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The Catholic Man Show - Hierarchy of Gratitude

The Catholic Man Show - Hierarchy of Gratitude

December 24, 2021

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So much to be grateful for, especially this time of year. Let’s talk about ways to be grateful during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

About our drink:

2021 Niles Krupnik.
The skillful combining of a century-old tradition with modern production methods has produced an excellent liqueur, best drunk warm in the winter or on the rocks during the summer. Krupnik (pronounced KROOP-neek), is made of natural wild bee’s honey gathered in forests, and exotic spices. It has an outstanding honey-sweet taste and spicy bouquet with a strong, warming effect

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We continue reading Christmas poetry.

About the Topic:

Hierarchy of gratitude:

  1. God
  2. Our Parents
  3. The person that excels in dignity, from whom general favors proceed
  4. A benefactor from whom we have received particular and private favors

Summa – the natural order requires that he who has received a favor should, by repaying the favor, turn to his benefactor according to the mode of each.[1]

The grateful person sees reality as it is. Everything as gift.

Francis De Sales – Intro to the Devout Life: Of poverty of spirit in the midst of riches.

“There is a difference between having poison and being poisoned”

Steps to growing in gratitude – Catholic Digest

  1. Prayer, prayer, prayer
  2. Surround yourself with people who are grateful for life
    1. Attitudes are contagious
  3. Materialism fuels our ingratitude
    1. Before we make purchases (planned or otherwise) say a prayer
    2. Instead of rewarding children with things, reward them with experiences
  1.         Will this gift end up in the trash in a week?
  1. Refusing to forgive is a major obstacle to gratitude

    1. Failure to forgive places burdens on our soul
  2. Worry and Anxiety also lead us away from gratitude
    1. “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7
    2. There is a direct link between screen time and anxiety
  3. Practice custody of our language
    1. Just like custody of the eyes.  Grumbling or venting does not help, it is a consummation with our interior feelings.  Stop complaining, be happier
  4. Regular confession
    1. Meditate on our Lord’s mercy
  5. Memento Mori
    1. Having Heaven as our context helps us be grateful for everything, especially our trials
The Catholic Man Show - My Peace I Give You

The Catholic Man Show - My Peace I Give You

December 20, 2021

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What is peace? How do you obtain it? How do you know if you are following God’s will?

About our drink:

Springbank 10 Year Scotch

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Poetry Time! For the next couple of weeks, we are reading some Christmas poetry.

About the Topic:

Everyone desires to have peace. Even when your life is hectic, it is still possible to have inner peace. We talk about how to obtain peace, how to know God’s will, and how to order your life.

The Catholic Man Show - Catholicism, Radio, and Jesus with Cy Kellett

The Catholic Man Show - Catholicism, Radio, and Jesus with Cy Kellett

December 14, 2021

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Cy Kellett joins us in the studio to talk about Catholicism, radio, and Jesus!

About our drink:

We stuck to espresso and coffee in this episode.

About our gear:

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About the Topic:

How popular Catholicism has changed over the years. What it means to carry your cross. Weird Catholic radio questions. And how to evangelize. We talk about this and more with Catholic Answers Live radio host, Cy Kellett.

Cy Kellett is the host of Catholic Answers Live. He formerly hosted The Bright Side with Cy Kellett on the Immaculate Heart Radio network. For more than a decade Kellett was editor of San Diego’s diocesan newspaper, The Southern Cross. Before that, he taught high school and then spent several years working with the homeless mentally ill in Massachusetts while living in a Catholic Worker house. Kellett and his wife, Missy, have three children.

The Catholic Man Show - Advent Traditions

The Catholic Man Show - Advent Traditions

December 3, 2021

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How do you prepare for Christmas during the Advent season? What are some of your family traditions? How do you keep your children focused on Christmas during the holiday madness? Let’s chat.

About our drink:

Kentucky Owl – Wiseman Bourbon
 
The new bourbon is described as a blend of Kentucky Owl 4-year-old wheat and high-rye bourbons, along with 5 ½-year and 8 ½-year-old Kentucky-sourced bourbons.
 
“The Wiseman Bourbon is an artful balance of soft wheat and spicy high-rye that provides a smooth but complex bourbon designed to drink neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail,” said John Rhea, Kentucky Owl master blender, in a prepared statement. “The product leads with a beautiful caramel flavor and aroma followed by notes of allspice, citrus fruit and a nudge of oak.”

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Vices. What are some of the best vices to buy on the market? Also, David tells a crazy story of how he acquired his new vice.

Here’s what popular mechanics has to say on the best vices to buy.

About the Topic:

How do you prepare for Christmas during the Advent season? What are some of your family traditions? How do you keep your children focused on Christmas during the holiday madness? We talk about that and more in this week’s episode.

The Catholic Man Show - Ecce Homo

The Catholic Man Show - Ecce Homo

November 30, 2021

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What is the current state of masculinity? What is a Catholic understanding of masculinity? How do we transform families, parishes, and society by engaging men to evangelize? We talk with Fr. Jon Fincher about this and more!

About our drink:

Bells Brewery Expedition Russian Imperial Stout

One of the earliest examples of Russian Imperial Stouts in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with aging in mind.

