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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...

Introducing Catholic Gentleman T-Shirts!

For months now, I've been getting requests for Catholic Gentleman t-shirts. And now they're finally here! These fun and sturdy cotton tees sport the bold tiara and pipes logo, and they'll let the world know that you're a Catholic gentleman extraordinaire. The tees currently come in white, grey, or tan, and they're currently available for pre-order. What are you waiting for? Order...

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...

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

Pull out your highlighters. What word stands out most when you read Matthew 1:24? Isn’t it that small, overused, three-letter word our English teachers told us to avoid? “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded.” Joseph did. It’s that simple. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and fathers, a simple carpenter who obeyed...

A Day in the Life of a Catholic Police Officer

A Police Officer from Wisconsin who recently converted to the Catholic Faith kindly shared his thoughts about life as a city cop and how the Faith influences his day-to-day life. This post originally appeared at Cream City Catholic and it  is reprinted with permission. I imagine there is no such thing as a “typical day” for a cop, but as...

Should Catholics Cuss?

Recently, a horribly raunchy movie made national headlines because it contained over 500 uses of the f-word. Yeah, it was obscenely obscene, and obviously, that level of profanity is unusual. But the fact is, vulgarities are becoming commonplace in music, movies, literature, and everyday language. This growing trend raises the question--- is profanity a sin? Is it morally wrong to use words...

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...

A Unique Opportunity: 33 Days to Morning Glory

I just wrote about my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and today, I'd like to share a Marian devotion that can help you grow closer to Jesus. It's Marian consecration using the bestselling book 33 Days to Morning Glory. (Believe it or not, there's already 2 million copies of this book in print.) If you'd like to learn more...

St. Joseph: The Model of Manhood

St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things.  He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life. – St. Josemaria Escriva Recently, I have been growing in devotion to St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. St....

How to be Catholic in the Cubicle

The following is a guest post by Bob Waruszewski. It is the first in a series on sanctifying our work. A few weeks ago, I was reading an excerpt about how a man chose to serve as a missionary on a college campus following graduation. He said that he decided to become a missionary because he wanted to something meaningful...

Spiritual Weapons: The Name of Jesus

"Flog your enemies with the Name of Jesus, for there is no weapon more powerful in heaven or on earth." - St. John Climacus "Blessed be the Name of Jesus." - The Divine Praises Among the spiritual weapons in our arsenal, there are none as powerful as the Holy Name of Jesus. The saints have healed the sick, conquered temptation,...

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