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A Conversation with Dr. Taylor Marshall – Part 2

Today, we continue our conversation with author, professor, and Catholic gentleman extraordinaire, Dr. Taylor Marshall! If you missed Part 1, be sure to read it---he shares some compelling insights into manhood in the modern world (Did you know that if you don't shine your shoes, you're a scrub?). Dr. Taylor Marshall and his wife Joy have seven children and live...

A Conversation with Dr. Taylor Marshall – Part 1

UPDATE: Read Part 2 here! I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Taylor Marshall of the always fascinating blog, Canterbury Tales. Dr. Marshall is a true Catholic renaissance man and all-around gentleman. He is a college professor, PhD in Philosophy, hunter, fisherman, husband, father, author, speaker, homebrew aficionado, and, well, the list goes on. I think you'll enjoy the...

The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence

Previously, I've written about the importance of being a virtuous man, but it's difficult to pursue virtue if we don't first know what virtue is. Fortunately, Mother Church, building on the great thinkers of the ancient world, has outlined exactly which seven virtues we should pursue, and she has given us clear definitions of each. The first four virtues are called the cardinal virtues...

John Wayne: Cowboy, Legend, Convert to Catholicism

John Wayne was a true man's man. But did you know he was a convert to the Catholic faith? Apparently protestant Christianity wasn't manly enough for the Duke. Even better, his grandson is now a Catholic priest. When asked why he converted, he reportedly drawled, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do." Or something like that. John Wayne,...

Putting the Gentle in Gentleman

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength." - St. Francis de Sales If we're honest, most of us would have to admit that gentleness isn't high on the list of manly qualities we hope to possess. We want to be tough, we want to be strong, we want to be resilient---we want to be anything but...

Understanding The World Youth Day Indulgence

The media has been having a field day reporting on the Pope's issuance of a plenary indulgence to World Youth Day pilgrims---even if your pilgrimage consists of following the events of World Youth Day online. While it is amusing to watch the media try to figure out indulgences, I have to wonder how many Catholics understand them. Sadly, I would guess...

The Virtuous Man

Virtue isn't often associated with manliness these days. In fact, the exact opposite is true---many believe you aren't a real man unless you are a "bad boy" or a rebel. But this wasn't always the case. In fact, the virtue comes from the Latin word vir, meaning man. Virtue literally means manliness. In ancient times, philosophers like Aristotle encouraged men to cultivate virtue...

Welcome to the Catholic Gentleman

Welcome to the Catholic Gentleman, a blog for Catholic men. 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...