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A Call to Catholic Men: Join in Prayer and Sacrifice for the Church

Anyone who has been halfway paying attention will know that the Church is facing a serious crisis---one fueled by sexual scandals, financial corruption, and increasing doctrinal confusion. It's a crisis of more than just policy too. The utter failure of many in the hierarchy to faithfully teach and proclaim the most basic tenets of the faith, coupled with grave moral...

Press On: The Virtuous Power of Endurance

"Endurance is the essence of courage. Endurance is not passivity, for it requires a strong, proactive spirit. In endurance, man's inmost and deepest strength reveals itself. It can be harder and entail greater courage for a soldier to be pinned down in a cold, damp foxhole than to charge into a hale of bullets, all flags flying." -Alexandre Havard Endurance enables...

The Weapon of Thanksgiving: Living Eucharistically in Everyday Life

Chesterton once said that "Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him...praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul." Truer words were never spoken. We are creatures made for thanksgiving. Praise is not one of a thousand potential modes of life---it is our fundamental vocation as human beings. In this talk,...

An October Farm Retreat With Your Son

We started farming for the sake of my family, especially my sons.  When we had our second son my wife asked, “Where do you see us in 5 years?” North Carolina in the Fall “On a farm,” I answered, “back home.”   “Home” was North Carolina (we were living in Denver, CO), but the “farm” part we had not figured...

There’s Good In This World. And It’s Worth Fighting For.

The reality of evil can be simply overwhelming. When it dawns upon us the extent to which evil has seemingly prevailed in the world and, yes, even in the Church, it can be tremendously disheartening. Nevertheless, I would argue that, despite appearances, there is more good in the Church and in the world than evil. Evil simply gets more attention. ...

Hold Fast

A crisis of historic proportions is facing the Catholic Church. The moral rot and corruption that has infected the Church to the highest echelons is being exposed like a festering wound for all to see. And it is an ugly sight.  But the truth is, the crisis has existed for some time now, though many were either were ignorant of...

Wickedness in High Places

The world is sick with sin. And not just the world, but the Church. The latest revelations about the depth and degree of the rot and moral corruption within the priesthood and the hierarchy, reaching all the way to the highest echelons of power, are nothing less than nauseating. The frightening truth is, we likely don't know the half of...

A Plunge Into the Depths: The Mad Humility of Christmas

The octave of Christmas isn't over, so I am sharing this brief meditation on the humility of Christ our Lord. The glory of Christmas, the very splendor of this holy feast, lies in the very fact that it is a great festival of humility. It is the plunging of divinity into the depths. The emptying of the ineffable God---beyond all speech,...

Announcing the NEW Catholic Gentleman Rosary!

I've been selling Catholic Gentleman rosaries for some time now, but I received reports from some of you that rosaries were breaking or growing discolored quickly. In my quest to bring you the toughest, most beautiful rosary available, I knew there was room for improvement. That's why I'm excited to announce a new partnership with Cordbands, makers of some of the...

Two Weeks at Clear Creek

This post is a follow up on our move to be near Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. We are finally here. After an exhausting, multi-stage move that lasted over a week, we arrived at our new home here in Hulbert, Oklahoma two weeks ago today. It's been a joyful couple of weeks, filled with the happiness, excitement, and busyness that comes...

St. Francis de Sales: A Profile in Courage

St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church, was one of the greatest evangelists and most powerful confessors during the Counter-Reformation. His writings on Catholic spirituality still inspire the faithful today and his words still resonate across the centuries. Yet there was a time when Francis was entirely incapacitated by doubt and fear. When Francis de Sales was a young...

The Book That Made Me Catholic

If I were to tell you that I had a talking donkey, you would probably chuckle and pour another drink. If I were to insist that I was entirely serious, you would probably back away slowly and, with no masked alarm, look for the nearest exit. Nothing ruins a good party like a story about a miracle. “It was a...