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Good Fathers Wanted

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By Marc Massery (Jun 16, 2018)
We need fathers to teach our boys how to become men. And that takes more than showing them how to shave and change the oil.

Unfortunately, many in our culture did not receive from their fathers what they truly needed: emotional intimacy. As a result, our culture has depicted fatherhood in the image of Archie Bunker — shallow, misogynistic, and emotionally aloof.

We need men with character, who exemplify virtues of humility, loyalty, courage, and compassion. Despite what our culture tends to believe, anger, violence, and hard-heartedness do not characterize true manhood.

Christ exemplifies true manhood.

Unfortunately, our culture continues to fall away from the Lord. As a result, many fathers have not been good to their children, causing ripple effects throughout our world.

Read this excerpt from Dr. Joshua Straub's book Safe House:

A team of researchers at the John Hopkins School of Medicine set out on a 30-year study to find if a single related cause existed for five major issues: mental illness, hypertension, malignant tumors, coronary heart disease, and suicide. After studying 1,377 students over thirty years, the most prevalent single cause wasn't what everyone thought. They found that the most significant predictor of these tragedies was a lack of closeness to the parents, especially the father.

This study implies that fatherlessness is making us ill, emotionally and physically.

Certainly, St. Joseph did not need much material wealth to give His Son what He needed to grow in health and virtue. He merely offered his humility and loving protection.

Fathers, if you want to provide for your children and help them live full, healthy lives, you must strive for virtue and holiness yourselves. Seek the Lord with all your heart, because only with His grace will you have what it takes to teach your children how to become who God created them to be.

For those whose fathers were not emotionally present, for those whose fathers hurt them emotionally or even physically over and over again, draw close to God and He will draw close to you. The Lord can mend all broken hearts and be the Father you always needed.

And for all those fathers who have taught their children well (shout out to my dad!), thank you.

Happy Father's Day.

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