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St. Joseph Formed Jesus as a Man

As I argue in the video and course Leaving Boyhood Behind, Jesus being lost in the Temple is the story Luke uses to mark the transition of Jesus away from his boyhood and toward his life as a man – it’s his rite of passage.  As he leaves the Temple with Mary and Joseph, we are told he went obediently and "lived there in subjection to them.” ...

03 21 2020

How Loving Mother’s Make Their Sons into Mama’s Boys

As I argue in Leaving Boyhood Behind, it's not just fathers and sons who need the wisdom of the rite of passage. Mothers need it too. A boy's transition away from his mother into manhood can be very difficult for a mother, due to the unique relationship a mother shares with her child. The growth of a boy into manhood can even be an experience of de...

03 18 2020

Boys Must be Separated from Childhood to be Men

The following is an adapted excerpt from Leaving Boyhood Behind by Jason Craig. In Rudyard Kipling's coming-of-age novel Captains Courageous, a spoiled, rich teenager named Harvey is initiated into manhood through a series of adventures on a fishing vessel. Separated from his wealthy family, he gets thrown in with real men, the sort with quick wi...

03 11 2020

Boys to Men, Through Baseball and Friendship

Our grandson Ben began playing baseball in the Des Moines area with a team known as the Rockies at age six and continued with them until their final game at fourteen. The Rockies were wildly successful in terms of wins and losses through those years and we joined in on the fun, rarely missing a game. In the process, we became friends with his team...

10 21 2019

On Young Men Not Going to College

By: Ted Rebard Fraudulent admission to universities has seen much press recently, and deservedly. In a few instances, beyond this, it has, and I believe more importantly been noted, that there are least two further and more widespread frauds involving university admission and attendance. First, it is simply false to imagine that everyone should, ...

09 06 2019

Stop Blaming the World and Take Responsibility

When I first sat down to write this, I was adamant about my purpose: I wanted to rant that men are oppressed by forces that are no fault of their own. That man’s oppression is the fault of women. Or maybe culture. I wanted to project my feelings of frustration with the current state of manhood onto something else or someone else. I wanted to ...

06 28 2019

Why All Males Need Rites of Passage

Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). The following is taken from chapter 2 of Leaving Boyhood Behind. Some transitions in life are so radical that the old form of life simply cannot continue into the new form; the old form must give way and the new form b...

06 15 2019

Strong and Weak Men in the Light of a Burning Notre Dame

By: Michael Heinser “Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” ― G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain Notre Dame burned.  I can’t think of a more poignant picture of Western Culture than the image of smoke pouring from the cathedral as the three hundred foot ...

06 06 2019

A Woman’s Note to TCM Readers: We’re Ready for Your Strength

One of the saddest things about the controversies about masculinity – toxic this and that – is that it has men sitting behind screens pecking out and tweeting responses to internet mobs that wont hear them. While this is happening everyday there are practical ways to simply fill the void of masculinity instead of letting it be filled with the ...

01 29 2019

A New and Necessary Book by Jason Craig, Editor of Those Catholic Men

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.  – St. Paul (1 Corinthians 13:11) Dear fathers, mothers, and those that come from them – read this book! Every healthy society throughout history has had cultural and ceremonial rites of passa...

12 17 2018

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