Show listeners know that we’ve been out for a couple of weeks while the Tactical Catholic Podcast was on break. Everyone is refreshed and ready to get back at it. In fact, we recorded episode 031 Wednesday night with our special guest George Boggs. Together we discussed faith and science, and it was a lot of fun. George will be back to the show in the future, I guarantee it.
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This is what we need to resolve to do: grow in virtue. My challenge to all of you Catholic dudes (and dudettes, and non-Catholics of all flavors) is to read this section from the Catechism and start working out with virtue development.
By the way, I pasted the header info as well. Notice where these virtue paragraphs are located. This, my friends, is important Christian life . Hit it!
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE: MAN’S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER ONE: THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
ARTICLE 7: THE VIRTUES
1803 “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
I. THE HUMAN VIRTUES
1804 Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.
The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.
The cardinal virtues
1805 Four virtues play a pivotal role and accordingly are called “cardinal”; all the others are grouped around them. They are: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. “If anyone loves righteousness, [Wisdom’s] labors are virtues; for she teaches temperance and prudence, justice, and courage.” These virtues are praised under other names in many passages of Scripture.
1806 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; “the prudent man looks where he is going.” “Keep sane and sober for your prayers.” Prudence is “right reason in action,” writes St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle. It is not to be confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.
1807 Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the “virtue of religion.” Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor. “You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.”
1808 Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. “The Lord is my strength and my song.” “In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
1809 Temperance is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable. The temperate person directs the sensitive appetites toward what is good and maintains a healthy discretion: “Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the desires of your heart.” Temperance is often praised in the Old Testament: “Do not follow your base desires, but restrain your appetites.” In the New Testament it is called “moderation” or “sobriety.” We ought “to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world.”
To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence).
The virtues and grace
1810 Human virtues acquired by education, by deliberate acts and by a perseverance ever-renewed in repeated efforts are purified and elevated by divine grace. With God’s help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good. The virtuous man is happy to practice them.
1811 It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Christ’s gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and shun evil.
I was reading an old article found by Brett McKay over at Art of Manliness called “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day”. The piece opened my eyes to the premise that each of us only gets 24 hours, regardless of how we spend it. The challenge, therefore, is making the most of our time.
One recommended tactic for you, my friend, is to start each day by focusing on a topic for at least 30 minutes. The topic can vary day to day, but several days should be mapped out so you aren’t guessing each day. This exercise is about focus after all. The result of daily focus work is greater alertness during the day, which could save your life. This works, so it gets the Tactical Catholic Thumbs Up.
Some men pick a topic they wish to learn, or a skill, and focus on learning it. Here is a morning suggestion for you.
Mysteries of the Rosary. Today happens to be Thursday, so give yourself 30 minutes to concentrate on the 5 vignettes of today’s mysteries.
The Baptism in the Jordan
The Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Institution of the Eucharist
The daily topics after that are up to you. This works, guys. Do it!
In Episode 009, we will lift the veil of mystery surrounding the RCIA.
- What is RCIA?
- What is it not?
- How should a parish run their RCIA?
- How does someone join the Catholic Church?
- Who came up with the RCIA acronym?
Tonight, join us as we talk about the RCIA, the absurdity of relativism, how we can help our friends into the Catholic Church, and how real evangelization works. It all starts LIVE at 9pm central time at Fiat Ministry Network.
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Tonight on the Tactical Catholic Podcast, we will talk about the wonders of Catholic Marriage and Vocation. Whether you are called to the Sacrament of Matrimony, are currently married, or are discerning a call to live as a single person in this world tonight’s show is for you. Tonight on the podcast, join us and share your stories, comments and questions.
- How did you meet your spouse?
- How did you know you were called to the Vocation of Matrimony?
- What are some things you do as a couple that help strengthen your marriage?
- What are some ways single persons can discern marriage vs. a call to the single life or a call to Religious life?
- Where can you go to find a good spouse?
- What if one spouse is strong in the faith and the other is not?
- Welcoming children
- Embracing the single life
I have a whole list of things we can talk about, but what will make the show special is for YOU to interact. Send your comments and questions to the show by posting a comment below this article. Tell us what’s on your mind or ask us a question.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight LIVE at 9pm central. http://www.fiatministrynetwork.tv.
Wednesday at 9pm central (10eastern) The Tactical Catholic Podcast kicks off episode 005, “The Tactical Catholic Prepper”, and we are looking forward to a fun show. As always, we welcome all of you to please join us live at www.fiatministrynetwork.tv. You can chat with us live during the show via our chatwing app. You can call in and speak with us live. You might just choose to watch the live stream without saying a word. Any way you choose to participate is fine with us.
- So Catholic Preppers, eh? How does that work?
- Well, are you a tea party patriot?
- Don’t you believe in the 2nd amendment?
- What about the shadow government?
- How many months of food do you have stockpiled?
- How’s your ammunition situation?
- Do you like freeze dried meat?
- What water purification methods do you prefer?
- How short should a man’s hair be if he really loves Jesus?
Will I answer any of these questions? Maybe. Will I end up about Doomsday Preppers or folkstyle wrestling? Two things will influence the answers to those last two questions: your participation and my mood. Seriously, friends. I’ve got a whole list of things I want to discuss, but I won’t want to just sit and do all the talking.
