Note: This post is written by APC’s wonderful member, Kim S.
Father’s Day – it’s usually less “splashy” than Mother’s Day, and often joked about. Let’s skip the jokes and focus on the knowing of fathers and the fathers before them.
What is/was your father like? Your grandfather? Do/did you know them well? Do you remember how they made you feel? Hopefully, those men in your life hit the mark expressed in 1 Timothy 3:2-5: “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)”
My own dad, born in 1926, was influenced by WWII and big bands. The silent type, he was a professional musician, computer programmer/analyst, and gentleman farmer in his lifetime. He was often intimidating because of his intelligence (mathematical ideas), “Do you know… quizzes,” and physical presence. He was 6 feet 4 inches tall and bearded, sporting dark hair and fair skin from his Irish ancestry. His face was defined by a slight widow’s peak, just like his dad’s and like mine today. Yet, beyond the intimidating impressions, I learned important lessons and also embraced our heritage. (My grandpa had much to do with that too!) I was blessed to be a Logue.
My Grandpa Logue, also gentle and quiet, was important and memorable in more personal ways. Born in 1900, he grew up in the northcentral Pennsylvania mountains where many Irish immigrants settled and farmed. He eventually worked for Bethlehem Steel and then a rubber factory. Grandpa liked ice cream, roller coasters, little dogs, yardwork, and friendly debates, and he loved his two grandchildren. With him, a staunch Catholic, I knew without doubt that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. He taught me The Lord’s Prayer. My dad was more skeptical about religion with a capital R. However, he saw value in ritual and, to my surprise, chose to watch High Mass on TV weeks before he died.
So, never underestimate the influence of fathers and grandfathers! If you’re a Dad, Pops, Pa-Pa or Grampy, you are “coaching” young people (and adults) through your words, actions, and even your lack of action every day. Do your best to lead with love; it pays long-term dividends. And that’s no joke.
Happy Father’s Day to all men out there doing their best every day!
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