Catholic Men
November 11, 2013
The Purity Story
By Brian Caulfield

My parents met at a parish social in New York City soon after my dad returned from a World War II navy stint. They were both Catholic high school teens. My dad was finishing his senior year after taking time out to defend his country and my mom was 15. Their meeting was, as my mom tells it, love at first sight. She saw this dashing young man at the punch bowl, hoping he would pour her a cup, and he did. They dated for years, when young couples still went “steady,” and became...

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September 09, 2013
How do you know you’re a man?
By Brian Caulfield

Guys of a certain age will remember Chuck Connors, TV’s version of Charlton Heston, who blasted his way across the small screen as “The Rifleman” for five seasons beginning in 1958. Week to week, he was the consummate straight-shooter: a widower riding the West with his pre-teen son, working hard and saying little, encountering trouble (usually a gang of black-hatted bad guys stealing livestock), and doing justice in his square-jawed, reluctant way by shooting two or...

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September 02, 2013
Our many hues of blue
By Jason Godin

Colors both captivate our ordinary senses and, at the same time, capture extraordinary meanings. Consider blue. It can describe how low we might feel. But it can also depict, as a symbol, higher callings proposed by faith to humanity.

Science defines blue as the color between green and violet in the optical electromagnetic spectrum, with a wavelength between 450 and 495 nanometers. But hearts, minds, and other human senses attach values to blue beyond the visible rainbow. We try to...

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August 26, 2013
'Mystery priest' reveals thirst for God
By Brian Caulfield

The world is waiting for God. This is one lesson we can take from the “Mystery Priest” incident earlier this month in Missouri, when a Catholic priest appeared apparently from nowhere to anoint and pray for a young woman trapped in a car that was hit head-on by another driver. After 19-year-old Katie Lentz was rescued, the emergency workers wanted to thank the priest, but he was gone. A study of dozens of photos from the scene failed to show the black-clad, tab-collared man.

Once the...

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August 19, 2013
Because she said 'yes'
By Jason Godin

The Solemnity of the Assumption (Aug. 15) celebrates the Immaculate Mother of God being taken up body and soul to heaven. The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aug. 22) memorializes Mary as our royal and heavenly queen due to her entire life lived in perfect union with God.

August also features the memorials of St. Dominic (Aug. 8), who preached widely about the Rosary; St. Maximilian Kolbe (Aug. 14), who founded the Immaculata Movement in Poland, and St. Stephen (Aug. 16), who...

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August 05, 2013
The Freedom of Chastity
By Jason Godin

My column in this space, two years ago this month, identified lust as a form of slavery that distorts human sexuality. To the stunned surprise of this columnist, readers responded in large numbers to its message from places as near as Philadelphia and as far as the Philippines, and many places in between. They shared with him how that column’s words helped them discuss with others what still needs to be said with clarity and conviction: forms of lust – particularly masturbation,...

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July 22, 2013
'Lumen Fidei' for Families
By Brian Caulfield

Joy! That was my immediate reaction when I heard that Pope Francis was releasing his first encyclical on the topic of faith. I know papal letters are not often the cause of rejoicing, but there are many reasons to be happy over this document, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith).

First: This is the work of “four hands,” as Francis himself described it. In issuing the encyclical, Pope Francis finished and continues the masterworks of his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Our beloved...

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July 15, 2013
Moments with millennials
By Jason Godin

The decisions Windsor v. U.S. and Hollingsworth v. Perry reached by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 reflect attitudes held among many youth today. Statistical studies have shown in recent years that large numbers of the Millennial Generation – those born since 1977 – favor legalizing homosexual unions and think effective parenting has little to do with marriage. As financial worries now surface as an even higher priority among millennials than getting married and having children,...

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July 01, 2013
James for July
By Jason Godin

The sounds of technology seem to amplify in July. Cellular phones chirp with greater urgency as we try to get away for vacation. Ear buds blast a bit louder in our summer travels. Artificial voices direct us to our vacation destinations. Such melodies testify to an advanced world and, at the same time, an increasingly disconnected people.

Thankfully Catholicism provides us with ways to reconnect, both with others as we play and with God as we pray. The short New Testament Letter of...

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June 24, 2013
Six steps to joy
By Randy Hain

Recently, I had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with living out his faith openly in the world and his reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be doing. After a few minutes of discussion, it became obvious that there was a connection between how my coffee companion presented his faith to the world and how others view the Catholic Church.

Why do some Catholics lose their...

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