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Fathers Are Meant to be “Generative”

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“Fathers” are meant to exercise leadership by pointing out to others something valuable that is in them so that this valuable trait can be developed, such as a special talent or aptitude or skill. Such generosity and encouragement are marks of the servant-leadership modeled by Christ. When Christ called his apostles, he saw in these “uneducated, common men” (Acts 4:13), ranging from fishermen to tax collectors, something valuable that others had missed and that probably the apostles-to-be had also missed about themselves.  (Catholic Analysis)

Fatherhood has been in crisis for a long time.  But right now there seems to be a movement that wants to help the male rediscover his role and identitiy as a reflection of God’s Fatherhood in the human family.  The above quote is from the author of Catholic Analysis who has just attended a “Men’s Conference” hosted by the Archdiocese of Detroit.  In the Philippines, there is also a need for the male to rediscover who he is.  The idea however would sound funny to a lot of people here especially among those who think that they have not reliquished their male role and identity.  Yet the same people wouldn’t know how to enunciate that role and identity to a society that waits for the male leader.  Our previous male leader has been the epitome of the macho.  And where did it get us and himself?

Update: February 6, 2005

“Fathers are meant to exercise leadership by pointing out to others something valuable that is in them so that this valuable trait can be developed, such as a special talent or aptitude or skill.”

What is specifically referred to in this quote is what I have been calling “Discernment of Gifts.”  In this form of discernment, one helps the other discover the particular gifts that he/she can use and develop for the good of the family.  Native Filipino Augustinian friars should learn how to do this.  Otherwise, one of the elements of the community life they aspire to live is going to be neglected, that is, helping the brother grow in the exercise of gifts.

Originally posted 2005-02-06 21:29:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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