12. The Heart of the Merciful Father

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. Stephen Joseph Mattern MA Instructor Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Assistant

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch12

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Mattern, S. J. (2010) The Heart of the Merciful Father, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330311

Online ISBN: 9781444324464



  • heart of the merciful father;
  • fathers, exacting and compulsive - in disciplining children;
  • fathers, unknowingly - repeating what they observed in their own family;
  • children, and their wanting - to be loved by their fathers;
  • fatherhood, about transferring an orientation from self to children;
  • fathers, carrying a wound of loss and grief - when it comes to their father;
  • fatherhood, an intentional, sustained relationship of nurturance, protection, support and compassion;
  • fatherly mercy as attitude;
  • habitually merciful fathers - seeking to respond, connecting deeply with their child;
  • mercy strengthening relationships


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is a Father?

  • Fatherly Mercy as Attitude

  • Mercy Enables Connection with Children

  • Mercy Strengthens Relationships

  • What Does Fatherly Mercy Look Like?

  • Notes