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How to Treat a Lady: Reclaiming Manners Between Men and Women

…the greatest man would justly be reckoned a brute if he were not civil to the meanest woman.” Martine’s Handbook (1866) The crisis today in the relationships of men and women is multi-faceted. The general lack of manners in their interaction is both an indication and a cause of the crisis. Women are to be reverenced, always and just because they are...

Ite! Go Forth With Friends

This post is part of a series. One of the times Jesus says “Go!” is pretty scary.  In the Gospel of Luke He sends His disciples on a preaching mission saying, “Go your way; behold I send you out as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3).  I live on a little farm and I can tell you that when a canine...

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...

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...

A Call to Defend Eve

Imagine Adam and Eve, in perfect joy walking in the Garden of Eden; the very Paradise created especially for their enjoyment.  Everything they needed was there; everything, including freedom.  The freedom to choose right or wrong; the freedom to disobey their Father.  Any parent understands this bittersweet gift. Along slithers the slimy serpent, who takes advantage of Eve.  He tempts...

Get Married Young Man, Part 3: 5 Ways to Prepare Yourself

Marriage is wonderful, but it brings with it a lot of responsibilities and duties. Scripture and the teaching of the Church are quite clear--- the husband is the head of the home, and he bears the primary responsibility before God for its happiness and holiness. In imitation of Jesus, the husband is the prophet, priest, and king of the domestic...

Get Married, Young Man, Part 2: What is Marriage?

This post is part of a series on dating and marriage. In the previous post, I wrote about the importance of dating intentionally--- that is, dating with the clear goal of marriage. But before we go any further, I believe it is important to define what a true, sacramental marriage actually is, especially in light of the rampant confusion about its...

Get Married, Young Man, Part 1: Dating to Marry

This post is part of a series on dating and marriage. For years now, I've had an interested in World War II. I especially love reading first hand accounts of battle from the heroic and courageous men who fought in this war, such as those contained in books by Marcus Brotherton and Stephen Ambrose. But stories of valor aside, I'm always entertained by...

Get Married Young Man

This month, my wife and I celebrate our third anniversary. Laura is the best thing that has happened to me, and I count myself incredibly blessed to share my life with a woman who is beautiful, incredibly funny, virtuous and holy, industrious, strong, unfailingly cheerful, and a wonderful mother to our children. Before I met Laura, though, I confess I didn't always have...