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The Catholic Man Show - Discernment of Spirits – Part 2

The Catholic Man Show - Discernment of Spirits – Part 2

January 15, 2021

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Picking back up from last week’s conversation on Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher’s book, The Discernment of Spirits.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne 

Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.

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Eighth Rule

Let one who is in desolation work to be in patience, which is contrary to the vexations which come to him, and let him think that he will soon be consoled, diligently using the means against such desolation, as is said in the sixth rule.

Ninth Rule

There are three principal causes for which we find ourselves desolate. The first is because we are tepid, slothful, or negligent in our spiritual exercises, and so through our faults spiritual consolation withdraws from us. The second, to try us and see how much we are and how much we extend ourselves in his service and praise without so much payment of consolations and increased graces. The third, to give us true recognition and understanding so that we may interiorly feel that it is not ours to attain or maintain increased devotion, intense love, tears or any other spiritual consolation, but that all is the gift and grace of God our Lord, and so that we may not build a nest in something belonging to another, raising our mind in some pride or vainglory, attributing to ourselves the devotion or the other parts of the spiritual consolation.

Tenth Rule

Let the one who is in consolation think how he will conduct himself in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for that time.

Eleventh Rule

Let one who is consoled seek to humble himself and lower himself as much as he can, thinking of how little he is capable in the time of desolation without such grace or consolation. On the contrary, let one who is in desolation think that he can do much with God’s sufficient grace to resist all his enemies, taking strength in his Creator and Lord.

Twelfth Rule

The enemy acts like a woman in being weak when faced with strength and strong when faced with weakness. For, as it is proper to a woman, when she is fighting with some man, to lose heart and to flee when the man confronts her firmly, and, on the contrary, if the man begins to flee, losing heart, the anger, vengeance and ferocity of the woman grow greatly and know no bounds, in the same way, it is proper to the enemy to weaken and lose heart, fleeing and ceasing his temptations when the person who is exercising himself in spiritual things confronts the temptations of the enemy firmly, doing what is diametrically opposed to them; and, on the contrary, if the person who is exercising himself begins to be afraid and lose heart in suffering the temptations, there is no beast so fierce on the face of the earth as the enemy of human nature in following out his damnable intention with such growing malice.

Thirteenth Rule

Likewise he conducts himself as a false lover in wishing to remain secret and not be revealed. For a dissolute man who, speaking with evil intention, makes dishonorable advances to a daughter of a good father or to a wife of a good husband, wishes his words and persuasions to be secret, and the contrary displeases him very much, when the daughter reveals to her father or the wife to her husband his false words and depraved intention, because he easily perceives that he will not be able to succeed with the undertaking begun. In the same way, when the enemy of human nature brings his wiles and persuasions to the just soul, he wishes and desires that they be received and kept in secret; but when one reveals them to one’s good confessor or to another spiritual person, who knows his deceits and malicious designs, it weighs on him very much, because he perceives that he will not be able to succeed with the malicious undertaking he has begun, since his manifest deceits have been revealed.

Fourteenth Rule

Likewise he conducts himself as a leader, intent upon conquering and robbing what he desires. For, just as a captain and leader of an army in the field, pitching his camp and exploring the fortifications and defenses of a stronghold, attacks it at the weakest point, in the same way the enemy of human nature, roving about, looks in turn at all our theological, cardinal, and moral virtues; and where he finds us weakest and most in need for our eternal salvation, there he attacks us and attempts to take us.

The Catholic Man Show - Discernment of Spirits – Part One

The Catholic Man Show - Discernment of Spirits – Part One

January 8, 2021

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This week we pull from Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher, The Discernment of Spirits, to discuss spiritual peaks and valleys and when to make decisions and when not to.

About our drink:

Garrison Brothers Bourbon

Subtle nose of golden delicious apple-meat and honey. Sweet floral verbena, fresh cut grass, saddle leather, cinnamon and honey. Springtime flavors of honeysuckle and orange candy, yellow pound cake, baking spices, lemon gumdrops, and sugar cookies. Long and engrossing finish. Complex. Smoky county fair caramel apple sprinkled with walnuts and cinnamon.

We found this bourbon to be complex and delicious. Worth the price point.

