Catholic Men

November 12, 2012
The Faith introduction
By Jason Godin

As the Year of Faith continues, the 2005 introduction to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, written by the present pope as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, can help us learn more about our faith. Catholics can explore the broad contours of their faith and, over time, use it to introduce to the world the treasures of Catholicism.

The introduction explains three important features about the Compendium:

First, the Compendium is reliable because its contents are based...

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November 05, 2012
Our own Emmaus road
By Randy Hain

We are all likely familiar with the “walk to Emmaus” by two of Christ’s disciples the evening of the Resurrection. (Luke 24:13-35) These two men, overcome with hopelessness and discouragement, were talking about the incredible events they had witnessed over the previous few days as they were walking to their home village of Emmaus outside of Jerusalem.

As I read this Gospel passage in Eucharistic adoration the other day, I was struck by the parallels with our modern world. These two men...

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October 29, 2012
The lions we face
By Jason Godin

By Jason Godin

Americans have an opportunity periodically to vote. It is a right that has justly evolved over time to include more citizens. To vote is also a responsibility, a civic duty secured in the face of shared sufferings at home and aboard throughout United States history.

Shared sufferings have long found a place in the history of Christianity, too. St. Peter likened the devil who stirs up such sorrows to a hungry lion on the prowl. Calling for sobriety and vigilance at all times,...

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October 22, 2012
An original pro-lifer
By Brian Caulfield

Last week I had the extraordinary privilege of meeting one of the true pioneers of the pro-life movement. Unlike most of those who were shocked into action by the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions imposing abortion on demand on the country, the man I met was actually in a position to do something more than speak out, protest, and write his congressman. At the time, he was the Conservative U.S. senator from New York – that’s right, the state has a viable...

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October 15, 2012
A joyful companion
By Jason Godin

Throughout history the Catholic Church has proclaimed particular men and women as saints, professing this certain company of faithful departed as “models and intercessors” who “practiced heroic virtue” and “fidelity to God’s grace” in life. (CCC, 828) St. Luke, the author of one of the four Gospels as well as recognized artist of a nationally-beloved Marian icon, reminds us about the important places of historical narratives and iconic images in the Catholic faith.

As the...

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October 08, 2012
Digital vigilance for parents
By Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D.

Monitoring the home computer may not be enough.

Tom and Barbara came to my office seeking help for their teenage son, who was caught viewing online pornography. Though they continuously monitored the home computer, they were shocked to discover that he had been viewing pornography downloaded onto his Kindle. He and his friends had also been viewing porn on their Playstation system. Tom and Barbara were unaware of all the places people can view online pornography today.

In order to protect...

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October 01, 2012
For the Year (of Faith) Ahead
By Jason Godin

October brings days ripe with modern history for the Church. In this month we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Its days also mark the start of the Year of Faith. It seems appropriate, therefore, that a column for Catholic men should present thoughts, past and present, for all men to consider for the year ahead.

In his 2011 apostolic letter, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI spoke...

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September 24, 2012
Talking Catholic to your kids
By Brian Caulfield

When you have kids in school, sometimes you are faced with the basic questions of existence. Reviewing my seventh-grader for a Science test, we came across the question: Can living matter come from non-living matter?


I vaguely remembered this from my own Science class decades ago. Once upon a time, spontaneous generation was thought to be true because maggots appeared to come from rotting meat, but carefully protecting the meat from flies showed that the appearance was false, and...

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September 17, 2012
Called by five names
By Jason Godin

Sin is the true root of our sorrows. It hurts because it weakens or possibly destroys the new life in Christ we received at Baptism. To restore this most important relationship, Christ has “willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation” through a sacrament called by five names in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC, 1421). 

The Catechism teaches that the sacrament of Penance begins our “returning to the Father”...

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September 10, 2012
Our restless hearts
By Randy Hain

“Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.” (St. Augustine, Confessions)

While in Eucharistic adoration the other morning I prayed for many things, including strength and courage to stay on the path of Christ. As I sometimes remember to do, I let my mind grow quiet and tried to listen to God’s words and not my own. The above quote from St. Augustine crossed my mind and the word which...

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