Absentee fathers hinder children’s understanding of God – Pope Benedict XVI

Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving father,  Pope Benedict XVI said last week in his weekly general audience address.

“Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world, and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in everyday life,” the Pope said.  He underscored that the “the problem of a father not present in the life of the child is a big problem of our time” because it can become difficult for those children “to understand in its depth what it means to us that God is Father.”

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