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Two Acres and a Cow: Our Back to the Land Adventure

My wife and I have had a dream for several years. We've dreamt of a little house in the country with a few acres, a big garden, and some chickens---a life close to the land and in touch with the rhythms of the earth. We've envisioned a place where we could learn to work with our hands and know where our food...

The Art of Being a Good Listener

I used to know a woman who talked incessantly. She had an extreme case of logorrhea, and from her lips poured forth a torrent, no a tidal wave of words. Conversations with her were far from a two-way dialogue. Rather, they were a one-sided assault. Even making a simple comment in response to something she said was well nigh impossible. She could hold...

Liquid Bread: The Top 5 Bock Beers for Lent

So you gave up dessert for Lent? Good for you, you wimp! Once upon a time, German monks ate nothing for the entirety of the Lenten fast. No bread, no salad, no fruit---nothing. Beat that. How did they survive, you ask? By imbibing large quantities of heavy, calorie rich beer, of course! Around 700 years ago, German monks in the town of Einbeck developed a specific style...

Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”: Humanity Hanging by a Thread

There is a peculiar characteristic about the ice-bound regions of the world that renders them absolutely fantastic, absolutely fascinating, and absolutely forbidding. Hoary mountains, glacial vistas, snowy deserts, solid waters, fluid fires of aurora-borealis, and air that is too cold to breathe all give the distinct impression that men ought not to keep company with such august presences. Yet, there...

Thou Shalt Take it Easy: 7 Reasons to Embrace Sunday Rest

Recently, my wife and I were at a Catholic thrift store we frequent, and posted prominently by the entrance was a large sign announcing that beginning in January, the store would now be open on Sundays. The sign explained that Sunday used to be a special day for family, for worship, and for rest---but it simply isn't that anymore. Instead,...

Health and Holiness

"The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind." - G.K. Chesterton It is no secret that this blog celebrates some unhealthy things, like beer and pipe smoking. And inevitably, whenever I write a post on the joys of bacon or post a meme...

The Official Catholic Bacon Blessing

Ah, bacon. This deliciously greasy and salty meat is celebrated and enjoyed by men everywhere. Indeed, the global veneration of bacon has become a mania. And what's not to love? It is the most versatile of meats and the perfect complement for any meal, whether it's topping a pizza, a side with eggs, or wrapped around an expensive filet mignon. Holy...

The Manliness of Leisure

Jesus reveals that true manhood loses itself for the beloved.  But what if we don’t see others as exactly loveable, let alone “beloved”?  If you are having trouble really loving, perhaps you’re having trouble seeing.  We look at humanity and the humans that make it up (even those close to us) and see sin, error, ugliness - but God saw...

The Thrill of the Chase: Prayers and a Patron for a Virtuous Hunt

Hunting is unquestionably a manly sport. Here in the U.S., deer season is in full swing, and over the next few months, thousands of heavily camouflaged hunters will take to the woods with rifles and bows in pursuit of a trophy buck. But what many Catholic hunters don't realize is that there is an ancient and venerable tradition of Catholic...

Cardinal Newman’s Description of a Gentleman

Blessed John Henry Newman was a consummate Catholic gentleman. Reviled by many of his closest friends for converting to Catholicism, he bore insults and attacks on his character with patience and charity. Here is his description of a gentleman taken from his work The Idea of a University, published in 1854. Keep in mind that Newman is here describing a secular gentleman of his...

5 Steps to Tasting Beer Like a Connoisseur

For the past few years, I've been on what I like to call a beer adventure, meaning I'm trying as many different beers as I can. As I try different styles and breweries, I'm always amazed that four ingredients---water, yeast, malt, and hops---can produce such a wide variety of flavors. Anyway, the more beer I've tasted, the more I've realized that there are degrees of...

Introducing Catholic Gentleman T-Shirts!

For months now, I've been getting requests for Catholic Gentleman t-shirts. And now they're finally here! These fun and sturdy cotton tees sport the bold tiara and pipes logo, and they'll let the world know that you're a Catholic gentleman extraordinaire. The tees currently come in white, grey, or tan, and they're currently available for pre-order. What are you waiting for? Order...