This year, I addressed a Big Picture question, my favorite kind: “I would be fascinated to hear what you think the future holds for mankind.”
Could it be that you can’t guess what will matter most to the people who will meet, greet and make the future? It’s fatherhood, of course.
The people who will matter tomorrow are the children who are being well-brought-up today, and well-brought-up means well-fathered. Underfathered children grow up late, if ever. Moreover, since males who regard themselves as men will not yield for long to feminine dominance, single mothers cannot engender well-brought-up sons (that is, the fathers of the future) without significant masculine intervention.
This is not mean or sexist, it is a simple recapitulation of painfully (murderously!) obvious biological facts: Mothers nurture but fathers cultivate, and uncultivated children very often grow up to be awful parents – repeating their own parents’ cycle of failure.
And thus to Sunday’s homily, “Mothers Day news: The future is fatherhood.”