The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

This post is part of a series on the four Cardinal Virtues. For the other posts in the series, click here At some point or another, we all encounter things in life that cause us to be afraid.  Whether it’s sudden...

Gentleman Saint: St. Louis IX, King of France

One of the most fascinating things about the saints is how different they are. Some were wealthy nobleman, others were poor peasants, others were doctors, lawyers, or soldiers. There is a saint from almost every state in life. The one thing...

Spiritual Weapons: 3 Hail Marys for Purity

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications…” St. Paul
Every day, we face various temptations...

Go to Confession!

“If there is a heavenly idea in the Catholic Church, surely, next after the Blessed Sacrament, Confession is such.”  -Blessed John Henry Newman
Confession is one of my favorite sacraments, and I try to go as often as I can. But this wasn’t...

The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

Today, we continue our series on the Cardinal Virtues. For the first post on prudence, see here. As the virtues go, justice isn’t the most popular—we would much rather hear about mercy...

The First Battle of the Day

First thing in the morning, we are faced with a battle. Our alarm goes off, and we have a choice—we can either hit snooze or get out of bed immediately. I have a confession to make: For most of my life, I...

St. Maximilian Kolbe on Serious Sin

Have you ever struggled with a grave sin? I mean something really serious. You want with all your heart to break this sin’s power in your life, but no matter how hard you struggle and pray, you just keep falling into it. You...

Pipe Smoking 101

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a good pipe—the sweet scent, the smoke rising in gentle clouds, the feel of finely crafted briar in your hand. Then add a good conversation with another man, or even just gazing into space while sitting on...

Should you pray with an iPhone?

Increasingly, society is depending on electronic devices to consume information. Real newspapers are falling prey to online news, which is instant and includes live streaming of breaking events. Hard copy books are being replaced by e-books. Even textbooks and children’s books are...

A Conversation with Dr. Taylor Marshall – Part 2

Today, we continue our conversation with author, professor, and Catholic gentleman extraordinaire, Dr. Taylor Marshall! If you missed Part 1, be sure to read it—he shares some compelling insights into manhood in the modern world (Did you know that if...

The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence

Previously, I’ve written about the importance of being a virtuous man, but it’s difficult to pursue virtue if we don’t first know what virtue is. Fortunately, Mother Church, building on the great thinkers of the ancient world, has outlined exactly which seven virtues we...