This crisis is evidences itself in the way many Catholic men don't live responsibly as Godly men. Why? They've allowed themselves to be effeminized by the secular, materialistic, and consumerist culture in which they live. In turn, they've turned their back on what has the power to liberate them from this crisis: Church teaching--especially that concerning human sexuality.
The folks over at Ignatius Press have published a book that roots Catholic male spirituality in Scripture and Church teaching. The goal? To enable Catholic men to build a covenant relationship with God and the Cross of Jesus Christ. The book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality written by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, answers three important questions:
- What is authentic male Catholic spirituality?
- What distinguishes it from Protestant male spirituality?
- How does masculine spirituality complement feminine spirituality?
- accept God's invitation to life-giving communion through an ever-deepening revelation and discovery of God through a life of sacrifice and service that imitates Christ crucified;
- meditate on God's Word and respond to the Word in faith; and,
- through the Holy Spirit and the sacraments, live as a son of God and part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
The Motley Monk recommends that any Catholic man who wishes to grow as an authentic Catholic man and to live as one read Behold the Man. It will challenge him to grow as a Catholic and to make his life a spiritual gift to others. The book would also make an excellent Christmas gift for the Catholic men in your life: Husbands, grandfathers, and uncles, sons, grandsons, brothers, and nephews as well as friends, teachers, and coaches.
Also: Catholic men shouldn't forget to follow http://www.catholicgentleman.net/, an excellent website to keep focused upon what’s most important in life for Catholic men.
Let the discussion begin…