If you don’t want to call in live or chat, send us a question. Use the contact form here at Tactical Catholic and we’ll include your questions on the show. If they don’t make Wednesday, they’ll make a future show.
Here are my questions for you. Answer any you like.
- What sort of things do you prepare for?
- How do you go about preparing for them?
- What do you think about the people labeled as “preppers”?
- Do you consider yourself a prepper? Why or why not?
UPDATE: Leave your comments below. I want a shipload of answers tonight! Catholic, Protestant, Sasquatch, Alien, crazy, sane, all answers invited.
Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 002 is now on YouTube and ready for download on iTunes.
Catholics understand that we are all called to holiness. That is why it is called the Universal Call. This call to “be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect” applies to you whether you are Catholic, Protestant, agnostic, atheist, white, black, slave, free, man, woman, boy, or girl.
And since we know these words (Mt 5:48) come from Jesus, who is the Christ, we know they are trustworthy. So now what?
Now you could do what many do and convince yourself that God only winks at justice and that He overlooks your iniquities. Problem is that our God is a consuming fire. He is purity. Sin, even ignored sin, has no place in his presence. God is truth and justice. He cannot pretend.
Well then we can believe that God has set a standard that is impossible. That wpuld reduce Christ to an arrogant prick who is not trustworthy. Jesus does not command his followers to do what is impossible.
Jesus knows that in Him we are made righteous. Romans 6 reminds us that we have been born anew and are dead to the life of sin. If God has said you are clean, you are clean. This ontological change is wrought by Christ Himself, infusing you with His very life. What remains is for you to abide in Him.
Men, God has given us every possible grace so that we can live in Him and free from sin. It is hard work to strive against sin and temptation. The easy way is to give in. After all, isn’t everybody else giving in? The true fight is to stick it out like a man. “Submit, therefore to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee.” Why, because you are a badass? No, because the life of Christ in you is connecting you to the fullness of the Holy Trinity. God wins. Stick with Him and don’t strike out on your own.
Why this rant? Because I know how fickle we can be. I know how often we look at men getting away with things. We say, at least I am better than that guy. It doesn’t matter. God’s perfection is the standard. Best you and I get in gear and follow Him instead.
I have this dog, a yorkshire terrier, and in man years he is in his 30s as I am. He spends most of his day laying around and searching for cheese, which must be a superfood for him because he goes nuts over it. So sleeping, eating, cuddling with my kids is pretty much his day.
A knock at the door or a doorbell ring happens (even on tv) and this lazy bum jumps up and starts this growling, barking jag that will not end. If someone is actually at the door, he will strain to “attack” the intruder. He is a protector, a hero, a ……
The visitor reaches to pet him, and he runs away fast as lightning.
….a little coward.
The dog is all talk, all bark and no bite. When it comes to action, he is practically useless. This barking mad beast has no balls. I wonder if the same could be said about you or me.
Do you bark online about every political issue, or rail against the practices and beliefs of the unorthodox? When challenged do you ignore replies and cease posting till things cool off?
Do you decry sin and wickedness on facebook? Then do you shrink back when someone attempts to contradict or attack your position?
Do you talk with your network of friends about how awful is your parish, diocese, priest, or bishop? Then do you do nothing to make things better or seek answers?
No balls, dude. You are a neutered yorkie. Time to grow a set.
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. – 1 Cor 16:13-14
To be a man means to be strong and to love. It means being courageous by acting rightly even when afraid. As Catholic men, we have been called to lead, not in mere words, but in all that we do. We are called to act. Love and truth cost something, else they are empty words.
You are preaching by your actions (and inactions) whether you realize it or not. Others are watching. They see how you flee or stand, how you love or are indifferent. The time of posturing is over. The time for demonstrating our love and fidelity is now. In a time when people by the thousands are being exiled, tortured, and slaughtered for their faith in Christ, we Catholic men have NO EXCUSES for choosing cowardice. It is not an acceptable option.
Let us pray for the truly persecuted, and let us pray for each other. Let us stand strong and courageous. Let us demonstrate true love and true faith. God has given us the grace we need through His Sacraments. Now get out there.
I have been talking to my friends at Fiat Ministry Network. I had originally been scheduled to appear as a network guest Sunday night, but I failed to notice a prir engagement. Lesson, guys, check the family calendar first.
So my network appearance has been pushed back a bit. That’s alright, because it gives me more time to put together what I am planning to do media-wise. A podcast/vidstream is in the works. Thanks to everyone who has been patiently answering my questions regarding equipment and software.
What does this mean for you?
My main objective is to reach, engage, and challenge Catholic men to discover the wonder of their faith, especially as it pertains to being a man, husband, father, and friend. It will take involvement from you to make this work. Here is what I need.
- Prayers. I gotta have them. More than me, pray for the guys that network here or even just stumble upon the site.
- Interaction. The more we can communicate on the web, the stronger our ability to reach more of the web. Comment on the site. Follow us on Twitter (@manlycathoics). Link to us. Talk about us. Talk to us.
- Share information. I need good content. Any article you share here can link to your site. It is your content with your name. If you want anonymity, we can do that too. Leave a comment and I will reach out to you.
The more interactive the better. Give me your ideas. I like skype, hangouts, twitter, whatever helps us help each other.
Keep spreading the word guys.