Vires per ministerium: Strength through Service

More than ever, the Church needs men. Sadly, many Catholic men have believed the lie that being holy isn’t manly, and that the faith is boring. They leave religion to women and children and simply tune out. But holiness is for men. There is nothing more difficult, rewarding, or manly than becoming a saint. The spiritual life is full of combat, struggle, hardship, and adventure. It requires blood, sweat, tears, perseverance, and courage. It isn’t for the faint of heart. Catholic men are called to leave mediocrity behind and to strive for greatness.

The Catholic Gentleman exists to inspire men to holiness—to love God, to serve others, and to deny self. We are a community of Catholic men like you, giving our lives in service to Christ the King by sacrificing for our families, our neighbors, and the good of the Church.

Our motto is “Vires per ministerium”, which means “Strength through service.” It is based on Christ’s teaching that, “the greatest among you will be your servant.” True greatness is not found in worldly power, but in the call to lay down our lives in love for the good of others.

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  2. I must say, I love this blog. It inspires me with my own blog.
    Speaking of which, have you heard of other excellent Catholic Blogs such as BadCatholic on Patheos? Might be worth looking into.

  3. Luke Philippsen says:

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  4. Christopher Quiroz says:

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  5. Bill Rudolph says:

    I love your website. I’d like to keep following it for my Christian edification. I’m a convert from Protestantism to the Orthodox Church. And feel I’m also a “Western “Christian and Catholic in the broad sense. And I support the pope and wish we were not divided.

  6. Rose Sweet says:

    Love your site and love YOU! There is nothing more exciting to a woman (other than God himself) as to see his image in a strong, courageous MAN. Whoo hoo!!!!

  7. Shawn Sullivan says:

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  10. Sneeze says:

    This is an amazing blog. Keep posting often. My good friend linked me to this today and I can’t stop reading all your words of wisdom. As a young adult, I can learn much from you.

  11. Maylis says:

    Thank you so much for those reflexions ! I’ll get married in 2015, my fiancé anf I like very much this blog ! 🙂 We miss this type of websites in France…

  12. Brian Doce says:

    Hi are you a member of the Opus Dei?

  13. Joshua says:

    This is wonderful blog. I really enjoy and appreciate what you are doing here.

  14. bevmalona1 says:

    yes, I am a woman but an old woman who re-posts your site for all the men to see on my Facebook page. Good job and I agree with you-men need men to call them to holiness!

  15. Geoff says:

    Heh….old fashioned razor, smoking pipe, dark beer, leather, fountain pens, and, most importantly, the Latin Mass. A true gentleman indeed Mr. Guzman! What an awesome blog you have here…great for Catholic neophytes such as myself.

  16. I really like to receive your newsletters and like the main topic of this website : how to become a man with God 🙂 Thanks for this and big up from France!

  17. Sam, I just found you through Simcha Fischer at Patheos. There is an art to Catholic manliness that is both edifying and a portal to grace. Check out my blog, “Old Soldiers,” at Look forward to this.

  18. Heather says:

    Thank you! I enjoy your FB threads… and I am delighted to see you go to the Latin Mass.. I don’t have one close by to attend, but I am a Catholic School teacher in Alaska that is in the process of reigniting Classical Curriculum in our Catholic school including teaching the students a basic foundation in Latin…. God bless… We need more Catholics today that adhere to all the tenets of the faith from younger generations!

  19. jacob says:

    interesting blog. enjoy reading it. keep up the good work & may the Lord bless you

  20. jacob says:

    Really enjoy the blog: uplifting. I would be very interested to hear your conversion story. God bless!

  21. John says:

    Do you know I think this is my most favorite blog ever! So happy to have stumbled onto this! Now then, the pipes in the logo, is it just a tip of the hat to gentlemen like civilities of yesteryear? Sort of an inklings practice over a pint thing,..or is there more to the pipe logo?! Can you please explain the pipe logo?

  22. JANE says:

    This is awesome, very inspiring. I have just learnt about this Catholic Gentleman.God bless you for this great work of evangelization.

  23. Miguel Nevarez says:

    Great job Mr Guzman!! I love this blog/fb page!!! Thank you for evangelizing Mother Church with the grace you do!!!

  24. Carol Steinbovk says:

    Thank you for this site. I must say I expected it to be from a much older Catholic Gentleman. God bless you.
    Carol Steinbock.

  25. Lori Fischer says:

    Love this site! From a woman who married a Catholic who doesn’t practice his faith much, I need this blog every day. Keeps me going and gives me hope. Keep up the good work.

