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Cardinal Newman’s Description of a Gentleman

Blessed John Henry Newman was a consummate Catholic gentleman. Reviled by many of his closest friends for converting to Catholicism, he bore insults and attacks on his character with patience and charity. Here is his description of a gentleman taken from his work The Idea of a University, published in 1854. Keep in mind that Newman is here describing a secular gentleman of his...

Get Your Beard On: A Call to Untrimmed Spirituality in a Clean-Shaven World

The following is a guest post from Tyler Blanski---a writer who possesses a beard of medieval proportions. Tyler is the author of When Donkeys Talk and Mud and Poetry. From bearded indie rockers to hipster barkeeps, facial hair is in. And with it come rumors of a holy renaissance. Men and women everywhere are rediscovering the hairy lore of church history, the...

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...

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...

A Sermon on the Eve of Battle

The year is 1147. Knights and soldiers from around Europe are gathered at the gates of the great city of Lisbon on the eve of a monumental battle with the Muslim occupants. They have erected a giant moveable engine to scale the gates (like the kind in Lord of the Rings). Their enemy is merciless, and they know full well they face the high...

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...

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...

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...