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The book: The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living

St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of all time, yet many readers find his Rules for Discernment hard to understand. What can Ignatius teach us about the discernment of spirits that lies at the very heart of Christian life? In The Discernment of Spirits, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, a talented teacher, retreat leader, and scholar, helps us understand the Rules and how their insights are essential for our spiritual growth today. By integrating the Rules and the experience of contemporary people, Gallagher shows the precision, clarity, and insight of Ignatius’s Rules, as well as the relevance of his thought for spiritual life today. When we learn to read Ignatius correctly, we discover in his remarkable words our own struggles, joys, and triumphs. This book is for all who desire greater awareness of God’s action in their daily spiritual lives, and is essential reading for retreat directors, spiritual directors, priests, and counselors.

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First Rule

In persons who are going from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is ordinarily accustomed to propose apparent pleasures to them, leading them to imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses a contrary method, stinging and biting their consciences through their rational power of moral judgment.

Second Rule

In persons who are going on intensely purifying their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our Lord, the method is contrary to that in the first rule. For then it is proper to the evil spirit to bite, sadden, and place obstaclesdisquieting with false reasons, so that the person may not go forward. And it is proper to the good spirit to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations, and quiet, easing and taking away all obstacles, so that the person may go forward in doing good.

Third Rule

The third is of spiritual consolation. I call it consolation when some interior movement is caused in the soul, through which the soul comes to be inflamed with love of its creator and Lord, and, consequently when it can love no created thing on the face of the earth in itself, but only in the Creator of them all. Likewise when it sheds tears that move to love of its Lord, whether out of sorrow for one’s sins, or for the passion of Christ our Lord, or because of other things directly ordered to His service and praise. Finally, I call consolation every increase of hope, faith, and charity, and all interior joy that calls and attracts to heavenly things and to the salvation of one’s soul, quieting it and giving it peace in its Creator and Lord.

Fourth Rule

The fourth rule is of spiritual desolation. I call desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to low and earthly things, disquiet from various agitations and temptations, moving to lack of confidence, without hope, without love, finding oneself totally slothful, tepid, sad and, as if separated from one’s Creator and Lord. For just as consolation is contrary to desolation, in the same way the thoughts that come from consolation are contrary to the thoughts that come from desolation.

Fifth Rule

In time of desolation never make a change, but be firm and constant in the proposals and determinations in which one was the day preceding such desolation, or in the determination in which one was in the preceding consolation. Because, as in consolation the good spirit guides and counsels us more, so in desolation the bad spirit, with whose counsels we cannot find the way to a right decision.

Sixth Rule

Although in desolation we should not change our first proposals, it is very advantageous to change ourselves intensely against the desolation itself, as by insisting more upon prayer, meditation, upon much examination, and upon extending ourselves in some suitable way of doing penance.

Seventh Rule

Let one who is in desolation consider how the Lord has left him in trial in his natural powers, so that he may resist the various agitations and temptations of the enemy; since he can resist with the divine help which always remains with him, though he does not clearly feel it; for the Lord has taken away from him his great fervor, abundant love, and intense grace, leaving him, however, sufficient grace for eternal salvation.

The Catholic Man Show - Eucharistic Miracles with Angelo Libutti

The Catholic Man Show - Eucharistic Miracles with Angelo Libutti

January 1, 2021

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Chatting with Angelo Libutti on the new Eucharistic Miracles he is directing

About our drink:

2020 Niles Krupnik

Krupnik is a traditional sweet alcoholic drink similar to a liqueur, based on grain spirit and honey, popular in Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. Each year the Niles men get together to make their own batch.

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pyx (Latinpyxis, transliteration of Greekπυξίς, boxwood receptacle, from πύξος, box tree) is a small round container used in the CatholicOld Catholic and Anglican Churches to carry the consecrated host (Eucharist), to the sick or those who are otherwise unable to come to a church in order to receive Holy Communion. The term can also be used in archaeology and art history to describe small, round lidded boxes designed for any purpose from antiquity or the Middle Ages, such as those used to hold coins for the Trial of the Pyx in England.

About the Topic:

Eucharistic Miracles happen every day yet we don’t take the chance to talk about them to others. This week we talk to Angelo Libutti who is directing a movie about Eucharistic Miracles. Learn more about the project here.

