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INTERVIEW: A Bishop Speaks on Coronavirus and Church Closures

Many Catholics are deeply anxious about the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in. Some are frustrated and even angry about parish closures in a time when we long for access to the sacraments. And it is looking increasingly as if we may have an historic Easter without public celebration of the Triduum. In light of these developments, I wanted some...

Podcast Ep. 5: Fatherhood, the Eucharist, and the Bible with Dr. Scott Hahn

In this episode, I had the privilege of interviewing the best selling author, speaker, and professor, Dr. Scott Hahn. For decades, Dr. Hahn has been one of the foremost teachers of the Catholic faith to those both inside and outside the church. A convert to the Catholic faith, Dr. Hahn has shared his conversion story with hundreds of thousands around...

Peace, Be Still: Making the Most of the Storm We Face

Fear is a mental and spiritual virus. It spreads faster and more efficiently than any airborne disease. Its symptoms are at times anger, aggression, isolation, despair, irrationality, loss of faith, and clouded judgement, among other things. And if there is one emotion that dominates the world at this time, it is a deep and abiding fear. It is no wonder,...

Podcast Ep. 4: Consecration to St. Joseph with Fr. Donald Calloway

Our culture faces a crisis of fatherhood. The Church, too, has been wounded by scandals that have marred the name of father. In such times, how can we grow in holiness and become better men and better fathers? In this episode, I talk with Fr. Donald Calloway, creator and promoter of the new 33 day consecration to St. Joseph, patterned...

A Simple Lent: 5 Ways to Focus on What’s Important

Life is complex. As a husband and father, blogger, podcaster, full-time employee, and full-time graduate student, it often seems like the responsibilities I face continue to multiply endlessly, while the time allotted to accomplish them does not. No sooner do I make progress in one area of life, than another domain for which I am responsible seems to spin out...

Podcast Ep. 3: The Man of the Household with Dr. John Cuddeback

What does it mean to be a man? Even more fundamentally, what does it mean to be human? In this Episode, I discuss these questions and more with Dr. John Cuddeback, a professor of philosophy and author with deep insights into how live a more human life filled with the joy of community, real work, and a connection to the...

On the Necessity of Struggle

Yesterday, I began the spiritual exercise Exodus 90 with a cohort of local men. There's quite a few disciplines involved, such as extra prayers, intense physical exercise, fasting, and cold showers to name a few. It isn't easy---but in the big picture of human suffering, most of the sacrifices required are relatively small. Exodus 90 disciplines aren't going to kill...

The Catholic Gentleman Podcast Ep. 1 – Sacred Music with J.J. Wright

Today, the feast of the Epiphany, I am pleased to announce that the official launch of The Catholic Gentleman Podcast. Please forgive the audio glitches and other quirks as I learn the fine art of podcasting. I am learning as I go! In our first episode, I talk sacred music with composer J.J. Wright, whose recent album Vespers for the...

A Toast to J.R.R. Tolkien!

A very happy 128th birthday to the great myth-maker and devout Catholic (and one of my favorite writers), J.R.R. Tolkien! Tolkien's writings are richly textured and immersive. He was more than an author. He was a "sub-creator" of an incredibly complex world, replete with exotic and unforgettable creatures, invented languages, histories, and characters. His legends unfold an entire cosmos in...

On the Precious Gift of Humility

Why do I fail when I have so much good will? This is a question that plagues every man who genuinely cares about his spiritual life. Indeed, St. Paul himself, after lamenting the war between his flesh and spirit, cries out poignantly in Romans 7, Pitiable creature that I am, who is to set me free from a nature thus...

The 2019 Catholic Gentleman Christmas Gift List

It's that time of year again: time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the Catholic gentlemen in your life. Here are 10 gift ideas sure to delight any Catholic Man. 1. The Catholic Gentleman: Living Authentic Manhood Today What it means to be a man or a woman is questioned today like never before. While traditional gender roles have...

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