I know I’m not alone in wondering. Many people live with the pain of a damaged relationship. Others still wake up with a hurt inside them. Maybe they had a hard relationship with their own father, a story that sounds a little like mine. Maybe their dad drank too much or abused drugs or doled out abuse. Maybe he was a workaholic. Maybe he landed in jail. And the pain, after all this time, lingers. My brothers and sisters you who are called to service with the Lord can find a way to let go of these situations. It is never too late for you to make amends. This is the right time as you read this email.
Maybe you hurt your father. You left home in a huff, turned your back on your dad and family and went as far away as you could. And now that you have children of your own, you long to reconnect, but you don’t know how.
Maybe some readers are like a “deadbeat” dad. They never took the time to know their children. Perhaps they’ve never even seen them. But sometimes they wonder about them. Do they have families of their own? Have they moved on? They wish they could’ve done things differently. But they wonder – is it too late?
It’s never too late, not as long as we have breath in our bodies. Our relationships may have bent. They may even have broken. But with time and effort and a whole lot of forgiveness, we can mend them. There is hope!
There’s still a chance to make a moment or two. Or twenty. Or two hundred. There’s still a chance to reconnect with your father.
There’s still a chance to be a good dad. Try it today and mend those broken fences. You will love the results.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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