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International Buy a Priest a Beer Day is Almost Here

Did you know that this Sunday, September 20, is International Buy a Priest a Beer Day? We are now in our 7th year of this glorious festal day. On this auspicious occaision, faithful Catholics all over the world take their priests out for a beer and get to know them better. It’s a beautiful Catholic tradition that goes back to...

Fail Forward: 7 Blessings of Falls in the Lives of Men

We are living in a time when men are besieged from all fronts.  Men have a suicide rate three times higher than women which many attribute, at least in part, to men equating asking for help with portraying vulnerability in a society where vulnerability is equated with weakness and not being a real man.  As followers of Christ, we have...

Fathers, Bring the Joy

“It’s good to be king” was a common refrain in my home, and it was always in reference to me. I was a 5-year-old boy, who, my parents joked, got the royal treatment. My mother and father cooked for me, cleaned for me, and made sure I went to bed early. I was capable of making my bed and getting...

Fathers, Fight for Milk

I’ll never forget the night my first child was born. I was racing down the freeway before dawn, clutching the steering wheel.  “Look out for deer,” Brittany moaned. I glanced at her sideways.  “You’re in labor, and you’re worried about deer?” “Just watch out for deer, okay!” I squeezed the steering wheel until my knuckles turned white.  Nothing changes a...

Planning for Falls When Recovering from Porn

Bob came to me feeling very discouraged.  He had slipped again into viewing pornography.  He wanted to be completely honest about it and tell his wife; however, he didn’t know how to do it.  He knew she would be very angry and disappointed.  He didn’t want to hurt her, but he knew he had to come clean.   In recovery, slips...

The Saints We Touch: The Example of Ordinary Holiness

I’ve never been good at initiating hugs. I’m pro-hugging, and very much so, it’s just that I’ve always felt awkward with being the first to spread his arms and move in for the hug. “Zubair,” Louis Coker, OFS, would say before spreading his arms and moving in on me, “my brother.” He had a knack for it. Louis was a...

My Journey From Muslim to Catholic

“How did you go from Islam to Catholicism?” I’ve been asked that several times since my confirmation in 2012. I don’t mind answering this question at all. The problem has typically been that I’ve been asked this in such a setting in which I’ve only had only a few minutes to give an answer. The story of my conversion, from...

Guilt, Shame, and Healing from Pornography

This post is part of an ongoing series on healing from pornography addiction. Read more posts in this series here. One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for both the pornography user and his/her spouse is shame.  In order to understand shame, we need to distinguish it from guilt:  Guilt:  An emotion that focuses on actions.  This is an...

Podcast Ep. 8: How the Virgin Mary Helps us Be Better Men

How can the Blessed Virgin Mary help us be better men? We are prone to look for masculine models to imitate, and yet the constant chorus of the saints through the ages has been that the Blessed Mother is indispensable to a man's spiritual life. Dr. Mark Miravalle will help illuminate how the Virgin Mary can help us grow in...

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