Dear Sister and Brothers in the Lord,
Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. On this glorious Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, we are drawn to praise our Heavenly Father who gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus, that we might have eternal life. We receive Him in the Eucharist. Pope Francis recalls Jesus breaking the bread. He says, “This is the Eucharistic gesture par excellence. It is the distinctive sign of our faith and the place where we encounter the Lord who offers himself so that we can be reborn to new life.”
Today, we are privileged to also celebrate the gift of our earthly fathers. We pray with thanksgiving for St. Joseph, our most precious human father, who opened himself to care tenderly for Jesus and to nurture Him as His fiat of love to God the Father. In the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, we encounter an image of this wondrous love in an alcove left to the altar in the main sanctuary. Here we find St. Joseph at his carpenter’s bench listening intently to the Child, Jesus. The poignant animation of this scene as depicted by the artist, Bruno Lucchesi, shows the humble offering of heart, mind, soul and strength of St. Joseph.
We offer prayers of thanksgiving for our fathers. You may wish to honor your father through a donation to sustain the ministry of love to the pilgrims who receive blessings in this magnificent sanctuary.
As we come to the table of the Lord to receive the Holy Eucharist, may we serve as the Father asks, that by our daily living all will be satisfied in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
May God, who, through the grace of the Holy Family, willed to redeem the human family, be pleased to enrich you and those you love with every blessing!
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John Noonan
Unite yourself with us in prayer on
Father’s Day and throughout the month of June.
Please list the name(s) of those you wish honored/memorialized this Father’s Day. We will include these names in the Basilica’s Father’s Day Honor Roll.