As I approach the mid century mark and unless I join the priesthood, I am not likely to be called "Father." Given the actions that I have witnessed by some South Florida priests, then I'll have to live without that honorable title.
The word "Father" may be one of the most important words in the English vocabulary, yet the term has been diminished by Pop Culture since the 1970s. Boys have created children, but they are truly not "Fathers."
Being a "Father" means being a guide and a coach to a child, to prepare them for the future. Fathers do not necessarily have to be nice to their children all the time, but Fathers must let their children know that their Dad is on their side.
I've been blessed in life by having a great Mom & Dad. I've watched them endure the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune, yet persevere to enjoy some precious moments. What more guidance can a man approaching 50 years ask for?