"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are." 
—  1 John 3:1-2 
The parable of the Merciful Father
(...) So he got up and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’
But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’
—  Luke 15: 20-24
"Prodigal Son" (Charlie Mackesy, 2000) 
"When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, [...] in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!". So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God."
—  Galatians 4:4-7 (NRSVCE)
"For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him."
—  Romans 8:15-17 (NRSVCE)
"Man cannot be manifested in the full dignity of his nature without reference—not only on the level of concepts but also in an integrally existential way—to God. Man and man’s lofty calling are revealed in Christ through the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love."
— St. John Paul II, Dives in misercordia, n. 1  
"The crisis of fatherhood we are living today is an element, perhaps the most important, threatening man in his humanity.
The dissolution of fatherhood and motherhood is linked to the dis-solution of our being sons and daughters."
—Pope Benedict XVI, Palermo, March 15th, 2000 


  1. Father's Love Letter
  2. 'Abba Pater', with John Paul II (1999)
  3. Abba Pater (by The ADVENTure)
  4. 'Father of Mercies' - talk by Dr. Scott Hahn (2016)