The Catholic Man Show - Ways of Mental Prayer

The Catholic Man Show - Ways of Mental Prayer

January 1, 2021

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Ways of Mental Prayer

About our drink:

GlenAllachie 12

The flagship in GlenAllachie’s new core range, released in July 2018. Matured in a mixture of virgin oak, oloroso sherry and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, this has sweet flavours of honey, marzipan, bananas and butterscotch.

The GlenAllachie Distillery sits on the Aberlour stream near where it empties into the River Spey. It was built there — less than a mile from the more famous Aberlour Distillery at the base of Ben Rinnes — in 1967 to produce Spirit for Scotch blends. It has been purchased, sold, mothballed, and opened again no fewer than four times since then.

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Books that helped in our prayer life:

Adam’s: The Ways of Mental Prayer and Introduction to the Devout Life

David’s: Dark Night of the Soul and Discernment of Spirits 

Jim’s and Juan’s: Consecration to St. Joseph

About the Topic:

Everyone wants to have a better prayer life. Vocal prayer seems to come naturally for most, but mental prayer isn’t as easy and at times can be intimidating on how to begin. This week we pull from a book by Fr. Vital Lehodey called, “The Ways of Mental Prayer”. This book, with an introductory letter from Pope St. Pius X, gives us a manual on how to engage in mental prayer, which is an elevation of the soul to God, to adore him, to thank him, to beg pardon, and ask for graces.

Dom Vital Lehodey was the fourth abbot of the Trappist monastery of Notre-Dame-de-Grace in Bricquebec, Normandy, France. In THE WAYS OF MENTAL PRAYER, he offers a systematic presentation of the teachings on contemplative prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis of Sales, St. Alphonsus of Liguori, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and many more. Part One introduces the reader to contemplative or “mental” prayer. Part Two gives instructions for discursive meditation, affective prayer, and the prayer of simplicity. “As time goes on,” writes the author, “and we make progress, we shall feel drawn to a more simple form of prayer, in which the mind begins to be silent in order to let the heart speak.” Part Three describes the mystical states of quiet and union, and gives practical advice for those graced with these higher forms of prayer.

The Catholic Man Show - Intro to the 5 ways with Karlo Broussard

The Catholic Man Show - Intro to the 5 ways with Karlo Broussard

December 24, 2020

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Karlo Broussard, Catholic Answers speaker, apologist, and author, joins us to give us a brief summary of the 5 ways in preparation for the course we are launching in January

About our drink:

Glenmorangie Malaga 12 years got a finishing maturation in Malaga wine casks.

The Glenmorangie Malaga was aged for 12 years after its distillation on February 18, 2008 (yes, the Moet Hennessy press release actually states the exact date of distillation), starting in ex-bourbon barrels for eight years. For the finishing maturation, Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of DistillingWhisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, chose casks that previously contained Malaga Dulce, a Malaga wine with a high residual sugar content. In these ex-Malaga casks, the whisky spent another four years, following the high Glenmorangie standards of extra maturation.

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We give a sneak peek what our course we will be launching with Karlo Broussard starting January 4th for our patrons. This 9 lesson course will break down St. Thomas Aquinas’s 5 ways for the proof of the existence of God with handouts that will be made available. Sign up today to get access on January 4th, 2021.

The Catholic Man Show - How to Advent as a Man

The Catholic Man Show - How to Advent as a Man

December 11, 2020

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Advent can be a tough season to live out. Adam and Dave talk about the good and bad things they do during Advent.

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Glenmorangie – Tale of Cake

Nose: Lemon curd, vanilla, tropical fruits, honeycomb, pears. After water, patisserie cream, toasted bread, butter.

Palate: Creamy and sweet. Almond, honey, orange, stone fruits.

Finish: Short to medium-long, nutty, honey and white peppers

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Christmas Lights

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What do you do internally and externally during the season of Advent? Adam and Dave talk about different things they do personally and together as families in this week’s episode.

The Catholic Man Show - 3 Things to be Avoided by Parents

The Catholic Man Show - 3 Things to be Avoided by Parents

December 4, 2020

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3 Things to be Avoided by Parents according to the Catechism of the Council of Trent

About our drink:

Rabbit Hole Dareringer

Rabbit Hole Dareringer is aged in traditional American Oak barrels with an entry proof of 115. The aged bourbon is then moved to a Pedro Ximenz Sherry Cask for finishing. The mash bill on this particular expression is 68% corn, 18% wheat, and 14% malted barley. According to Rabbit Hole, Dareringer  is a small batch release made up of no more than 15 barrels. This Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bottled at 93 proof, has no official age statement, and carries an MSRP of $80.

