August 07, 2007

"The New Catholic Manliness"

I recommend the article of that name in the current online issue of Crisis magazine.
Click HERE for it.


Blogger spanishgrad said...

Yes! Bring back spirituality that has some teeth! Bring on confessors who challenge me to be holier! Bring on sermons that take us out of our comfortably sleepy zone and provoke us to learn about our faith and to "gird our loins with the armor of God"!

Okay, in my case this girding would require an iron bra in addition to the armored briefs, but as a woman who has always preferred sports and action movies to romantic comedies, give me the real, no-nonseness transcendant Catholicism I read about during my conversion. Please, get rid of this touchy-feely hippy "Jesus loves me" stuff--I converted to get away from that. Maybe I'm a female "DOT" (thanks to years of grad work in Medieval studies and spiritual lit), but it seems we've been ignoring our treasure of holy men of action, integrity, and strength for too long in favor of trying not to offend anyone. Go ahead, Father--offend me! Make me sit up and take notice of my spiritual laziness and sin and challenge me to do something about it.

5:18 PM  
Blogger gemoftheocean said...

Oh, geez, the author needs to get a grip. Guys who "analyze" their masculinity too much send the "Gaydar" needle off the chart. Reminds me of Kevin Kline in "In and Out" trying NOT to dance. (You might not get the reference, living in a monastery, but many of your readers will.)

If you have to ask....

Suffice it to say that I know/knew a lot of good priests who I doubt devoted two seconds to wondering whether or not they were "masculine" enough. I'd have been shocked if the thought even crossed their minds. Ditto many other good Catholic men who were not in religious life. Real MEN don't worry about strong women, either. And frankly, unless a guy is a professional football player, concerned about getting pounded into the mud if he doesn't do enough bench presses for the day, a guy who worries too much how buffed out he is is often perceived as "gay, gay, Liberace gay."


12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see a couple of recent blogposts of a similar theme - the first by Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP

and the second by Rich Leonardi


7:33 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

On your blog title: Did you consider "Run-a-monk?"

Good to see a blog by a monk; there aren't that many and we could use more. I really feel that the general public doesn't know enough about contemplative prayer.

11:20 AM  
Blogger tara said...

I love you, you love me, were a happy family--kids songs--ahhh!

It's time to grow-up. I'm with spanishgrad--give me an iron bra and some armored briefs--were in spiritual battle!

Give me a priest who bottom lines truth--when I'm spiritually lazy--wack me upside the back of the head--I need to get to Heaven, not be nambe-pambed sucking on a bottle of milk while descending into Hell!

8:39 PM  

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