Parenting is one of the most rewarding yet challenging undertakings known to mankind (and womankind). It is the most heart-warming and yet sometimes heart-breaking of professions as well. One day you are beaming with pride for your children’s accomplishments. The next day you want to somehow ease the pain as they recover from an ailment or work through life’s struggles. You want to protect them and at the same time let them grow wings and take flight.

It seems that every father (or parent) has a unique parenting style, their own basic foundation. In our household the main foundation is faith. That can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Inspiration from the Bible leads to the answer to almost any question in our household An interesting spin on this foundation is one I picked up on as I listened to a Catholic Radio station on my way to work. The voice on the radio was Dr. Greg Popcak of Catholic Counselors, at www.CatholicCounselors.com. He was talking about his book “The BE-DAD-ITUDES: 8 ways to be an awesome Dad”.

Focus on God

Dr. Popcak instructs us that the focus in the household should not be on any one individual, but the focus should be on God. Advice for father’s pulled from the Beatitudes: be humble as Jesus was humble. Practice meekness by connecting with your family by asking questions and actively listening to the responses. Practice mercy and be thankful for the graces that God has bestowed upon you in your life.

With five children, one of the beatitudes that has resonated in the Horan household was “Blessed are the peacemakers.” That lends itself to lessons in compromise. I find revisiting the Sermon on the Mount periodically as it relates to me and my family to be a helpful practice.

Fatherhood, parenting, is something I would not trade for anything in the world. My family is my world. It all comes down to Corinthians 13:13: Faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love!! The unconditional love of family is one of the greatest gifts bestowed on us by God. So, cherish that love and keep them close to your heart always!

Have a wonderful June, and for all of those Fathers out there have a blessed and safe Father’s Day!