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More of an action this week than a gear. Build up the Advent season by taking your children out caroling!

About the Topic:

Straight from the Catechism of the Council of Trent:

Three Things to be Avoided by Parents He should also admonish them to guard particularly against three things, in which they but too often transgress. In the first place, they are not by words or actions to exercise too much harshness towards their children. This is the instruction of St. Paul in his Epistle to the Colossians: “Fathers, he says, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. For there is danger that the spirit of the child may be broken, and he become abject and fearful of everything.” (Col. 3.21) Hence (the pastor) should 424 require parents to avoid too much severity and to choose rather to correct their children than to revenge themselves upon them. Should a fault be committed which requires reproof and chastisement, the parent should not, on the other hand, by undue indulgence, overlook its correction. Children are often spoiled by too much lenience and indulgence on the part of their parents. The pastor, therefore, should deter from such excessive mildness by the warning example of Heli, the high priest, who, on account of overindulgence to his sons, was visited with the heaviest chastisements. Finally, to avoid what is most shameful in the instruction and education of children, let them not propose to themselves aims that are unworthy. Many there are whose sole concern is to leave their children wealth, riches and an ample and splendid fortune; who encourage them not to piety and religion, or to honorable employment, but to avarice, and an increase of wealth, and who, provided their children are rich and wealthy, are regardless of their good name and eternal salvation. Can anything more shameful be thought or expressed? Of such parents it is true to say, that instead of bequeathing wealth to their children, they leave them rather their own wickedness and crimes for an inheritance; and instead of conducting them to Heaven, lead them to the eternal torments of Hell. The priest, therefore, should impress on the minds of parents salutary principles and should exhort them to imitate the virtuous example of Tobias, that having properly trained up their children to the service of God and to holiness of life, they may, in turn, experience at their hands abundant fruit of filial affection, respect and obedience.

The Catholic Man Show - When, Where, and Why of the Incarnation

The Catholic Man Show - When, Where, and Why of the Incarnation

November 27, 2020

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Why did the Incarnation happen when it did? Dr. Richard Meloche, President of the Alcuin Institute, joins us to discuss this and the Regensburg Address

About our drink:

Midnight Ritual

Fans of Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer will be able to enjoy the iconic ale like never before:  as a whiskey. The collaboration with Iowa-based Foundry Distilling Co. turns nascent Unfiltered Wheat into 89 proof Midnight Ritual, an American malt whiskey.

Prior to fermentation, Unfiltered Wheat traveled by tanker from Boulevard’s Kansas City brewery to historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines, Iowa, home of Foundry Distilling Company. After distillation in Foundry’s towering column still and a slumber of more than two years in new 30-gallon #3 charred oak barrels, Midnight Ritual entices with notes of caramel, banana bread, and allspice.

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About the Topic:

We take a unique reflection on the Incarnation with our guest, Dr. Ricahrd Meloche. We ask why Christ was born during the time period he was and what the significance of this. We look at Pope Benedict’s Regensburg lecture while enjoying a sip of whiskey and puffing on a pipe.

About The Alcuin Institute:

Officially launched on Oct. 7, 2018—the feast day of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary – the Alcuin Institute is an educational and cultural institute that oversees the formation of Catholic leaders and educators throughout the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma.

The Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture seeks to cultivate in the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma forgotten, and often forbidden, realities—such as virtue, chivalry, valor, self-denial, a fondness for things of the past, and the real mirth found in friendship in order that truth, goodness, and beauty may prevail. In doing so we hope to become a bastion for authentic Catholic culture.

www.alcuininstitute.org

The Catholic Man Show - Abuse of Language – Abuse of Power

The Catholic Man Show - Abuse of Language – Abuse of Power

November 20, 2020

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Josef Pieper’s essay on, “Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power” – Let’s discuss!

About our drink:

Ardbeg “BlaaacK”

Ardbeg Blaaack is the feisty Limited Edition bottled in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Ardbeg Committee, founded in the year 2000.

To mark such a momentous occasion, the Distillery vowed that the casks used to honour their global flock would be right on the nose. For the first time in Ardbeg’s history, they rounded up Pinot Noir casks from the country that lies the furthest distance from Islay – New Zealand, that other remote island nation where sheep have been known to outnumber the locals by 7:1.

