From the Fall 2010 issue:
Massimo Camisasca, FSCB (more): The Father, a Source of Communion: Fatherhood as the Generation of Life, Fatherhood, and Love (pdf).
From the text:
Today we are aware that the lack of a father figure makes the child insecure and lacking in vigor. Because the child was not spurred on toward life, it has a greater difficulty in expressing itself creatively. A young person without a father does not know how to take on responsibility in the face of everyday choices and regards reality as hostile, as a stage filled with challenges that cost too much psychic, spiritual, and affective energy. Without a father, life is populated by enemies. . . . A father must never give up proposing his own reasons for living and his own values, but he must always offer these in a positive manner, as a path toward happiness that he and his child must verify together. He makes himself present to his children, showing them the reasons that move him and the pathways that lead him to his decisions; in doing so, he involves them in his life. The more they are involved and dependent, the more the paradox is realized: they rise up whole, fully aware, capable of willing, of courage, of initiative, and of accompanying others. In other words, free. (full text)