What we can learn from St. Francis

Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint I have grown to love in recent days. My devotion to this saint began when I was at a used book store and noticed a small green volume tucked away...

Pray for the Holy Father

Do you pray for the Holy Father every day? As the Vicar of Christ, he bears a tremendous responsibility. Not only does he have to shepherd over a billion Catholics, many of them fallen away from or ignorant of the faith,...

3 Steps to Overcoming Discouragement

For a couple of days recently, I was down in the dumps, worried over some things happening in my life and in the world. While I wish I could say I handled this bout of discouragement with poise and high doses...

A new addition!

Praised be Jesus Christ! My wife and I welcomed our second child—a beautiful, healthy baby boy—into the world this morning. His name is Maximilian Kolbe Guzman after one of our favorite saints. We are tired, but we couldn’t be happier! This little...

Manly Movie Moment: Becket Excommunicates Lord Gilbert

St. Thomas Becket was a man in search of honor. Throughout his early life, he was consumed by ambition and was a consummate politician. He was best friends with king Henry II of England, and his political skill strengthened the king’s...

The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance

When I think about it, it still boggles my mind that the United States of America once passed a constitutional amendment outlawing alcohol. The movement that made this happen was composed of a bunch of fusty tee-totaling ladies that believed alcohol to...

Gentleman Saint: St. Edmund Campion

During the reformation in England, the Church was fiercely persecuted, and many faithful Catholics gave their lives for the faith. Some were mothers, others were priests, others statesmen. But they were all so convinced that the Catholic faith was true that...

Spiritual Weapons: The Red Scapular

“He who desires to go on advancing from virtue to virtue, from grace to grace, should meditate continually on the Passion of Jesus.” – St. Bonaventure
Chances are you’ve heard of the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, but have...

International Buy a Priest a Beer Day!

Did you know that this coming Monday, September 9, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day? On this festive day, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a...

Masculinity and the Liturgy

Today, I want to broach a controversial topic, knowing full well that I may cause a ruckus. I want to talk about masculinity and the liturgy. (Fair warning: This is going to be long.) I will start with a few caveats....