Ardbeg Blaaack knits together velvety summer fruit pudding and bitter cherry, with a deeper edge of soot and Ardbeg’s hallmark smoke.

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Air Compressors

Whether you’re a contractor, heavy-duty mechanic, automotive technician, or serious hobbyist, you need an air compressor that can keep up. Check out this jam-packed compressor buying guide and learn more about what to look for in your next air compressor.

About the Topic:

Words matter and serve a purpose. This week we look into Josef Pieper’s essay. Can a lie be communication? What is flattery? Let’s talk about language and its uses.

The Catholic Man Show - Harvesting a Lamb with Brandon Sheard

The Catholic Man Show - Harvesting a Lamb with Brandon Sheard

November 13, 2020

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We welcome back Brandon Sheard from Farmstead Meatsmith to talk about meatsmithery

About our drink:

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Whiskey

Comprised of a unique blend of three different whiskeys, our double barrel finishing process utilized hand-toasted, new American oak barrels for a secondary aging worthy of another year’s wait. Double Barrel’s higher proof balances perfectly with the complexity of its flavor and notes of caramel, oak, citrus, and spice.

An award-winning collection of handcrafted American whiskeys developed in partnership with Bob Dylan. The perfect blend of art and craft, each bottle of heaven’s door showcases Dylan’s distinctive welded iron gates that he created in his studio, black buffalo ironworks.

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Farmstead Meatsmith Membership

Get a resource library of butchering, exclusive articles and videos, and access to a community where you can post questions and dialogue with budding meatsmiths around the world.

About the Topic:

Why did the Diocese of Tulsa bring Brandon out to show men and women how to properly harvest a lamb? What is the burden of abundance? How did Brandon’s job of becoming a full-time butcher affect his children? We talk about that and more in this episode with Brandon Sheard.

The Catholic Man Show - Natural Law with Pat Flynn

The Catholic Man Show - Natural Law with Pat Flynn

November 13, 2020

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Pat Flynn joins us for an extended discussion on Natural Law

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About our gear:

Pat Flynn’s new eBook, “How to Think About God”

Also check out, “How to Be Better at Almost Everything”

THE PAT FLYNN SHOW PODCAST

Want to know more about what Pat is up to? Visit his website, Chronicles of Strength

About the Topic:

What is natural law? Why is it important for men? What is the relationship (and differences) between stoicism and Christianity? We discuss this and more in this extra episode of The Catholic Man Show.

The Catholic Man Show - St. Joseph, Death, and Holy Souls

The Catholic Man Show - St. Joseph, Death, and Holy Souls

November 6, 2020

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What is a good death? Why is St. Joseph the patron of a good death? Indulgences this month!

About our drink:

Del Bac American Single Malt

Whiskey Del Bac produces award-winning American Single Malt whiskey in Tucson, Arizona. 100% own-make whiskies weave the rich mosaic of the Southwestern heritage with traditional Scottish distilling methods, yielding a truly unique blend of cultures and traditions in every bottle.

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This week we have a call to action instead of an actual gear. The Vatican has extended plenary indulgences for the dead throughout the month of November. Two main ways to gain the indulgences in the month of November: 1. Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead during the Octave of All Saints’ Day. 2. Those who piously visit a church or oratory on All Souls’ Day and recited the Our Father and the Creed. The decree also encourages priests to make the sacraments as widely available as possible during November.

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Why do we pray to St. Joseph for a happy death? What is a good death? Should you wait until the last hour to have your loved ones receive The Last Rites? What is an Apostolic Pardon? Will people actually go to Hell? We discuss this and a lot more in this episode.

The Catholic Man Show - The Plagues

The Catholic Man Show - The Plagues

October 30, 2020

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When God called Israel out of slavery in Egypt to a life of freedom as his people, it was the defining moment in Israel’s history.

About our drink:

Deanston 12 year

The new, relaunched 12 year old, this single malt has been bottled at a slightly higher proof, negating the necessity for chill-filtration and as such retaining more of its original charm. A lovely dram from the Deanston distillery.

About our gear:

Nailers, also known as nail guns, are available in coil and strip nail loading configurations.

