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Why We Really Go to Mass

God created us to give Him glory, which we do by sharing in His own happiness. The Catechism describes this reality in its opening line: “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.” The Baltimore Catechism captured the question “why did God make me?...

03 05 2018

Consider a Daily Fast for Lent

Lent began originally as an intense preparation of prayer and fasting preceding baptism at the Easter Vigil. Eventually the entire Church joined in this period of preparation, renewing one’s baptismal vows and expressing the need for constant conversion. If you want to know what Lent was like originally, ironically we can look to Ramadan, ...

02 05 2018

A Catholic Man’s Response to #MeToo

Let’s begin this article with a controversial statement: Toxic masculinity is real and has been since near the beginning of human existence. (Note: so too has toxic femininity, but it’s not the topic of this article.)  Many men hate this indictment and resist it.  After all, who wants to be painted with the same broad brush that touches sexua...

01 08 2018

Giving Thanks is Trivialized Without Blood and Sacrifice

I recently had a priest friend visit my farm to help me eat a pig.  He had, in fact, wanted to be there “for the bullet”, meaning when I began what is politely and (I think) cruelly called “processing”.  “Processing” is thoroughly modernist farm-speak that helps people cope with the reality that I am shooting a small bullet into the p...

11 20 2017

Four Truths We Need to Tell About Forgiveness

Forgiveness is absolutely central to our faith.  Most of us know this and simply take it as a given.  But we must remember that forgiveness is not commonplace.  Many who have been wronged bear a heavy burden of bitterness, and those who have wronged them bear a crippling sense of shame.  At root, this is a spiritual problem, and it’s a proble...

10 05 2017

What Hill Are You Dying On?

I don’t like to read long blog posts. The good news is that means I typically don’t like writing long blog posts either. This one, therefore, will be an exercise in brevity. Our lives are filled with amazing tools, gadgets, and conveniences, yet we are losing our souls. My thought on why: we don’t have enough men proclaiming truth, beau...

09 12 2017

Start A Fraternus Chapter

Boys cannot become men without men.  Pope Pius XI once pointed out the fact that, especially during the formative years, the sexes should be separated: False and harmful to Christian education today is the so-called method of ‘co-education’… a deplorable confusion of ideas… The Creator has ordained and disposed perfect union of the sexes ...

02 08 2017

Socialism Is Wrong for Men

One of the strangest things about the 2016 presidential campaign is the revival of socialism as a mainstream political ideology. Socialism is not something widely understood in America today, in part because we’ve been remarkably shielded from most of its effects. Ask one segment of the population what socialism is and they are likely to reply wi...

09 05 2016

The Cross & the Mass Are the Same Sacrifice

When we go to Mass, we are brought into the presence of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross which took place at Calvary two thousand years ago.  His one sacrifice is again made present; what happened on the cross and what takes place on the altar at Mass is the same sacrifice - yet present in different modes.  This understanding helps us to better ...

03 25 2016

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