Prudence, Financial Independence & The Need for Catholic Men to Understand Their Personal Finances

As the head of our domestic church, we should strive to be prudent with our finances so we can wholly serve and protect the best interests of our family. Financial responsibility is the idea that one must ultimately take ownership for managing one’s own finances and eventually the finances of one's family. The man should step up and take on the responsibility with grace.

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The Crisis of Our Times – Too Many Men are Effeminate

According to Thomas Aquinas, effeminacy is an unwillingness to put aside one’s pleasure in order to pursue what is arduous. This is also his definition of sloth, but the difference is that sloth is the aversion of what’s hard whereas effeminacy is the disordered attachment to pleasure.

Hands up, who wants to be the Pope?

I get it; it’s a serious debate with potentially serious consequences. But leave it to the academics, those who are really qualified, to thrash it out in private and then wait for them to report back. Sure, inform yourself and share your thoughts judiciously, but a 2000-year old church doesn’t have the kind of problems that get solved in two weeks just because, well, the internet.

The Death of the Hero

It is no coincidence in an age of uncertainty and fear that we are so obsessed with superheroes. Our collective consciousness craves security in the knowledge that someone is doing something in a world where chaos is so prevalent and its cause so intangible. As soon as we seem to have a handle on one... Continue Reading →

The Power of Invitation: Asking Others to Join your Catholic Men’s Group

For Catholic men's groups to have real meaning and purpose, they must follow the example of Christ and reach out to all on the periphery, saying Come and see! See what it means to be welcomed, to be accepted as you are, to be part of something bigger than oneself, to experience fraternity, moral support and shared faith. Come and see what it means to be a Catholic man, an authentic man, a beloved son of God.

Setting up a Catholic men’s group

As far as possible, keep the group centred within the parish and made up of parishioners. Forming social and spiritual bonds are easier when you see each other regularly at Mass and at parish events. The parish will also benefit from your regular and committed presence.

Why join a Catholic men’s group?

Aren't Catholic men's groups just a handful of old men clinging to the final vestiges of a dying faith? Aren't the Knights of St Columba or the Catenians some vague, shadowy sect your grandfather belonged to? Isn't it, well, a little un-PC to talk about men-only groups these days? Who knows what they get up to behind closed doors!

Manhood = Virility + Virtue

If fatherhood is the essence of authentic masculinity (see previous post), a man's life should be dedicated to becoming the best father possible. Only in this way will he become the best man possible. What potential athlete, believing that winning is the essence of athletics, would simply sit back and hope one day to become... Continue Reading →

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