Coil nailers, often called siding nailers, use flexible strings of nails joined by wires forming a round magazine. This type of nail gun is more compact and can fit into more places than models requiring nail strips. Coil nailers hold more nails than other models, so you can drive more nails than strip nail guns before reloading. Once you have your siding nails and nailer, you can learn how to select siding by checking out our Siding Buying Guide.

Strip nailers use nail magazines arranged on a long, slender strip or cartridge that slides into the gun. Strips of paper, plastic or wire hold the nails together. This configuration distributes the weight of the nails, making them easier to handle compared to coil nail guns. That means electric nailers requiring strips also handle easier than coil varieties.

Nailers are effective and versatile. Some models are useful in heavy-duty, high-volume applications, while others work well for small jobs.

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This episode is taken from Dr. Tim Gray – Exodus: Called to Freedom by Ascension Press

When God called Israel out of slavery in Egypt to a life of freedom as his people, it was the defining moment in Israel’s history. Exodus: Called to Freedom looks through the lens of Christ and the Church to show that, more than just seeking to free his people from the domination of Pharaoh, God desired to free his people from the far more dangerous grip of sin. Presenter Tim Gray explains how the Exodus story is not just Israel’s story but our story as well, because it reveals who God is and what he calls us to be. Discover the divine purpose behind the plagues on Egypt and how God’s law reflects his love and concern. Learn the keys to authentic freedom and how a proper understanding of the Exodus can illuminate one’s understanding of the Christian Faith.

The Catholic Man Show - Purifying your Memory

The Catholic Man Show - Purifying your Memory

October 23, 2020

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The thoughts that take place in the memory can weigh us down to the point of death, or enliven us to sainthood

About our drink:

John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend

2020 marks 200 years since John Walker first opened the doors to a small grocery store in rural Scotland, setting in motion a chain of events that would change the world of Scotch whisky forever. This is a limited edition release inspired by our first commercial blend ‘Old Highland Whisky’  the first of our whiskies to be exported from Scotland to the four corners of the world.

About our gear:

Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System

  • Deluxe 5-stone knife sharpening system for kitchen, outdoor, hobby, or garden knives
  • Includes extra-coarse, coarse, medium, fine alumina oxide, and extra-fine ceramic hones
  • Controlled-angle sharpening system with 17-, 20-, 25-, and 30-degree angle options
  • Color-coded stones with finger-grooved safety holders; specially formulated honing oil
  • Includes precision-engineered knife clamp and custom-molded storage/carrying case

About the Topic:

Many times when we sin, it is because we have entertained a disorder and perceived it to be good. When we do sin many times it is hard to forget about what we have done and we can glorify the sin. “Forgiveness of sins by God is precisely the highest and the most eminent form of the purification of memory. That is because the divine forgiveness really erases and destroys the sin, so that its weight does not burden the conscience anymore.”

How we can help purify the mind: 1. Confession 2. Adoration and an increase in prayer life which increases the theological virtue of hope 3 Holy thoughts and images.

The Catholic Man Show - Public Discourse with Dr. John Cuddeback

The Catholic Man Show - Public Discourse with Dr. John Cuddeback

October 16, 2020

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Dr. John Cuddeback joins us to discuss why we are so bad at public discourse.

About our drink:

We didn’t have a featured drink in this episode. It was recorded at 7am… we had to go to work… moderation.

About our gear:

True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness

We all want true friends. But how many of us know what friendship is? “Friendship: The Art of Happiness” explains what friendship is, why we seek it, and why it is often hard to find. Philosopher John Cuddeback deftly weaves the timeless wisdom of the Greeks and Sacred Scripture into a practical wisdom that will show you the path to the most rewarding of human achievements – being a friend.

About the Topic:

Here’s Dr. John Cuddeback’s article we mention in the episode.

Why are we so bad at public discourse? Why can we not have civil conversations anymore? How do we cultivate good conversations within our family and teach our children to have good quality conversations? We discuss this and more with Dr. John Cuddeback in this episode. (Make sure to watch the full episode on Youtube)

About our Guest:

From Dr. John Cuddeback:

In my quarter-century as a philosophy professor, I’ve been exposed to much wisdom. I try to understand it, and I want to share what I have found.

Being married twenty-five years and raising six children has also brought a few hard-to-see things to light.

I have known the struggles of being a husband, father, friend, employee, and citizen in very confusing times.

