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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...

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,...