  26. Boutheon says:

    Thank you so Much for this wonderful testimony which inspires french catholic men, convinced that they need to gather, pray and commit for evangelization. God bless you. Arnaud from Paris

  27. Dave Hamilton says:

    Sam, God bless you with this endeavor… Nice to see a Catholic gentlemen talk about things in ways that others won’t tackle due to the pervasive political correctiness in our society.. Thanks from a father of 5…

  28. Timothy Iles says:

    Hi Sam.
    I can’t tell you how much your site encourages me . I get your posts on Facebook, they are fantastic.
    I am a 52 yr old with a wife of 27 years and 4 children. The oldest three are at university and are great kids but spirituality chalanged! Your posts along with our new parish priests apologetics class are a huge help and comfort. Keep up the good work! I’m certain the grace of God lives in your home !

    All the best Tim Iles

  29. Aujoy says:

    Beautiful site really! Thank you for inspiring and the most recent article on loving our lady is really apt and timely in understanding how satan can seek to destroy relationships.

  30. Daniele Joseph Fernandez says:

    Hello Sam, my name is DJ. I am a Filipino and I come from the land that loves Mama Mary very much – The little archipelago of the Philippines.

    We have a very strong devotion to Our Lady. In fact, we have several well known venerated images of Our Lady here in the Philippines. To name a few we have Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag, Our Lady of Penafrancia, Our Lady of la Naval de Manila, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage of Antipolo etc. Devotion to these images have multiple accounts of apparitions, miracles, blessings, etc but there is one apparition that we Filipino Catholics have been working out for re investigation and approval. The apparition of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace in the city of Lipa, Batangas in 1942 to then a novice Teresita Castillo. We always pray for Our Lady’s approval as one of the greatest appartions of Mama Mary.

    I hope that one day you can come to the Philippines to personally see how great our love is to Mama Mary and how much we honor her as the Mother of One True God – Jesus.

    God Bless you… Mama Mary loves you!

  31. David says:

    Good sir this is quite the excellent site.! I am inclined to pass on recommendations to the young men of whom I am ministering to and are my peers. Continue your persuit of the Lord and writing captivating posts!

  32. jcawalton says:

    Nice work. Keep it up 🙂

  33. David Albares says:

    Hello, My name is David Albares. I’ve just recently discovered your site and so my comment/question pertains to your “About” section rather than article. You list an assortment of activities/hobbies of yours towards the end(shaving with a safety razor, enjoying leather etc.) that I think many would associate as masculine. My question would be that if a man happens to prefer to wax his arm pits, cry during Taylor Swift songs, and dance in the ballet is he any less masculine than you? Stated another way: who gets to determine what is masculine and what is not? It seems that if some men have particular preferences and desires while others have their own particularities then their is an almost an unlimited way to be “masculine”.

  34. Robert Kasun says:

    Great site, but I need to unsubscribe. Have requested numerous times, but nothing happens. Is my subscription eternal?

  35. Mike says:

    Your website is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Mike Bullock

  36. RJ DeSanctis says:

    FoUnd you on Instagram.. Love your posts… Hard core dude. With you all the way. R.J. DeSanctis. Don’t stop

  37. J Brown says:

    Thank you for this encouragement. In these small ways you bring others to Christ.

  38. Adolfo says:

    Dear Brother in Christ- I enjoy reading your work. I’m also pursuing sainthood, I have long way to go. I will be praying for you and your family.

    God Bless,

    Adolfo M

  39. Jim Brady says:

    Keep up the great work!

  40. Rev. Fr. Mariusz Pacuła, SVD says:

    I am fr. Mariusz Pacuła, SVD
    Working in Ghana as a missionary for 14 years.
    When I was in seminary my teacher ones said. In your Pastoral activities pay attention more to men. “If you have men in the church, women will come after them. Don’t worry. ”
    I have realy enjoyed the work with men in Ghana. They are my strength and support.
    Of course women are there.
    I read short comments about your statistics that you made about men crisis in the church.
    There are a lot of worth inputs for me.

    I appreciate you so much if I can get any link to the full tekst and comments..

    May God bless your beautiful family and work.
    Keep it up.

    My contact

  41. Herbert Kiff says:

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    Fr. Herb

  42. Tess says:

    I love the memes (is that what they’re called?…pictures anyway!) of sort of the ‘toughness’ and ‘coolness’ of being a warrior for God and our Catholic faith. I am a single mom and I have 2 teenaged sons, 18 and 16, and I love sharing those with them. Sometimes they give me an eye roll, but, they can’t ‘un-see’ them so I keep sending them to them on their phones! Keep them coming! Keep ALL of it coming, you have some good ‘stuff’!!!! 🙂

  43. Chris Haacke says:

    Outstanding effort. As a father of 8 with four young men, I enjoy your site. Thank you for your witness. Peace.

  44. Thibaut says:

    God bless you! For sure our Lord Jesus is driving you in this holiness adventure.
    Keep inspiring future saints, I pray for you !

  45. ave13maria says:

    Great Job…. and keep it up… GOD Bless you…

  46. Greg Sipe says:

    Hi Sam,
    Where do you attend the Latin Mass? I know some very solid diocesan priests near the Madison area… Fr. “Z” Zuhlsdorf & Fr. Heilman. Do you know them, or have you heard of them? We attend the Latin Mass in Dallas, TX. The Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish, run by the good priests of The Fraternity of Saint Peter.

