration to everyone in your life.

You are growing as a leader and with genuine leadership will always come much responsibility. Always strive to set the example by exceeding the standards. Observe and listen to others so that you would quietly learn from the success and failures of those around you and those who have walked ahead of you.

You are a child of God.

“You see, comparisons to others will never bear fruit. You are unique.” [1]

Continue to work hard and live well – in grace – without compromise of who you are for what you can gain or achieve in the eyes of this world. Continue to grow in love with God, our Heavenly Mother and your family. We can never love too much. Continue to be a loyal, honest, trustworthy and caring person that nurtures, supports and affirms those who share in your life – those who offer you a sharing of their life on the journey.

True friendship is a gift.

Forgive and ask forgiveness.

Be Humble and Be Thankful.

Be Beautiful and Be Pure.

Be Faith-filled and Be Catholic.

Be a Pioneer. [2]

Be who you already are – who you were created to be.

Bloom strong! [3]

I Love You…

Dad

 

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About Author

Brian is a cradle Catholic, husband and father. He’s the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Possibility Productions, a 501(c)(3) faith event evangelization apostolate in service of the Body of Christ. Brian has proudly served the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno on the Board of Directors for KNXT Catholic Television. He’s the Steward of St. Patrick’s Faith Event Ministry for his local parish. Brian is also a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Brian and his wife are consecrated members of the Militia Immaculata. For information on the MI and total consecration visit www.consecration.com.

11 Comments

  1. Brian, as a self proclaimed “Daddy’s Girl”, I love this! I wish you a happy Father’s Day – thank you for sharing your gifts with us here and for all the love you pour into being a good Dad. Your family is blessed!

    • Brian Kravec on

      Dear Lisa,

      Thank you, my friend, for this amazing opportunity to share this little piece of me on CatholicMom.

      Glory to God!

      Brian

  2. Brian, thanks, this is excellent! I think the greatest thing about heaven is going to be the appreciation of our Father who loves us with this kind of love.

  3. Brian…how beautiful! If more fathers could portray this special love to their children, we would have healthy, stable children. The malady in today’s world is lack of genuine, sacrificial love.
    What a blessing to witness this with you and your sweet daughter. I love the picture…it says it all… annie karto

    • Brian Kravec on

      Dear Annie,

      What a joy to hear from you! As always! You are in my heart and my prayers!

      Your brother in Christ,

      Brian

  4. Brian: what a beautiful letter. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Loved the photo:) how precious you both are!
    Peace: Anne Fultz

    • Brian Kravec on

      Justin – It’s great to hear from you! Happy Father’s Day! I look forward to breaking bread with you and pouring God’s love into our youth with you in September!

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