Catholic Men, Let’s Rise Up
Repentance and the Religion of Beginning Again
Mastering Manhood Through Mary
The Strange Humility of Christmas
A Force for Good: Character Counts in the Workplace
The Catholic Gentleman Gift Guide 2017
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Announcing the NEW Catholic Gentleman Rosary!

I've been selling Catholic Gentleman rosaries for some time now, but I received reports from some of you that rosaries were breaking or growing discolored quickly. In my quest to bring you the toughest, most beautiful rosary available, I knew there was room for improvement. That's why I'm excited to announce a new partnership with Cordbands, makers of some of the...

Love Your (Political) Enemies

Fascist. Snowflake. Liberal weenie. Nazi. Racist, xenophobic, bigot. Idiot. Moron. Ignorant fool. These are just a few of the tamer insults hurled violently at others online and in person during the past two years of the election process. And since the election itself, things have only gotten exponentially worse. It's no exaggeration to say that the nation is as divided...

Patience and Perfection

As many of you know, we recently moved. Moving is hard work, and unpacking is only the beginning. After all of your belongings are unpacked, you must begin the arduous process of making the home your own. Finding a place for everything, painting, hanging pictures, arranging furniture, fixing and perhaps even building. It can take a very long time. The problem...

Merciful Justice: Finding Hope in God’s Most Feared Attribute

Of all the attributes of God, the one we find the most distasteful and even terrifying is his justice. The idea that God is a consuming fire and a fearsome judge is more than a bit unsettling. We are sinners, and thus prefer the thought of God's infinite mercy. But I would propose that God's justice is one of the...

Two Weeks at Clear Creek

This post is a follow up on our move to be near Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. We are finally here. After an exhausting, multi-stage move that lasted over a week, we arrived at our new home here in Hulbert, Oklahoma two weeks ago today. It's been a joyful couple of weeks, filled with the happiness, excitement, and busyness that comes...

Praying the Rosary

The post is part of the ongoing #FultonFridays series. From the earliest days, the Church asked its faithful to recite the one hundred and fifty Psalms of David. This custom still prevails among priests, who recite some of these Psalms every day. But it was not easy for anyone to memorize the one hundred and fifty Psalms. Then, too, before...

The Hero Always Comes Home

We should be reluctant to divide things that are not divided.  Or, if we are to divide things, we do so in a way that allows for them to be reunited so as to be more fruitful.  God, for example, “divides” Eve from the side of Adam, but then brings them together into beautiful fruitfulness.  This is the pattern of...

Two Acres and a Cow: Our Back to the Land Adventure

My wife and I have had a dream for several years. We've dreamt of a little house in the country with a few acres, a big garden, and some chickens---a life close to the land and in touch with the rhythms of the earth. We've envisioned a place where we could learn to work with our hands and know where our food...

Knowing and Doing

There are different kinds of knowledge. There is the abstract knowledge of facts and ideas, and then there's the knowledge that comes from experience. While both forms of knowledge are legitimate, there is little doubt that the knowledge from lived experience is deeper and more profound. Take for example the learning of a martial art. One can study the different...

Grab your Pint Glasses, Buy a Priest a Beer Day is Coming!

Grab your pint glasses and phone your Fathers! Next Friday, 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...

Ite! The Necessity of Discipline

This post is part of a series. I hated discipline in high school.  I did not like to do homework.  I did not like to get up early.  It seemed like the only reason to be disciplined was to get good grades, then get into a good college, then get a good job, then get a lot of money, then...

The Sanctuary

Turmoil surrounds us. Chaos is ever present. Terrorist attacks, violence in our cities, political anarchy, threats of wars, and so much more. And that is not to mention the inner turmoil we experience---the many stresses of our daily lives, relationships which are frequently broken, and emotional wounds. No wonder many are plagued by anxiety. It easy to feel at times...