THE CATHOLIC MAN SHOW

Holy Strategies for the New Year

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Holy Strategies from The Catholic Man Show As we move into this new year, we must make a precedent. This is not a mere “New Year’s Resolution” but rather a strategic and decisive plan to overcome the world, the spirit of this world, and yourself by weapons given to us by Holy Mother Church as…

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Book Review: St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton

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Book Review: Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton             Was your first encounter with St. Francis of Assisi like mine? That is, seeing a statue of an animal-loving monk in a garden or for sale at a home and garden store. Maybe he was depicted in stone or wood, maybe he was a statue…

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What Should I Get My Family for Christmas? A Guide for Catholic Men

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There are some really good Christmas guides out there on what to get men for Christmas. The Catholic Gentleman always puts out a strong list. Dr. Taylor Marshall has a great Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Men as well. When it comes to shopping, I tend to know what I want to go for it…

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Wedding Feast of Cana

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Do Whatever He Tells You This morning as I was reflecting on the story of the Wedding Feast of Cana, the second Luminous Mystery, 3 things struck me from Christ’ first miracle that helped me in search for a meaningful Advent spiritual exercise. The need to surrender First is the hopeless predicament of the bride…

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Book Review: Eucharistic Meditations from St. John Vianney

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Eucharistic Mediations About a year ago I was struggling to keep my focus during adoration and honestly that is something I continue to battle; however, thanks to fellow Council of Man member Mike Hans I have been able to use this book he recommended to help me reorient my thoughts during adoration. I think if…

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German Volume Training

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German Theological Training and German Volume Training I am the first person who wishes for a quick fix.  If I can honestly speak, I would say that crying babies are at the top of my list, closely followed by a quick fix for stubborn stomach fat.  And yet, in my previous blog post asserts, Building…

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The Catholic Paradox of a “Normal Saint”

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“Normal Saints”-yet another Catholic Paradox The Catholic Church loves paradoxes.  The source and summit of the faith, the ultimate paradox of the Eucharist, can be summed up well in this: “What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself…

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TCMS Book Review: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

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Book Review: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool  In recent years I have heard Steve Ray recall fondly how his father would read books to him each night. In addition, last year I remember Raymond Arroyo talking about his books and the importance of engaging children’s minds in stories that are not only full of adventure…

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Vocal, Meditative, and Contemplative Prayer: What’s the difference?

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Levels of Prayer “…pray, and never give up praying. If you pray, you will be certainly saved; if you do not pray, you will be certainly damned.” –  St. Alphonsus De Liguori’s Conclusion to a Short Treatise on Prayer Masters of communication with God are those who in a constant state of prayer. However, ‘a…

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Virtue of Reverence

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The Virtue of Reverence Every good and holy gift is certainly given from above. There are many gifts and graces our Triune God dispenses upon His children but unfortunately not all gladly receive. In order that we may better ourselves, we must first take into account God’s constant promptings for our sanctification. But Our Lord…

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