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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 should pursue, and she has given us clear definitions of each. The first four virtues are called the cardinal virtues...

Gentleman Saint: Blessed John Henry Newman

"We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe." Blessed John Henry Newman was one of the most important Catholic converts in the last 200 years. His contributions to the Church are hard to estimate, and his life is a shining witness to the courage in following the truth. During his homily during the...

John Wayne: Cowboy, Legend, Convert to Catholicism

John Wayne was a true man's man. But did you know he was a convert to the Catholic faith? Apparently protestant Christianity wasn't manly enough for the Duke. Even better, his grandson is now a Catholic priest. When asked why he converted, he reportedly drawled, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." Or something like that. John Wayne,...

Fighting for Purity

"There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and nullify the savage work of those who think man is a beast. And that crusade is your work."- St. Josemaria Escriva The number one, soul-destroying problem men face is attacks on sexual purity. Immodesty is ubiquitous, pornography is easily accessible, and every form of media, including advertising,...

5 Ways to Sanctify Your Day

We all live busy lives, rushing to work, running errands, and navigating rush hour traffic. With all the busyness, it's hard to live a prayerful life and be mindful of God's presence, even if we want to. But ultimately, quietness comes from within,  and incorporating holy habits into our lives can help us keep recollected in the midst of all...

Dress Up for Mass!

Society is growing more and more casual. I have seen people shopping for groceries in their pajama pants and fuzzy slippers. I've been to world-class classical concerts where people are dressed in Hawaiian shirts and jeans.  In fact, it's hard to think of anything people will dress up for anymore. Even weddings and funerals are getting more and more casual. This...

Putting the Gentle in Gentleman

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." - St. Francis de Sales If we're honest, most of us would have to admit that gentleness isn't high on the list of manly qualities we hope to possess. We want to be tough, we want to be strong, we want to be resilient---we want to be anything but...

5 Spiritual Books Every Man Should Read

"To him who wishes to walk in the path of virtue, nothing is more necessary than the reading of spiritual books." - St. Athanasius While some of us like books more than others, we should all spend some time reading spiritual writing, even if it is only 10 minutes a day. If we had the chance, we would all love to talk...

Understanding The World Youth Day Indulgence

The media has been having a field day reporting on the Pope's issuance of a plenary indulgence to World Youth Day pilgrims---even if your pilgrimage consists of following the events of World Youth Day online. While it is amusing to watch the media try to figure out indulgences, I have to wonder how many Catholics understand them. Sadly, I would guess...

Gentlemen Don’t Text and Eat

Technology is apart of our lives like never before. We now carry in our pockets the ability to watch breaking news from around the world, see Aunt Erma's cat in Alabama, or share pictures of our culinary adventures on Instagram. While this technology is incredible, it can be a mixed blessing. The Good The printing press is kid stuff in...

Gentleman Saint: St. Francis de Sales

Saints are anything but boring. Some levitated, bilocated, and saw visions of heaven and hell. Others served the poor, reformed the Church, converted foreign countries, or otherwise lived heroic lives without performing a single miracle. And some were gentleman saints, exemplifying the virtues of manliness in a unique way. St. Francis de Sales is the gentleman saint extraordinaire. He lived...

The Virtuous Man

Virtue isn't often associated with manliness these days. In fact, the exact opposite is true---many believe you aren't a real man unless you are a "bad boy" or a rebel. But this wasn't always the case. In fact, the virtue comes from the Latin word vir, meaning man. Virtue literally means manliness. In ancient times, philosophers like Aristotle encouraged men to cultivate virtue...