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New Animated Short: G.K. Chesterton on Gratitude

August 4, 2015 • By

G.K. Chesterton was an English journalist, art critic, poet, dramatist, apologist for the Christian faith, and (some may say) the greatest thinker and writer of the 20th century. He had something to say about everything, and was generally right about it. That is not to say he was arrogant. Rather he was a man of supreme humility and joy. He often defended truth and openly debated his contemporaries, he never did so from anger, but always from a point of wonder and graciousness.

This small clip is from the EWTN show ‘The Apostle of Common Sense’. Hosted by Dale Ahlquist and produced by the American Chesterton Society, this 20-minute show is a perfect introduction to Chesterton and his writings. His wisdom is timeless, and your faith will only improve by listening and reading his words.

Did you know his book, Everlasting Man, was one of the main reasons C.S. Lewis converted to Christianity? It’s true! Take some time to learn more about this giant of the faith. Or simply start by reading some of his timeless quotes.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

July 29, 2015 • By


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.”


Just for fun

7 Saintly Reasons to have a Beard

June 30, 2015 • By


In choosing his first priests, Jesus chose men. It’s just as theologically important to point out that all of these men had beards. Did having a beard make these men more saintly? Maybe. Did it make their efforts to spread the Gospel that much more effective? It’s quite possible! The lesson here is never to argue with Jesus.

Seriously though, this post is all in good fun, and in no way do we look down upon any man who chooses to live beard-less. Nor do we think they will spend extra time in purgatory because of their naked chin (at least not that much).

In this post over at From the Friars, the good friars list out 7 (more) reasons why men should have beards.

There’s some fun stuff in this article, and lots of great quotes from past saints. Having an awesome beard isn’t a fad, but instead a time honored tradition dating back centuries.

In 198 AD St. Clement of Alexandria writes:

“For God wished women to be smooth, and rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane; but has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard…”

Click here to read “7 More Reasons Why Catholic Men Should Have Beards” on