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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...

Repentance and the Fatherhood of God

One of the most common mistakes we make is thinking of sin as merely a legal matter. That is, that it sin is only about breaking a code of laws and rules and righteousness about conforming to them. But to think of sin and righteousness in strictly legal terms is to miss the point. Sin is not fundamentally legal; it is...

How Social Media is Killing Your Attention Span

Recently, I wrote about the nature of technology and how digital devices are designed to fragment our attention. It's a very real challenge to manage. I sat down with Matt Fradd yesterday to continue the conversation. We had an excellent discussion on the Integrity Restored podcast about the nature of technology and what we can do to reclaim our attention. Here's...

Attention and the Distraction Addiction

There are two ways to go through life: Mindfully or mindlessly. In the first instance, we pay attention. We see things and notice them in order to appreciate them. We hear things in order to understand them. We seek to know things not superficially but in their wholeness. We live in the present moment and experience the world with wonder,...

3 Reasons to Get Your Father a Catholic Gentleman Mug for Father’s Day

Men love coffee. Ever since the pope first blessed coffee for Catholic consumption, it has been part of the daily ritual of millions of men around the globe. It awakens, revivifies, and stimulates the intellect. It warms the body and fills the heart with gladness. It is a little bit like the elixir of life. Finding the right coffee to drink...

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