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Why God Chose St. Francis

St Francis once was living at the Convent of the Portiuncula, with Brother Masseo of Marignano, a man of great sanctity and great discernment, who held frequent converse with God; for which reason St Francis loved him much. One day, as St Francis was returning from the forest, where he had been in prayer, the said Brother Masseo, wishing to...

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 in the religion section called, "The Little Flowers of St. Francis." The title really doesn't do justice to the...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath

The following post is part of a guest series by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel. Jason is also a freelance writer and social media contributor atMonkrock. You can read more about him here. The following post is used with permission. Wrath is a sin that not thought of as easily as some of the other sins. In my own experience, my...

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, but he also bears the weight of the world's attention, as a frenzied media waits to pounce on his...

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 of hope, patience, and fortitude, quite frankly, the opposite was true---I handled it poorly. In the depths of frustration,...

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 guy weighed in at 7lbs, 4oz. and he was born at home. My wife is a hero. Thank...

The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust

The following post is part of a guest series by Jason Liske of Ascending Mount Carmel. Jason is also a freelance writer and social media contributor at Monkrock. You can read more about him here. The following post is used with permission. The seven deadly sins, as we now know them, can be thought of as seven of the most...

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 reign immensely. But when king Henry appointed St. Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury for his own political purposes, Becket became...

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 be one of the greatest evils known to man. Most unfortunately, they mislabeled themselves the "Temperance" movement, when...

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 they chose death rather than renounce it. I want to make it clear that these courageous men and women...

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 you heard of the red Scapular of the Passion? I didn't think so. While this scapular is lesser...

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 beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to the time of St. Hopswald of Aleyard, the first man to...