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Father’s Day and the Privilege of Faithfulness

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Over the past seven days, in anticipation of Father’s Day, at least one post has been published on the topic of “Men and Abortion” on a daily basis. The present contribution is the classic Phil McCombs’ column, “Remembering Thomas”.

In addition, in anticipation of Father’s Day, at the other end of the spectrum, it is possible that you may have already heard about or even watched the Dove commercial celebrating fathers. The video can be accessed via the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jpb2_YdxYM. It lasts for a duration of one minute and 12 seconds.

Approximately halfway through the video, the phrase “For the times they answered out call” is displayed on the screen. The snippets of rock-solid fathers enjoying the opportunity to be there for their children represent the diametric opposite of the instances in which men fail to respond to the call of a spouse or girlfriend who is facing an unplanned pregnancy and feeling utterly alone.

Every father can recall the moments when they caught their son or daughter as they leapt into the pool, soothed a crying infant, assisted (usually an impatient son) in putting on his shirt, or answered the muffled “Daddy?” from their daughter who had awakened due to a bad dream.

The commercial then seamlessly transitions to the stage of adolescence, where the father kisses his son on the head (for perhaps the last time he will allow), or drives out on a rainy night to answer a call from an adolescent whose car won’t start, or consoles a daughter whose heart has been broken.

Before long, you find yourself dancing with your daughter at her wedding and observing an ultrasound of your daughter’s or daughter-in-law’s baby. It is as if the 20 or 25 years of fatherhood have passed in the blink of an eye.

The effectiveness of the Dove advertisement is enhanced by the fact that the examples of “answered” calls do not deviate from the norm. One such instance occurred at 4 a.m. this morning, in my dual capacity as a father and grandfather. It was a simple matter, and I was pleased to be able to assist.

The conclusion of the Dove advertisement is as follows: “Isn’t it time we celebrate dads?” It could be argued that this misses the larger and more significant point.

As a father and grandfather, the advertisement effectively celebrates the privilege of fidelity, encompassing the seemingly mundane aspects of life as well as the more significant moments.

It is undeniable that flattery is a powerful motivator. However, it is important to recognize that fathers do not require external validation for actions that are inherently virtuous.

Rather, we should express gratitude for the opportunity to be the parents of these children. It is imperative to express our profound gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the typically more significant role of their mothers in raising our children to become virtuous men and women.

Should we have failed our children’s mothers in any way, including by consenting to or actively encouraging them to abort, we can only ask for forgiveness for having not answered the call.

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Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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