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[Listen] Don’t Take a Back Seat to Parenting

June 22, 2016 • By

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Those of us who are parents now grew up in a time when children’s television programming and children’s movies were filled with morals and principals. Nearly every show taught us (at least a little bit) what is good and what is evil. G.I. Joe is still brought up to this day in our pop culture because of its “Knowing is Half the Battle” moral messages that appeared at the end of each episode.

Nowadays its easy to think that our own kids are afforded the same quality programming we once were, but that is just not the case. The world has become crazy. Black and white moral truths that were once common sense have been replaced with a “do what you want” / “born this way” / “I’m ok, you’re ok” moral fluidity. We can’t fall into the trap of assuming the world is how our nostalgia remembers the past.

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WISDOM FROM THE RED BARN

June 13, 2016 • By

The guys over here at Prime-Cuts.org run a biannual men’s faith night called Meat and Greet. We made this video for our most recent event. In it we discuss what it means to be a man of Christ. Each member of the team share’s their opinions on how the world has failed them as men, and how being a follower of Christ has lead them to a greater version of themselves. As Pope Benedict said “This world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort you were made for GREATNESS.”

You will also a see a small snap-shot of what our “Catholic Men’s Nights” are all about. Hint: These aren’t your grandma’s bible studies.

For more information on Meat and Greet and getting some of this program into your church, contact Sam Todzia at redbarnministries.org

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Captain America, St. Thomas More, & the Spirit of Truth

May 16, 2016 • By

From the John Paul II Messenger Press comes this inspiring article combining two of my favorite things – comic book heroes and Catholicism. I wasn’t exposed to Captain America until the recent Marvel movies, but I quickly came to love him as a character. Here was a man who was a hero before he got his powers. Despite his weak and small stature, Steve Rogers new how to stand for the good and the true. The super serum merely amplified the heroic nature he already had and allowed him to make a bigger stand against the forces of evil.

In a blog post on Parishable Items, Captain America is compared with St. Thomas Moore and the early apostles as examples of the power men have when they are “rooted in the truth.”

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[Listen] Heroic Confidence

April 18, 2016 • By

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Fr. Mike Schmitz, chaplain for Newman Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is always a great source of spiritual inspiration and direction. His Sunday homilies, which he uploads as podcasts, are easy to digest while being incredibly thoughtful and substantive.

On this most recent Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Mike started a series of homilies focusing on what he calls Heroic Confidence. In this series, Fr. Mike puts forth the claim that many of us live and act with a sort of caution or timidity when it comes to the faith – as if we are afraid of living it to the fullest. But that is the opposite to how we should act! If we truly believe that Jesus rose from the dead, what do we have to fear?

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Fr. Mike Reviews Batman v Superman

April 8, 2016 • By

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Fr. Mike critiques Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He contends that the two heroes in the movie show off their great abilities, but they don’t show any nobility. The movie depicts Superman as a slacker and Batman as a bully. Fr. Mike asks if this is the kind of heroism we want to offer the youth? Or should we express how truth, justice and goodness are worth fighting for? Fr. Mike then proposes a backstory for the movie he would have found much more compelling.

Fr. Mike also points to the crisis of masculinity in our culture where young men are growing up and growing strong but do not know how to use their strength. Without a direct, a clearly defined purpose, and healthy father figures to show them the way, young men end up using their strengths for bad ends. Batman v Superman wastes a glorious opportunity to show how strength can be used for good. Heroes are people who know what the good is and choose it – who know what to do with their strengths.

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9 Things a Grown Man Can Learn from the Hardy Boys

April 6, 2016 • By

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Art of Manliness has once again proven itself to be an unwavering resource for the man seeking self-improvement. This time, Bret & Kate McKay draw inspiration from classic childhood adventure series – the Hardy Boys!

There isn’t a boy alive who wouldn’t want to spend their free time on a risky adventure, facing danger and solving mysteries. It’s what all boys (and men) dream about! Now a grown man and a father, Brett explains that he re-read the first 6 books in the series and was blown away by how much these stories can teach grown men about resourcefulness, education, becoming morally, mentally and physically fit, and a host of other skills. Take a look, I’m sure you’ll be inspired to re-read these books yourself, and take up a new skill or three.

Click here to read “9 Things a Grown Man Can Learn from the Hardy Boys” from the Art of Manliness.

 

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Helping Out: Haiti180

April 5, 2016 • By

Haiti180 is a charitable organization whose goal is to help the needy in Haiti.  Since 2002 they have been working hard to bring much needed support to the villages of Duverger and Danndan which are approximately 80 miles west of Port au Prince. Since their founding, the good people at Haiti180 have built and run an orphanage, a chapel, a school, and a home for the elderly.

The are process of constructing a medical clinic. You can imagine how necessary this must be. Or maybe you can’t. Check out this video from Haiti180 founder, president, and Prime-Cuts buddy Sean Forrest. Afterwards, head over to their Go Fund Me page and show your support.

From the Haiti180 website: James 1:27 reminds us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” It is in responding to this call that Haiti180 is moving into action.

 

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17 Things to do on a Sunday

February 26, 2016 • By

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Being completely honest, sometimes I need to be reminded how to have fun. It’s true! Since we are only given two days off a week let’s take advantage of it instead of just watching Netflix or surfing the net. Art of Manliness has a great (and quick) list of other things you can do on Sundays (or Saturdays!) to make the most use of the miracle that is the weekend. Take a look. Maybe you can do one or two this weekend.

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[Podcast] Raising Rebels in a Pagan World

February 26, 2016 • By

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Steve Ray is a regular contributor on Catholic Answers Radio and Catholic.com. Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world. He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News.

In his latest appearance on Catholic Answers Radio, Steve discusses the importance of raising our children with the necessary skills to remain Catholic in today’s culture. Steve explains that despite the christian roots of our country’s founding our current culture is unarguably pagan. Through a series of personal anecdotes from his own role as a father of four, he shares many tips about raising kids who can withstand the temptations, distortions, and traps of the modern world.