The Gospel passage recounts the famous Parable of the Talents, related by St Matthew (25: 14-30). The "talent" was an ancient Roman coin, of great value, and precisely because of this parable's popularity it became synonymous with personal gifts, which everyone is called to develop. In fact, the text speaks of "a man going on … Continue reading Pope Benedict XVI On Talents
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or "To the greater glory of God" is the motto of the Society of Jesus, founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. On his feast day, let's remember that we are called to live our lives in service to the Gospel. "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his … Continue reading Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
On this day, Lord God, you opened for us the way to eternal life through your only Son's victory over death. Grant that as we celebrate the feast of his resurrection we may be renewed by your Holy Spirit and rise again in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who … Continue reading Happy Easter!
☧ Written for Those Catholic Men Last Christmas, my wife gave me a little gift for my newly grown beard: a two-ounce tin of beard balm from Catholic Balm Co. Not only was I excited to have something to tame what was then an unruly, course, and somewhat itchy face covering, I was also delighted … Continue reading Beard Balm and Daily Devotion
☧ The following is a letter written by Blessed Bartolome Blanco Marquez to his girlfriend. He was one of hundreds martyred during the Spanish Civil War and was imprisoned because he refused to engage in the bloody civil conflict. During that time, Catholicism was a controversial subject, and persecutions of both clergy and laity were widespread. … Continue reading Blessed Bartolome Blanco Marquez
☧ Shorter version published on Those Catholic Men and Catholic Exchange. A few weeks ago after having recently defended our Master's theses, my wife, several of our friends, and I were out at the good ol' bar district across the street from our university celebrating the conclusion of years of hard work. There are quite a few … Continue reading Fraternal Correction
☧ The following is a passage from the gospel of Mark: One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with … Continue reading “If I But Touch His Clothes”
☧ Published on Those Catholic Men. What's the deal with craft beer? Why does everyone suddenly love craft beer? How can it be that in 1978, there were 89 breweries in the US, but now, there are over 5,300? Why are microbreweries, craft beer companies, and brewpubs opening left and right? Why has production by … Continue reading Craft Beer and Distributism
Truly, He is risen! ☧ Happy Easter! I'd just like to leave a brief post for today. This is the Entrance Antiphon for today's Mass: I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. Human language falls silent … Continue reading Christ Is Risen!
Premonition I’ve wanted to do one of these daily prompt posts ever since I started this blog - sometimes I look at it, write a few lines, hit a roadblock, and delete everything. Well today is different; I’m going to write about this one. The word today is “premonition”. Now, I won’t try to pretend … Continue reading Premonition Has Two Sides