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Masculine Spirituality Thrives Best in Brotherhood

Masculine Spirituality Thrives Best in Brotherhood

Adult men often have a difficult time making friends. It’s easy to have passive relationships with coworkers, guys at the gym, or even at church, but intentional friendship takes work. This is true for both men and women, but my focus here will be particular to men.

Deep Connections Aren’t Accidental

Bl. Pier Giorgio and friends

It’s easy to feel like we’re interacting with people while never going beyond talking about sports, family activities, current events, or the weather. Even in a time when we are connected more through technology, we are connecting less in more personal ways. Loneliness is a real issue, and it happens at all stages of becoming and being an adult.

It doesn’t take much effort to maintain acquaintances and familiarity with people we see on a regular basis, but limiting all relationships to that level won’t bring fulfillment. It takes work, even sacrifices, to go deeper with the people in our life. Sadly, our jaded experiences can discourage us to invest so much into a relationship. It’s a risk when we’re unsure of the investment others are willing to give or if it’s going to work.

Friendship Goals

Friendship can still sound somewhat intangible, but there are some good ideas proposed about how to define friendship. Aristotle has a good explanation of how he separated friendship into 3 categories. In his philosophy, friendship requires these elements:

“To be friends therefore, men must (1) feel goodwill for each other, that is, wish each other’s good, and (2) be aware of each other’s goodwill, and (3) the cause of their goodwill must be one of the lovable qualities mentioned above” (Nicomachean Ethics)

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Get to Know Your Guardian Angel
Get to Know Your Guardian Angel

Get to Know Your Guardian Angel

The first week of October is one full of angels in the liturgical calendar and readings. read more

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Drink Like a Catholic – Part 2
Drink like a Catholic (at a bar)

Drink Like a Catholic – Part 2

Catholics sometimes have a bad reputation about drinking. read more

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Questions About Saint Miracles

Questions About Saint Miracles

I often get inspiration for my posts from questions I get from students in ministry or from friends that are just curious about various topics about the Catholic Christian faith. read more

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Questions About Vulgar Language

Questions About Vulgar Language

My latest post at Austin CNM focuses on the many ways in which we can affect people’s lives by our words. I go through the discussions I’ve had with people about vulgar language, and you might be surprised by some of the conclusions. read more

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My 10 Favorite Biblical Miracles Outside of Jesus

My 10 Favorite Biblical Miracles Outside of Jesus

Recently I gave a catechetical presentation to a group of high school students about miracles in the Bible. read more

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Was Jesus Right? Is the End Near?

Was Jesus Right? Is the End Near?

Sometimes death and the end of the world can be a scary subject, but I love to talk about them. My blog at Austin Catholic New Media looks at scripture and the most authoritative voice on the subject.

As we’ve all heard from a variety of sources, there was a surge of speculation that December 21, 2012 would be the end of the world. Even though this idea has been around for some years, it’s nothing new. I wrote about the last infamous day of May 21, 2011 last year, but we all know that the day came and went for most of us.

While the group that promoted the last one was relatively small, there was a larger population that believed that this day really could be the day. This is probably because it was associated with the Mayan calendar. They were able to do astronomy and math at a level centuries beyond the Europeans, and that was more credibility for some people. Although, even many descendants of the Mayans weren’t worried, because they knew it was only the end of the space on that calendar.

What about Jesus? What does our God have to say about the apocalypse?

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Humility and Embracing Persecution

Humility and Embracing Persecution

Christianity is not comfortable. In a blog post at Austin Catholic New Media, I tackle a difficult subject – Persecution.

Most of us would agree that rejection is never pleasant. As I look back on my life so far, I realized just how much effort I’ve put into looking for acceptance from the world. Sometimes it was as simple as which clothes I wore, the music I listened to, or what I drove. Other times it was the company I kept, the girls I dated, where I went to school, or what I did for a living.

As I look at my life today, it seems that the desire for earthly approval has not really become any easier.

We Christians don’t always like to talk about this, but we have to be honest with ourselves and our faith. Many times, I see parishes, ministries, and other organizations becoming so preoccupied with trying to show everyone how cool they are or how nice they can be, all in attempts to gain acceptance.

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Overcoming Failure in Evangelization

Overcoming Failure in Evangelization

There is nothing sadder than seeing someone turn away from Christianity, especially from the Catholic Church.

It breaks my heart every time. Even more so when they are friends or family.

It’s a God given right to choose not to follow Jesus, but that doesn’t mean it’s right.

“If there were no God, there would be no Atheist.”

-G.K. Chesterton

In His infinite Wisdom, God gave us complete freedom to choose to love Him or not. This is difficult. The hardest part is that Catholicism proposes the way to true fulfilment in life, but the cross doesn’t always appear like an attractive path towards happiness.

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