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Forgiveness: The Condition of All Relationship

Mother Angelica, the spunky Italian nun, once quipped, “If it wasn’t for people, we could all be holy.” And it's simply true. Which of us has not thought at one time or another that the path to sainthood would be so much easier if it were not for so-and-so who is a real thorn in our side? Relationships can be...

Book Giveaway: An Immovable Feast

For the past several years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know author, poet, and musician, Tyler Blanski. Tyler was an Anglican seminarian when I met him, on the road to becoming an Anglican priest. There was only one difficulty: He had recently had a crisis of faith and was increasingly drawn to Rome. As we sipped pints of...

Catholic Men, Let’s Rise Up

Being a man today can be confusing. We are shamed for our "toxic masculinity" and told we should be less masculine if we want to get ahead in life. Fathers are mocked in TV and movies, and men in general are often portrayed as either low-functioning, ill-bred beasts, or as cruel and violent. Add to this the pressures on men...

Repentance and the Religion of Beginning Again

As human beings, we possess real freedom as creatures made in the image and likeness of God, and with this freedom comes true creative potential. That is, through an act of the will, we can bring into being new thoughts, words, and acts that have never existed before. In a real way, we can create an as yet nonexistent future...

The Strange Humility of Christmas

Of all the tremendous mysteries of our faith, there is none more stupefying in its reality than the Incarnation. That God would deign to assume human flesh is a staggering fact, and it is one that a thousand different heresies has sought to doubt or deny. And yet, it is a fast so critical to the creed that the whole...

The Catholic Gentleman Gift Guide 2017

Christmas is coming all too quickly, and many of your are looking for the ideal gift for the Catholic man in your life. But let's face it, men can be hard to buy for sometimes! Never fear. I’m here to help. Here’s 11 gift ideas that any man will love. The Catholic Gentleman Stoneware Mug The Catholic Gentleman stoneware coffee...

A Royal Priesthood: Salvation, Election and the Power of Mediation

The history of salvation is in many ways a history of mediation. In the Old Covenant, God raised up mediators in the form of priests and prophets---like Moses, Aaron, and Samuel---to intercede for the salvation of his people. These mediators were specifically chosen, often reluctantly, to carry out the divine mission. These men were types or pictures of the One...

Catholic Gentleman Stoneware Mugs are Now Available!

The best-selling Catholic Gentleman stoneware mugs are back and are now available for pre-order. This latest batch is arriving just in time for Christmas gift giving! But don't delay---these mugs sell out extremely quickly. If you've been waiting to get one, now's your chance! The Catholic Gentleman stoneware coffee mug is the perfect companion for your morning coffee ritual. This...

Fathers: The Best Catechesis is a Life Well Lived

Recently, my five year old announced that he wanted a different haircut. The minimalist, efficient buzz-cut given to him by his mother was no longer sufficient. He instead wanted a longer, more shapely cut so he could wear his hair like mine. Around the same time, my four year old announced that he was hopeful that he could grow a...

Falling Upward: Dealing With Failure in the Spiritual Life

Men do not like to fail. We find much of our identity in our ability to not be a failure. Yet, if we are honest, our spiritual lives are often characterized by the very thing we dread---failure. Our resolutions and our aspirations simply do not align with reality. Habitual sins plague us and enslave us, leading to shame, confessions that are numbingly...

Being Over Doing: Resisting the Cult of Speed

If there's one thing our culture values, it is speed. Fast food. Fast cars. Fast internet. The more quickly and efficiently anything can be done, the better. Yet there are few things more destructive to authentic human experience than speed. Hurriedness is not the father of wisdom. Doing things rapidly causes us to devalue them. Then again, perhaps we hurry...

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