The travails of the household—as experienced by husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, children, and others—especially consume my attention and are close to my heart. The way forward is not easy, but we can search for it and travel it, together.

My search is for refreshing and revitalizing waters from a good place. Peaceful yet challenging, silent but powerful, old as the hills and exactly what we need today.

I want to reconnect with what we already know, or at least that we can know. It’s both deep within us, and it’s out there. We need to find it, and I know we can.

My goal is a more fully human life, in its many facets, lived together in community and in life-giving relationships. I hope we can work toward this together.

Visit Dr. John Cuddeback’s website – Life-Craft


The Catholic Woodworker:

Want to help your child grow in virtue and have prudence in public discourse? Check out The Catholic Woodworker’s St. Thomas Aquinas Home Altar.  There is a prayer on the back for “students”, and a good reminder that we are all students.  In the case of public discourse we should look to St. Thomas Aquinas as inspiration for how to study, and how to argue well and charitably.

Home Altar

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The Catholic Man Show - Canon Law Questions with Fr. David Webb

The Catholic Man Show - Canon Law Questions with Fr. David Webb

October 9, 2020

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Code of Canon Law with Fr. David Webb

About our drink:

Kurayoshi Sherry Cask

A sherried expression from the Kurayoshi range, created by little-known Japanese whisky producer Matsui Shuzou (also known for sake and shochu). These whiskies are blended malts, made with whiskies distilled in Scotland and shipped over to Japan, where they’re blended with Japanese whisky.

About our gear:

The Code of Canon Law

Here’s a study edition that would be cool to have as a reference.

You can access the code of canon law on the Vatican website.

About the Topic:

What is the Code of Canon Law? Why is it important to Catholic dads? Is it infallible? We discuss these questions in this week’s episode with Fr. David Webb.

About our Guest:

Fr. David Webb is the Associate Pastor of Christ the King Parish and Chaplain of St. Philip Neri Newman Center at the University of Tulsa

Here’s a great introduction to Fr. David Webb.

The Catholic Man Show - Aquinas, Causes of Love, and Marriage

The Catholic Man Show - Aquinas, Causes of Love, and Marriage

October 2, 2020

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Aquinas, Causes of Love, and Marriage

About our drink:

Johnnie Walker 18 year old

Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years is made using whiskies that have matured for at least 18 years. Carefully chosen for their flavor and quality, these whiskies make for a wonderful combination of both classic and contemporary tastes – blending notes of citrus and fragrant almonds, with warm vanilla and a hint of tropical tangerines. When you’re looking for a whisky to make an occasion or celebration extra special, Johnnie Walker Aged 18 Years is an excellent choice.

About our gear:

No gear this week but something to do with your wife.

You and your wife write down the top 10 things that make you the happiest. Share the 10 things and think about if what you do throughout the day moves you closer to those things or further away.

This idea came from reading the book Playing with Frie by Scott Rieckens

About the Topic:

  1. The Good as a Cause of Love
  1. That it is (ST I-II:26:1)

“As stated above (Q. XXVI., A. 1), Love belongs to the appetitive power which is a passive faculty. Wherefore its object stands in relation to it as the cause of its movement or act. Therefore the cause of love must needs be love’s object. Now the proper object of love is the good; because, as stated above (Q. XXVI., AA. 1, 2), love implies a certain connaturalness or complacency of the lover for the thing beloved, and to everything, that thing is a good, which is akin and proportionate to it. It follows, therefore, that good is the proper cause of love.

  1. Application to Married Life
  • The more virtuous, the more loveable.
  • Foster natural virtues (prudence, temperance, fortitude, and justice)
  • Foster supernatural virtues (faith, hope, and love)
  1. Beauty as a Cause of Love
  2. That it is (ST I-II:26:1 ad 3)

The beautiful is the same as the good, and they differ in aspect only. For since good is what all seek, the notion of good is that which calms the desire; while the notion of the beautiful is that which calms the desire, by being seen or known. Consequently those senses chiefly regard the beautiful, which are the most cognitive, viz., sight and hearing, as ministering to reason; for we speak of beautiful sights and beautiful sounds. But in reference to the other objects of the other senses, we do not use the expression beautiful, for we do not speak of beautiful tastes, and beautiful odours. Thus it is evident that beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that good means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the beautiful is something pleasant to apprehend.”

