Thoughts on Fathers Day

Father’s Day is here again and I wanted to say thank you to all of the wonderful men of God who have been a Father to me in my life, some way or another.

Thank you firstly to my Dad, who has always been there to support me. Your model of love has showed me that it is okay to cry, that it is okay to admit faults and the respect I should have for others.

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Our family in Nebraska

Thank you to both of my Grandfathers for your fatherly wisdom, love, and advice you have always given me. Thank you Gramps for the life lessons on the farm, how to drive a four wheeler, change a tire, and so much more! Thank you to Grandpa Bruns for your silent witness. I say silent because you were a man of careful words. You loved much and it showed in your actions and carefully thought out words. Even though you sometimes might be frustrated with Grandma I never remember hearing you utter a bad word against her, instead you always tried to help out in some way. I miss you and your hugs!

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Dale Bruns

Below is a video I found tonight watching videos of Grandpa Bruns feeding me as a baby.

Thank you to my GodFather Uncle Tim for your support and love over the years, especially for your support while I live and go to school near you guys. It is always great to see you all and have a home cooked meal!

Thank you to the wonderful priests in my life, who have inspired my vocational journey and who have taught me the Faith. Thank you to Fr. Cash, Fr. Baker, Fr. Andy, Fr. Will, my semimary formators and all of you many  Holy men of God who have kept me close to Jesus throughout my life!

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Pictures of myself and Fr. Cash and Fr. Baker, as well as my brother Brody.

And thank you to Bishop Medley, who is becoming such a great Father to me as I continue through Seminary.

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Thank you to all of the Fathers who have inspired, taught, and educated me. I am blessed by your presence in my life.

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St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church

St. Joseph, Foster father of Christ, pray for all Fathers!

On a side note, 20 years ago today my triplet siblings and I came home on Fathers Day from the Hospital. What a great day for my Dad!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers in the world, but especially to those in my life.

Happy Father’s Day to my Dad; Larry Bruns. From you I get my name, my love of hands on working, my love of mowing and working outdoors,  my middle name, as well as my love of antiques. Thank-you for always being there for me and for all that you do in my life.

48071_10200919640258498_1938964509_nHappy Father’s Day to my Grandpa; Stan Musholt. From you I get my heritage, memories of the farm and travel experiences, lessons in common sense, first driving lessons (even though you never would let me drive that Bulldozer!), my strong work ethic, and the will to get things done and carry on.

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Happy Father’s Day to my Grandfather; Dale Bruns who is celebrating this day with St. Joseph, the model Father. You were always a model of a kind, gentle soul who truly cared about others. Seldom was there not a smile on your face. Thank-you for keeping our dog Maudy when we first moved to Nebraska, thank-you for your stories of the seed company, thank-you for your witness to the sacramentality and permanence of marriage in your almost 71years to Grandma. You will always be on my heart and in my mind. I love you Grandpa and miss you!

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Last but not least thank-you to those other Fathers in my life.

To my Godfather and Uncle; Tim Musholt.

Thank-you to those who have been spiritual fathers and role models to me. To Fr. Richard Cash for your love of the faith and the priesthood which you instilled in myself and my family. To Fr. Gerald Baker, my former pastor who helped show me that the only important thing in life is Heaven and for your guidance and friendship throughout the years. To Fr. Andy Garner, my former Vocation Director who instilled in me the need of being a priest for and of the people. For your friendship and guidance that you have given me in my short time in seminary. To those other priests who have impacted my life by their model of love and devotion, Fr. Josh McCarty, Fr. Freddie Byrd, Fr. Greg Trawick, Fr. Bob Robeson, Fr. Tom Widner, Fr. Pat Beidelman, Fr. James Wheeler OFM, Fr. Bruce Fogle, and many more. Thank-you for your witness and love of the Priesthood, the Faith, the Mass. Because of you I am who I am today.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all Father’s, biological and spiritual. You are great men and an inspiration to all. Keep being a man for Christ!

 

+In His Mercy,

Corey D. Bruns