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Manly Catholic Reads: Joseph’s Way

“Often a father believes that being married and having children hinders him, if it does not altogether disqualify him, from achieving great sanctity.” To dispel this incorrect notion, Devin Schadt, in his book, Joseph’s Way, the Call to Fatherly Greatness, lays out practical ways for fathers to become saints within the day-to-day life of the family. This eighty-day devotional walks...

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...

The Three Munera of Fatherhood

There are few roles as mocked and derided as that of the father. Watch any TV show or movie made in the last 40 years or so, and you will see fathers portrayed variously as buffoons, domineering jerks, or at best, good-hearted but clueless simpletons. What you'll never see is a father portrayed as loving and wise, patient and strong. In...

Today: Prayer Rally for Purity

Of all the problems faced in today's culture, one of the most devastating is rampant impurity. Pornography is ubiquitous, children are sexually active, TV and movies are filled with explicit scenes, the contraceptive mentality reigns, and the list goes on. And despite popular opinion to the contrary, these sins are never private. How we think about sex affects every human relationship we have---for if...

The Sacred Heart and the Three Loves of Jesus

In his encyclical, Haurietis Aquas, issued in 1956 on the centenary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Pius XII offers us several metaphors for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s the “mystical ladder” which we climb to “embrace God Our Savior.” It’s also a “most precious shrine” which contains the “unlimited treasures of His merits.” The encyclical itself takes its...

5 Patron Saints of Beer

"From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world." - St. Arnulf of Metz Ah, beer. This blessed brew is one of life's great enjoyments and an incontrovertible sign of God's great love for us. Brewed by monks for centuries, beer has always had a close relationship to Catholicism. In fact, Holy Mother Church has proven her love for this beverage by enshrining of an...

Gentleman Saint: Saint Damien of Molokai

"I was sick and ye visited me." - J. Damien de Veuster (Inscription of St. Damien in the Bible of a visitor to the island) "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." - Jesus Christ Imagine an island where people are sent to die of a horrific, flesh rotting disease. They...

7 Ways to Honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus

"Behold this heart which has so loved men." - Jesus Christ "Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us, and at the same time, an exercise of our own love by which we are related to God and to other men." - Pope Pius XII...

Custody of the Eyes: What it is and How to Practice It

 Oh! how many are lost by indulging their sight!  - St. Alphonsus de Ligouri If your eye offends you, pluck it out. - Jesus We live in a hyper-sexualized, even pornified culture, and if you're a man who wants to be pure, you're going to be involved in a constant warfare against lust. Everything from toothpaste commercials to weight loss ads have some sort...

Lose Yourself: Finding Freedom in Mary’s Risky Yes

Did she really say that? Did she really mean it? I keep turning back to Luke 1:38, “And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” I take a few minutes to present myself before God in silence. When my mind wanders, I return to the spirit of Mary’s words....

A Marked Man: Should Catholics Get Tattoos?

From small ankle tattoos to tattooed sleeves, I am seeing tattoos on men and women more and more frequently. In fact, an estimated 40 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and tattoo parlors are one of the fastest growing businesses in the U.S. With the increased popularity of tattoos comes the question of their morality. After all, a tattoo is...

What is the Goal of the Catholic Church?

Why did Christ establish one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church? Why did the eternal Son of God become incarnate of the Virgin Mary, call the Twelve, establish them on the rock that is Peter, give them the power to proclaim his Kingdom and even to absolve sins, and empower them with the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth?...

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