  1. Application to Married Life
  • The more beautiful, the more loveable.
  • Beauty as seen: e.g., physical appearances, external behavior, facial expression of mood, etc.
  • Beauty as known: e.g., knowledge of spouses life, skills, ideas, etc.
  1. Knowledge is Cause of Love
  2. That it is (ST I-II:26:2)

“As stated above (A. 1), good is the cause of love, as being its object. But good is not the object of the appetite, except as apprehended. And therefore love demands some apprehension of the good that is loved. For this reason the Philosopher (Ethic. ix. 5, 12) says that bodily sight is the beginning of sensitive love: and in like manner the contemplation of spiritual beauty or goodness is the beginning of spiritual love. Accordingly knowledge is the cause of love for the same reason as good is, which can be loved only if known.”

  1. Application to Married Life
  • The more knowledge we have of our spouses, the move loveable they become.
  • Deep and meaningful conversation fosters growth in knowledge of spouse.
  1. Likeness is Cause of Love
  2. That it is (ST I-II:26:3)

“Likeness, properly speaking, is a cause of love . . . One kind of likeness arises from each thing having the same quality actually: for example, two things possessing the quality of whiteness are said to be alike . . . [this] kind of likeness causes love of friendship or well-wishing. For the very fact that two men are alike, having, as it were, one form, makes them to be, in a manner, one in that form: thus two men are one thing in the species of humanity, and two white men are one thing in whiteness. Hence the affections of one tend to the other, as being one with him; and he wishes good to him as to himself.”

  1. Application to Married Life
  • It often occurs when one excels in an area and the other doesn’t, there can be tension. As such, we should strive to attain likeness or commonality in some areas of the spousal friendship.
  • E.g., exercise, topics of study, laughing at memes, etc.
The Catholic Man Show - Talking about Chanting with a Monk

The Catholic Man Show - Talking about Chanting with a Monk

September 25, 2020

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Clear Creek Monastery – Fr. Bachmann talks to use about chanting

About our drink:

Broken Arrow Brewing – Clear Creek Saison 

Saith Saison, French meaning “Season”. A style of farmhouse ale from the Northern regions of France and Belgium. Named in honor of the Saint Benedictine monks that first traveled to Indian Territory in 1875. They returned in 1999 to build their Clear Creek Abbey outside of Hulbert, OK. This is quite carbonated with fruity, floral, and earthy aromas with a hint of spice. Slightly sweet with a golden straw hue.

About our gear:

Liber Usualis

This book contains the propers and ordinary of the Mass for the whole year as well as the chants for the Divine Office according to the Roman Rite of 1962

About the Topic:

Why do we chant? What’s the difference between chanting and singing? If we sing, do we pray twice? What if we sing badly, does it still count? We talk about this and more with Fr. Bachmann from Clear Creek Abbey.

The Catholic Man Show - The Marital Debt

The Catholic Man Show - The Marital Debt

September 18, 2020

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What is Marital Debt? What does St. Thomas Aquinas say about it – Let’s discuss

About our drink:

Redbreast 15 year

The nose on this pure pot still Irish whiskey is nutty with light spices, oak, and red apples. The taste is smooth with roasted almonds, figs, blackberries, oak, and dark chocolate notes. The finish has a hint of vanilla with hazelnut and charred oak notes. Outstanding!

Visit Whiskycast for more

About our gear:

This episode is sponsored by The Catholic Woodworker – Use TCMS for 10% off all purchases

The credit card (we do not give financial advice in this episode. Invest at your own risk)

Our topic:

That there is a marital debt to be paid

As the slave is in the power of his master, so is one spouse in the power of the other (1 Cor. 7:4). But a slave is bound by an obligation of precept to pay his master the debt of his service according to Rom. 13:7, Render … to all men their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, etc. Therefore husband and wife are mutually bound to the payment of the marriage debt.[1]

-very first commandment in the bible “go, be fruitful and multiply”

The Catholic Man Show - Karlo teaches us about Purgatory

The Catholic Man Show - Karlo teaches us about Purgatory

September 11, 2020

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Purgatory with Karlo Broussard

About our drink:

Tupps Brewery – Full Grown Man

About our gear:

N/A

Our topic:
 
Talking about purgatory with Karlo Broussard with Catholic Answers.
 
Check out Catholic.com on the topic of purgatory.

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