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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...

Our Only Hope: 25 Quotes about the Cross

Today is Good Friday, the day in which we remember the saving passion and death of our Lord Jesus. On the cross, Christ mightily won our salvation, conquering death and destroying the power of sin forever. All our hope of eternal life is founded upon the cross, and this is why we pray, "Ave Crus, Spes Unica! Hail, O Cross,...

The Funeral March for Life

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.” Those who choose repose receive release from the mandates of truth—but it is only temporary. Truth cannot be rejected forever. Those who choose truth, on the other hand, have no rest—and so they march. They march ever onward. The March for Life is a march...

In Everything Give Thanks

Recently, my wife and I watched the excellent movie, The Song of Bernadette, the story of St. Bernadette Soubirous, the seer of Lourdes. One scene in particular was especially moving: After the village school children completed their lessons well, a priest rewards them for their good behavior by giving them holy cards. Now, a holy card doesn't sound particularly exciting to us, and most of us probably...

Sword and Serpent: An Interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall

If there's a modern renaissance man, it's Dr. Taylor Marshall. He's the founder of the wildly successful New Saint Thomas Institute, the founder of the Catholic organization the Troops of St. George, a professor, a best-selling author, a popular blogger, an in-demand speaker, a gentleman extraordinaire, and a P.h. D in Philosophy, among other things. Oh yeah, he's also the proud father of...