They did have a hand in the bargain."
This Father's Day, as on others before it, Sheen will have a Mass said at his Catholic parish for his sons who are dads, Charlie and Emilio, and for Sheen's late father.
Without benefit of pulpit, but with the bent of a philosopher-poet, here's Sheen's take on the art of fathering:
- "Obviously, be aware that your actions will speak louder and last longer than your words. A child absorbs through osmosis what the parents are feeling and what they do, far more than what they say."
- "If you have an honest relationship with a child, that is the greatest gift. Lead an honest life and be free."
- "Give them time. Time is really all we have."
- With adult children, "you have to be there for them. You have to support them and make sure they know that they are still loved and cherished and you're still in their lives and you're there for them."
- Remember the Irish phrase, "We never get over our fathers, and we're not required to." Adds Sheen: "For good or will, we're stuck with these guys."
- "The most important thing is that regret is useless and faith is necessary and love is everything."