    Regards, Greg Sipe

    1. Sam Guzman says:

      St. Stanislaus in Milwaukee. Yes, I know Fr. Heilman, but I’ve never met Fr. Z. I am familiar with your parish! Taylor Marshall goes there as well I believe.

  47. Cijo says:

    Thank you. Keep helping us.

  48. Jim Black says:

    Hey Sam, My name is Jim Black and I just want to tell you that your website and this movement, if you will, has worked wonders. I was just u at a seminary talking with a young man in the formation process to become a priest and he told me that during high school your website was one of the tools he used to help him stay on the straight and narrow. That’s when I said “I gotta go check this out ” then when he told me you smoke pipes I knew there was an amazing mission happening here, for if you can show other men that they can enjoy the world pleasures such as smoking, drinking, and having a good time and also be Catholic…you’ve done something worthy. Well thanks and God bless!!

  49. Keenan says:

    Aloha Sam,
    My name is Keenan and I am from Hawaii. I would like to Thank You for this inspirational site you are running. I have been struggling with being a true man of God. Keep up the wonderful work and May God continue to Bless you and your Family. Cheers

  50. Alejandro says:

    Your whole faith path encourages me! I guess I’ll start some sort of Catholic lifestyle blog in Spanish! Internet needs more of this!
    Greetings from México.


  51. From one chap to another, it’s a delight to see another fellow understand being a Catholic is rather fun. I love the Facebook and indeed this site. Do carry on.

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  53. Thouugh I sm a woman. I find this Catholic Gentleman site most interesting. My late husband would have been delighted with it too. He kept encouraging his griends to become more active in their parishes. Bless you for everything you do. I also love leather. and fountain-pens ,and why not, I enjoy a good pint of beer, preferably Guiness, though it,’s difficult to find where I live. And I wish I could attend a Latin Mass too. Keep the Light of Jesus, our Lord burning!
    Silvia Levrero – von Sanden
    Montevideo, Uruguay

  54. Luis G. Loya says:

    Thank you Sam for this Great website for us Catholic men. We men need to get off of the couch and turn off those ” Gilligan’s Island” reruns and study Catholic Apologetics. Too many of my Catholic brothers are ignorant of the Bible and of the Catholic Catechism, that is why the numbers of Catholics in Mass is dwindling. I’m on fire now for our Church and for Jesus and Our Blessed Mother because of an Inspirational conference that I attended featuring JESSE ROMERO. That guy is a Catholic Warrior. I think he has some short videos on YouTube. But in person you get all Fired up.

  55. Denzil says:

    Impressive Sir.

  56. Jannette says:

    Fabulous articles, Sam. My hubby and I enjoy the reads, and share them often with our siblings, as we can relate to so much of what you write about. My favorite article so far is about why the Devil hates the Virgin Mary. I go back to it often. So thank you for explaining things to clearly, and inspiring so many men and women.

  57. Tony says:

    Excellent resource.

  58. Andrew padovano says:

    Awesome site- needed, and appreciated. AMDG my brother in Christ

  59. Colleen says:

    I just signed up to receive your posts. I’m looking forward to reading them. I have a question for you. I was googling blessing oneself when I came upon your website. My situation is that my son has developed an OCD compulsion of crossing himself and then repeating father, son, Holy Spirit three times. Of course, I am pleased that he finds comfort in doing this but it is constant. I feel if I try to discourage him from doing this, I am rejecting God. I do not want to do that, but I don’t want him it to be a compulsive act. What are your thought about this?

  60. Sharon Fuentes says:

    Hi Sam,
    My husband and I having been considering moving our family of 7 close to the Abbey. We don’t know a lot about the area yet. My husband works from home too(IT/ computer). One thing that scares us is the tornado possibilities…this is probably what is keeping us from deciding. Please share with us information on the area, housing, and the Catholic community. Thank you for sharing your journey!

    Ps. We live in South Florida and heard about your blog from a friend seminarian. ?

  61. Nigel Palmer says:

    Dear Sam,

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your posts and e mails (and The Catholic Gentleman rosariries!) and to wish you and your family a very Happy 2017.

    God bless,

    Nigel Palmer

  62. George says:

    Dear Sam,
    I read all your post and I have to admit it took me to the right track again, Like you I smoke pipe only, and in fact I have a collection of over 500 pipes from all over the world, but more of all I did over 1600 installations of EWTN in London and from Isle of White to Leeds and beyond .
    Thank you for all nice comments of how to be a gentleman with a lady and all others. I respect you for this, it is very nice done.
    Kip working and be strong.
    God bless you.

  63. Sandy says:

    I love your article on 6 ways to cultivate the Virtue of Humility. I am currently doing the Marian Consecration to Our Blessed Mother doing the Retreat 33 days to Morning Glory with Fr. Michael Gaitley.
    Thank you for your wonderful insight and inspiration.

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