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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...

Choose the Right Path: A Message From a Repentant Murderer

Yesterday, I had the privilege of venerating the first class relics of St. Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church. While the time with her relics was brief due to the crowds, it was still a powerful experience to see the body of this young girl who had more virtue at the age of 12 than most...

#FultonFridays: Sanctifying the Present Moment

Occasionally on Fridays I will be posting excerpts from the writings of the great American bishop and media evangelist, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. Call them #FultonFridays! [One] remedy for the ills that come to us from thinking about time is what might be called the sanctification of the moment—or the Now. Our Lord laid down the rule for us in...

Boredom, Sloth, and the Need for Fathers

The following is a chapter from a forthcoming book on fatherhood and mentoring by Jason Craig. “My father, in all his teaching,” said John Stuart Mill, “demanded of me not only the utmost that I could do, but much that I could by no possibility could have done.” Fatherhood fully realized communicates meaning, purpose, and the call to greatness. Without...

The Mountains Are Calling: A Week in the Wilderness with Wilderness Outreach

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." This quote from John Muir captured my thoughts as I prepared for a week-long expedition with Wilderness Outreach to the Domeland Wilderness of California. I was seeking to delve deeper into the soul of masculine spirituality through worship and work in the desert; the wilderness would not disappoint me. Our crew was composed of six...

Fraternitas: Countdown to Launch Day

For the past two weeks, I've been sharing details on the launch of my new men's society, Fraternitas (see here and here). To review, Fraternitas is a community for men offering you the opportunity to build you Catholic library with a high quality monthly book, meet other Catholic men through online discussion forums, the ability to form local chapters for fellowship,...

Jesus Christ, Conqueror of Satan

Satan – The Ancient Enemy Satan, the Evil One, and his demons, are fallen angels who freely chose to rebel against God’s reign (CCC 391-395). When Adam failed in his vocation to protect Eve and the Garden, Satan (Hebrew: adversary, one who plots against) treacherously enticed Eve to rebel against God (Gen 3:1-24; CCC 1707). Adam and Eve’s Original Sin...

Dressing like a Man for Mass

Many are beginning to recognize the severe Catholic “man-crisis” and the necessary imperative to aggressively “emangelize” Casual Catholic Men. While new ardor, methods and expressions are needed from the Pope to the parish priest, laymen need to step up to their personal responsibility and respond to Christ’s commandment to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). But the average Catholic man who is...