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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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You can do it: Saying Grace before meals

August 7, 2015 • By

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It can be a challenge to say grace before meals in public – or even in private with your family – but this is a great habit to get into. Your relationship with God is more important than what other people think of you. Besides, crossing yourself and praying in the middle of a Five Guys is a great witness!

Grace doesn’t have to be just about food. The more we realize how much God loves us, the more we should be thankful to God for everything that we have and do (which is exactly the point of our latest Chesterton cartoon!)

So I challenge you today. Say grace before eating. Eating with friends? Invite them to say grace as well. What’s the worst that can happen? It’s ok if they decline.

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Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

July 29, 2015 • By

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Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

This is a prayer worth memorizing. Fathers and husbands should be especially on guard against the spiritual battles going on in our homes. Our jobs are to get our wives and children to heaven, and we must bless them and pray for their protection always.

Fun Facts: This prayer written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and used to be said at the end of every Mass. That obligation has since been removed, but Catholics are still encouraged to pray it regularly on their own. In his Regina Caeli Address on Sunday 24 April 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended its use, saying:

“May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: ‘Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the last century, he brought in, throughout the Church, a special prayer to St Michael: ‘Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil…’ Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”

 

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Forging a Better You Through Prayer

July 21, 2015 • By

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Prayer is the most important thing a man can do, but many men who desire to pray struggle to create a structured prayer time. The Prayer Process as described in The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic is one of the best ways to start a prayer life. This simple exercise, that can take as little as 10 minutes, will have you on the right track to forging that better version of yourself. And why do we want that? Because that’s what becoming more holy is all about – becoming the man, father, brother, husband, and son we were created to be.

Check out these excerpts from Matthew Kelly’s The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, and give the Prayer Process a shot today.

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Prayer of St. Joseph the Worker

June 10, 2015 • By

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A great prayer for every work day, but especially the hard ones.

God, the creator of all things, who formed the law of labor for the human race, graciously grant that by merits and patronage of St. Joseph, we may do the work You assign us and earn the reward You promise. Through our Lord, Jesus. Lord God, You have created all things, and imposed on man the necessity of work. Grant that, following Joseph’s example, and under his protection, we may accomplish the works You give us and obtain the rewards You promise. This we ask through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.