Catholic Men
January 28, 2013
The McGivney way
By Brian Caulfield

While our Church moves toward the opportunities and challenges of a new year, I have been caught in something of a time warp. As Vice Postulator for Venerable Father Michael McGivney, I have spent the last few weeks promoting his Sainthood Cause in the Philippines, far away from America’s 24-hour news cycle.

My thoughts have been very much on the unchanging and the eternal, beginning with God and his grace and focusing mainly on the life and legacy of Venerable McGivney, the founder of...

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January 21, 2013
The 'Roe Generations'
By Jason Godin

Forty years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade. In terms of demographics, that means almost two generations of Americans have lived their entire life in a country with legalized abortion. It is an anniversary worth noting because it has come to define, devastate, and destroy millions of people – who, in this one college history teacher’s view, we could call the “Roe Generations” – across the United States.

The First Generation, 1973-1993

Lives changed just...

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January 14, 2013
The difference faith makes
By Brian Caulfield

What would your life be like without the Mass, the sacraments, regular prayer, a sense of God’s presence and goodness, the soaring sight of a church steeple, or the beauty of stained glass, not to mention the hope of heaven and life everlasting? Dull, hapless, horizonless, and maybe even a bit scary?

Yet this is how many people live – maybe family members, neighbors and coworkers. If you’re like me, you can remember those days, in my case in my teens and early 20s. Though raised with...

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January 07, 2013
Faith in your workplace
By Randy Hain

As we begin a new year, have you considered how to bring your Catholic faith with you to work? Putting God first and blending your faith with every aspect of your life will promote balance and peace, and help you forge a deeper relationship with God. Of course, this is a challenge that takes time and effort.

Pursuing integration will help us become better Christians and reduce the negative effects — mental, emotional, moral — of keeping our faith separate from the rest of our lives. The...

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January 02, 2013
A perfect gift
By Jason Godin

The days before Christmas found people rushing to buy “perfect” gifts. A variety of advertisements and news reports displayed store shelves that sought to satisfy with overflowing abundance. Many shoppers even tried to complete the task by clicking from the comfort of a home computer. Flushed with determination, and maybe the best of intentions, perhaps you found that the quest for a perfect gift transformed into a necessity to impress this Christmas season, and you may have entertained...

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December 17, 2012
Whom would you rather offend?
By Randy Hain

Over lunch this week with a long-time client, the blessing I said at the beginning of the meal sparked an interesting conversation. This human resources executive smiled as I made the sign of the cross at the end, and said, “Well, I don’t see this every day. I can’t remember the last time I said a blessing over a meal at a business lunch.”

Once again in my experience, the simple act of saying a blessing over a meal in public prompted a conversation about faith in the public...

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December 10, 2012
Triumphs of Tepeyac
By Jason Godin

A constant reality during the Season of Advent is Christmas art. Our mailboxes fill with religious cards displaying choirs of announcing angels, the Holy Family, maybe even the Three Wise Men. Admittedly, the avalanche of so many images may most times blur our senses like a heavy blizzard.

Which makes it all the more special when one of them holds your gaze, causes you to stop and take a breath (or two!) in awe, and appreciate deep within the real reason for the season.

“Mother of...

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Sexting, drugs, alcohol, cyber-bullying, teen suicide, rampant materialism, technology addiction, and me-first mindsets. The list of challenges to young people today can seem overwhelming. As parents of two boys under the age of 16, I feel like my wife and I are on the front lines of a never-ending war for the very souls of our children. I would love to tell you that we always make the right decisions, but some days I am not so sure.

My wife and I often feel worn out from the daily...

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November 26, 2012
Kingship of Love
By Jason Godin

This week the Church ends its liturgical year by celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King. It is a prominent feast day that speaks with as much truth now as it did when first established in 1925.

Nationalism and secularism – equally strong, both aggressive – marched around the globe during the brief period between the First and Second World Wars (1919-1939). In his 1925 encyclical, Quas Primas, Pope Pius XI diagnosed the roots of such movements as “the majority of men (having)...

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November 19, 2012
In all things faith
By Brian Caulfield

As we pass through the early weeks of this Year of Faith, it is well to recall the oft-repeated words of Blessed Mother Teresa: God calls us not to be successful, but faithful.

It’s easy to think that this message is meant for others, not for me. After all, we all want success – in the name of God, of course. We work hard, we pray, we try to live out the teachings of the Church and hand the faith on to our children. We may even have an apostolate, such as teaching CCD, singing in the...

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