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Food as a Defender of Culture

Of the myriad heavenly and earthly themes that season the epic poem The Odyssey, one of the most central is the meal. Homer uses eating, drinking, and the customs surrounding meals as a touchstone of character that reflects a person’s inmost nature. Thus is illustrated the true selves of the swinish suitors as they devour another man’s abundance; or the noble Menelaus as...

Overcoming Sinful Anger

If you read anything by St. Francis de Sales, you come away with the impression that he was patience incarnate. He talks endlessly about the wonderful benefits of meekness, gentleness, and kindness---especially to those who deserve it least. Yet, many don't realize that this great saint struggled for most of his life with a fiery temper and an intense impatience. By...

Jesus is the Gift for You this Advent

If you’re like me, Advent is a difficult season to celebrate, and is often overlooked. Before the first candle on the Advent wreath is even lit, our schedules fill up with gifts to buy, errands to run, and parties to attend. Through the hustle and bustle, we can forget the true purpose of Advent, to prepare for the coming of...

Be Not Afraid: A Book of Quotes for Catholic Men

We live in an age of soundbites and bullet points, in which fragmented attention is a fact of life. It is often difficult to find time to finish a lengthy article or essay, much less a book. That's one reason why I love quotes. A good quote can inspire, rebuke, motivate, or encourage you in only a sentence or two....

Catholic Manly Reads – He Leadeth Me

When we think of the great Jesuit missionaries, we think of men such as St. Francis Xavier, St. Isaac Jogues and St. Paul Miki, who gave their lives toiling in foreign lands to preach the Gospel. Yet their stories seem to be from the distant past; where are the great missionaries today? He Leadeth Me, is the story of Fr....

Manly Catholic Reads: Joseph’s Way

“Often a father believes that being married and having children hinders him, if it does not altogether disqualify him, from achieving great sanctity.” To dispel this incorrect notion, Devin Schadt, in his book, Joseph’s Way, the Call to Fatherly Greatness, lays out practical ways for fathers to become saints within the day-to-day life of the family. This eighty-day devotional walks...

Should you pray with an iPhone?

Increasingly, society is depending on electronic devices to consume information. Real newspapers are falling prey to online news, which is instant and includes live streaming of breaking events. Hard copy books are being replaced by e-books. Even textbooks and children's books are going digital. In many ways, this is great. I love my Kindle. The ability to download the collected...

5 Spiritual Books Every Man Should Read

"To him who wishes to walk in the path of virtue, nothing is more necessary than the reading of spiritual books." - St. Athanasius While some of us like books more than others, we should all spend some time reading spiritual writing, even if it is only 10 minutes a day. If we had the chance, we would all love to talk...