Manly Movie Moment: Becket Excommunicates Lord Gilbert

St. Thomas Becket was a man in search of honor. Throughout his early life, he was consumed by ambition and was a consummate politician. He was best friends with king Henry II of England, and his political skill strengthened the king’s...

The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance

When I think about it, it still boggles my mind that the United States of America once passed a constitutional amendment outlawing alcohol. The movement that made this happen was composed of a bunch of fusty tee-totaling ladies that believed alcohol to...

Gentleman Saint: St. Edmund Campion

During the reformation in England, the Church was fiercely persecuted, and many faithful Catholics gave their lives for the faith. Some were mothers, others were priests, others statesmen. But they were all so convinced that the Catholic faith was true that...

Spiritual Weapons: The Red Scapular

“He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus.” – St. Bonaventure
Chances are you’ve heard of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, but have...

International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!

Did you know that this coming Monday, September 9, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day? On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a...

Masculinity and the Liturgy

Today, I want to broach a controversial topic, knowing full well that I may cause a ruckus. I want to talk about masculinity and the liturgy. (Fair warning: This is going to be long.) I will start with a few caveats....

The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

This post is part of a series on the four Cardinal Virtues. For the other posts in the series, click here At some point or another, we all encounter things in life that cause us to be afraid.  Whether it’s sudden...

Gentleman Saint: St. Louis IX, King of France

One of the most fascinating things about the saints is how different they are. Some were wealthy nobleman, others were poor peasants, others were doctors, lawyers, or soldiers. There is a saint from almost every state in life. The one thing...

Spiritual Weapons: 3 Hail Marys for Purity

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications…” St. Paul
Every day, we face various temptations...

Go to Confession!

“If there is a heavenly idea in the Catholic Church, surely, next after the Blessed Sacrament, Confession is such.”  -Blessed John Henry Newman
Confession is one of my favorite sacraments, and I try to go as often as I can. But this wasn’t...

The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

Today, we continue our series on the Cardinal Virtues. For the first post on prudence, see here. As the virtues go, justice isn’t the most popular—we would much rather hear about mercy...

The First Battle of the Day

First thing in the morning, we are faced with a battle. Our alarm goes off, and we have a choice—we can either hit snooze or get out of bed immediately. I have a confession to make: For most of my life, I...