Dads Matter – Photo of Son Kissing Father’s Casket Goes Viral

I’m a sucker for photos like these. Dads mean so much to their children. It’s a bond that popular culture at best takes for granted and at worst revels in its erosion.

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Quoting from WISN:

Trooper’s son bids final goodbye to his father with one kiss

In the photo, Brian Falb Jr., 12, says his final goodbye by kissing the casket of his father — New York State Trooper Brian Falb Sr.

Falb Sr., 47, died after a year-long battle with stage-four brain cancer.

He was assigned to the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Falb Sr. died March 13. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary, and the couple’s four children.

As both a son and a father, photos like this move me. Prayers for the repose of the soul of Brian Falb Sr. ☩

Avoiding ‘Just Going Through the Motions’ – Part Two: The Mass

This is the second part of a two-part series on finding joy by living a Catholic life and how to avoid ‘going through the motions’ in your spiritual life. It is important to read the introduction of the series HERE before moving onto the rest of this article (introduction ends before the ‘Daily Life’ section).

Since we discussed ways to bring Catholicism into daily life with joy and freshness, let’s discuss how we can really find meaning and importance in the Mass. We must approach the Mass with humility and gratitude. Mass is where we receive the life-giving manna that is Christ. It is partaking in the sacrifice of THE Lamb. It is a celebration of the marriage between Jesus and his Church. This is not a simple “church service”. “Mass”, taken from the final the phrase at the end of the Latin Mass, “Ite, Missa Est”, urges us to “go forth” with the mission of spreading the Gospel in our daily lives. “Ite, Missa Est” translated to English is what most of us are familiar with (for those of you that don’t leave immediately after Communion): The Mass is ended, go in peace. How can we go forth spreading the Gospel if we are joyless in our faith and only of doing the least amount possible (or less) to be considered a Catholic?

To properly participate in the Mass it requires we are in the proper mindset leading up to and during it. We must find the meaning in every prayer we speak, we must find humility, we must yearn to understand what we might not yet understand about the Mass.

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Be Grateful: Father Who Just Lost His Wife Sings To Dying Newborn

Ashley & Chris | Ashley Picco Memorial Fund
Ashley & Chris | Ashley Picco Memorial Fund

A video has gone viral of a father singing The Beatles’ “Blackbird” to his dying son right after he lost his wife to an emergency cesarean section. This situation is about as terrible as they come: a normally joyous occasion turned on its head with a sudden loss of everything important. First we should pray to Our Lady that She intercede for Chris, that she helps him move forward through this time of sadness. Second, we should pray for his wife, Ashley, and his son, Lennon, that they find their way to their eternal home in Heaven.

Thirdly we should let stories like this teach us gratitude. Continue reading