The insert, “The Best Advice My Father Ever Gave Me,” is a collection of quotes that your fellow parishioners of St. James’ have shared with us over the past several weeks. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
I submitted two quotes from my own father. One was from a sign that hung above his desk while I was growing up:
Children need models, not critics.
I’d like to share, again, an image with you.
Imagine, if you will, a child working in the backyard, helping his father build a mini barn. The child is doing it wrong: cutting the wood the wrong length; using the tools wrong, even dangerously. Taking too long to do the work.
The father knows he’s doing it wrong. He has several ways to respond:
One possibility is to ignore it, to “celebrate the child’s individuality,” to pretend there are no standards; to ex…