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The Essential Role of the Father

Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view of the family situation in the modern world. Nonetheless, followers of Jesus...

Get Married Young Man, Part 3: 5 Ways to Prepare Yourself

Marriage is wonderful, but it brings with it a lot of responsibilities and duties. Scripture and the teaching of the Church are quite clear--- the husband is the head of the home, and he bears the primary responsibility before God for its happiness and holiness. In imitation of Jesus, the husband is the prophet, priest, and king of the domestic...

The Catholic Gentleman’s Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means Christmas shopping for the men in your life. But what to get them? Sweaters or Santa ties are tired and cliche. Don't bother. Checkout the Catholic Gentleman's Christmas Gift Guide instead---these 15 gifts are sure to please any Catholic man. Church Militant Combat Rosary - $35 These are the manliest rosaries ever...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...