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A Marked Man: Should Catholics Get Tattoos?

From small ankle tattoos to tattooed sleeves, I am seeing tattoos on men and women more and more frequently. In fact, an estimated 40 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and tattoo parlors are one of the fastest growing businesses in the U.S. With the increased popularity of tattoos comes the question of their morality. After all, a tattoo is...

Catholic in the Cubicle, Part 4: Setting up Your Work Space

The following post is part of a series on living the Catholic faith in the workplace. The layout of a space matters. Just look at the time companies spend designing their headquarters. From cube farms to wide open areas, offices are designed to create a particular culture at a company. You too can create a specific culture focused on Christ within your...

On the Cigar: A Theological Reflection

by John Goerke My mother, so it seems, has no one to blame but herself for planting the seeds that have grown into my love for cigars. My youth was not spent in their presence, not did she ever speak to me of their virtues. But she did, on more than one occasion, present to my eyes the monster that...

Rise and Shine: 5 Reasons to Get Up Early in the Morning

"Daybreak is a never-ending glory, getting out of bed is a never-ending nuisance." - G.K. Chesterton For the past year or so, I've been getting out of bed earlier than I ever have. Don't get me wrong, it can be hard, and I still hit the snooze button more often than I'd like, but I find that waking up really...

Blessed Beans: How the Pope Baptized Coffee

I love coffee, and there are few things I enjoy more than a rich cup of the blessed brew. But my affection for this drink goes beyond preference and borders on necessity---for when the alarm goes off and I pry myself out of bed each morning, coffee is the only thing that can restore my humanity and keep me from...

Should Catholics Cuss?

Recently, a horribly raunchy movie made national headlines because it contained over 500 uses of the f-word. Yeah, it was obscenely obscene, and obviously, that level of profanity is unusual. But the fact is, vulgarities are becoming commonplace in music, movies, literature, and everyday language. This growing trend raises the question--- is profanity a sin? Is it morally wrong to use words...

Get Your Beard On: A Call to Untrimmed Spirituality in a Clean-Shaven World

The following is a guest post from Tyler Blanski---a writer who possesses a beard of medieval proportions. Tyler is the author of When Donkeys Talk and Mud and Poetry. From bearded indie rockers to hipster barkeeps, facial hair is in. And with it come rumors of a holy renaissance. Men and women everywhere are rediscovering the hairy lore of church history, the...

5 Ways to Project Confidence

"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1 Three days after I graduated from college, I moved from Wisconsin to Colorado, where my wife, who was then my fiancé, lived with her family. We had determined that we would begin our married life in the beautiful Rocky mountains, and our wedding was...