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June 15, 2022
Note from the Managing Editor
Father's Day is this coming Sunday, June 19th and we have curated a selection of articles in honor of good men and manliness. (I intended to share a couple quotes with my husband and ended up reading the entire pieces aloud!)

First is Anthony Esolen's "No Fathers, No Hope." "Fathers are the 'great adventurers of the modern world' [they] bring into the world an immortal soul — another human life, another being that is more beautiful and more complex than all the physical universe besides."

In "On the Masculine Genius," Greg Bottaro meticulously explains the biological differences between man and woman and how that leads to a masculine and feminine genius. Here's one fascinating fact:
"During the last stage of pregnancy, male testosterone levels decrease over 20% and prolactin levels increase 33%. Researchers believe that pheromones released by the mother help to initiate these shifts in the father's brain. Prolactin helps fathers respond more sensitively to their newborn babies. Their hearing sensitivity increases as does their empathic response."
In "What a Woman Can Do, and a Man Should See," another of John Cuddeback's wonderful pieces investigating what it is to be a man, he encourages husbands to be present when their wives give birth. "You can be for her, uniquely, what she and your child so call for you to be. Present, loving, strong. There might not be anything else for you to do. But is that not already very much?"

Finally, I highly recommend Francis Maier's recent commencement address at Thomas More College, a message of encouragement and hope. "We moderns tend to think that the era of the saints is over. But we're wrong. It's always the era of the saints."

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