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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. First, I do not believe the liturgy should ever be a controversial issue. It shouldn't be a matter of...

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 unemployment, making a life-altering choice, a sudden illness, or the prospect of physical pain, fear is a fact of life in...

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 they all have in common is holiness---an intense love for God that inspired great words and deeds. Today's gentleman...

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 to sin. These temptations take many forms. Some of us struggle with an explosive temper, others with selfishness, others...

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 always the case. I am a convert, and I still remember the awkwardness of my first confession. I...

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 or pardon, at least in regard to ourselves. And yet, justice is one of the most important virtues a man can possess. There is no such thing as...

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 have hit the snooze button and dozed off again. Sometimes I have even done this more than once. The irony is,...

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 are constantly feeling guilty, and the guilt keeps you from approaching Our Lord through fear. In confession, 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 your front porch, and you get a wonderful, time-honored, and manly hobby. Since starting this blog, I have gotten a number of...

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 going digital. In many ways, this is great. I love my Kindle. The ability to download the collected...

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 you don't shine your shoes, you're a scrub?). Dr. Taylor Marshall and his wife Joy have seven children and live...

A Conversation with Dr. Taylor Marshall – Part 1

UPDATE: Read Part 2 here! I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Taylor Marshall of the always fascinating blog, Canterbury Tales. Dr. Marshall is a true Catholic renaissance man and all-around gentleman. He is a college professor, PhD in Philosophy, hunter, fisherman, husband, father, author, speaker, homebrew aficionado, and, well, the list goes on. I think you'll enjoy the...