Catholic Men & Family Prayer

So, there’s a “man-crisis,” as they say, in the Catholic Church. Catholic men (particularly young Catholic men) are not attending Mass, pursuing a regular spiritual life, or taking much involvement in their children’s religious education. The men are not randomly MIA; there are some key reasons for the man-crisis. One of the reasons stems from a species…

Catholic Masculinity & the Domestic Church

While I was on the internet this afternoon, looking for good things to pin on this blog’s Catholic boards, I found something interesting. I discovered dozens of sites with hundreds of posts dedicated to affirming, aiding, and assisting Catholic men.   Catholic men—are there any left? In our times, there has been a massive erosion of…

The Music of the Catholic Church

Seemingly simplistic or rigidly anachronistic, perhaps, the simple truth is that the Church’s music is basically Gregorian Chant. (The other forms of truly sacred music, such as polyphony and reverent hymnody, have grown directly out of it and are therefore closely related to chant.) When you play a CD of chant, what you are hearing…

Queen of Heaven, Pray for Us in 2015

 As we begin the new Year of Grace, 2015, with the observation of the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, I want to let you know I will be keeping all of you dear readers in my prayers to the Queen of Heaven. I will especially be praying for the sanctification and salvation of…

Latin and the Catholics

In old Catholic churches, you can see Latin decorating the ceilings and walls, painted on stained glass windows, and carved into the marble of high altars and side altars. Obviously, Latin was important to the people of these times and places. But any of us who have lived all or most of our lives after…

Why YOU Should Be a Traditionalist

Some people think of so-called Traditionalists as grumpy, nerdy, elitist, conspiracy-theorists who want to imprison other Catholics in the dreaded Middle Ages. The term “Traditionalist” describes those Catholics that value the “smells and bells,” that is, the fullness of Catholicism expressed in teachings and morality, traditions and prayers, and in the celebration of the liturgy. It’s really not scary and weird like people think.