A huge malt body is matched with a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruit and other aromas. The flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages in your cellar.

Alcohol By Volume:
10.50%
Original Gravity:
1.115
Shelf Life:
Unlimited

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We talk about Fr. Jon Fincher’s thesis for the completion of the licentiate program in moral theology.

About the Topic:

We talk about fatherlessness, how boys aren’t growing up, biology vs. culture, the creation of man in the Imago Dei, Jesus as the model of man, man’s role in the family, parish, and society, and more with Fr. Fincher in this week’s episode.

The Catholic Man Show - Devotion to Mary

The Catholic Man Show - Devotion to Mary

November 20, 2021

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What are some great Marian books? What are the errors regarding True Devotion to Mary? Why Mary will bring us closer to Jesus. Let’s discuss!

About our drink:

Annapolis Hard Cider

Annapolis Hard Cider sent us several different ciders to try. They were all delicious and worth having. A great compliment to your holiday dinners. Check them out!

Thank you, Annapolis Cider, for sending us some of your delicious ciders

About our gear:

Top Marian books for Adam:

True Devotion to Mary

Hail, Holy Queen

Echo of God

33 days to Morning Glory

Champions of the Rosary

Behold your Mother

About the Topic:

A true devotion is defined as a “promptness of the will in the service of God” – Aquinas

Errors of a True Devotion:

1. In wishing to go to our Lord without passing through Mary. Some Catholics do not see clearly enough how expedient it is to have recourse to the Blessed Virgin in order to enter the intimacy of Christ.

2. They fear that devotion toward her is abused and that injury is done to our Lord by paying excessive honor to BVM.

3. Seems to consider Mary a hindrance in reaching divine union, whereas all her influence is exercised in order to lead us to it.

“To neglect the mediators whom God has given us because of our weakness, shows a lack of humility. Intimacy with our Lord in prayer will be greatly facilitated by frequent recourse to Mary.”

EX: Asking Mary to help make a good examination of conscience and confession.

“There are Catholics who do not see clearly enough the necessity of having recourse to Mary that they may attain to intimacy with the Savior” – Fr. RGL

Degrees of the Devotion:

1. Consists in praying to the BVM from time to time, honoring her as the Mother of God, saying, for example, the Angelus with true recollection every time it rings.

2. Having more perfect sentiments of vereration, confidence, and love for Mary. Lead us to the daily recitation of at least one of the three parts of the Rosary while we meditate on the joyful, sorrowful, or glorious mysteries, which are for us the road of eternal life.

Page 27 in Secrets of the Rosary on why the rosary is more efficacious than reading the psalms.

3. True devotion to Mary, that proper to proficients, consists in consecrating oneself entirely to our Lord through her. “This devotion consists in giving oneself entirely to the BVM in order to belong entirely to Jesus Christ through her.”

CCC 964: Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. “This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”;504 it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion

Fruits of the Devotion:

St. Louis de Montfort says that this road to God is easier, and nevertheless more meritorious, and consequently a more perfect, short, and sure road.

“But thanks to Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort,” he wrote in 2004 in the Letter to the Religious of the Montfortian Families, “I understood that authentic devotion to the Mother of God is truly Christocentric (…). Reading True Devotion marked a turning point in my life. I say a ‘turning point’ although it is a long inner journey that coincided with my clandestine preparation for the priesthood. I realized (…) something fundamental. It happened that the devotion of my childhood and even my adolescence to the Mother of Christ gave way to a new attitude, a devotion coming from the depths of my faith, as from the very heart of the Trinitarian and Christological reality.” -JP2

1 Cor. 4:16, “I urge you, then, be imitators of me.” The saints show us how to imitate Christ.

“Everyone should have a genuine devotion to Mary and entrust his life to her motherly care.” Vatican II document Decree of the apostolate of lay people

The Catholic Man Show - Sports, Virtue, and Raising a Family

The Catholic Man Show - Sports, Virtue, and Raising a Family

November 12, 2021

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There are great virtues that can be developed through sports. However, if not properly ordered, it can cause a breakdown in the domestic church. Our guest, David Dean, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma, joins us to talk about this and his time in the Humanities program at KU with John Senior.

About our drink:

Hunt down a grill and gather your ancestors, because the Ardbeg BBQ Smoker is bringing the everyday cookout into a new age!
This gift pack includes one BBQ Smoker and one bottle of Ardbeg An Oa – the perfect spirit for sippin’ and tearin’. Small but mighty, the smoker lets you surround your food with smoke in just a few easy steps. Simply fill the puck with wood chips, lay it at the back of your grill, wait until your BBQ is sufficiently smoky, place your food around the puck, smoke it out some more, and voilà!
Once your food is smoked, cooked, and practically falling off the bone, all that’s left to do is plate up and pair with a delectably smooth dram of Ardbeg An Oa.

ARDBEG AN OA

Ardbeg An Oa’s rounded and subtly smoky aromas make it the prime spirit for toasting by the BBQ. With notes of thick cigar smoke, roasted tea leaves and grilled artichokes, this whisky is the perfectly peaty dance partner for your smoky culinary creations.
ABV: 46.6%

About our gear:

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About the Topic:

How long have we been playing sports? What are the benefits of sports in a child’s development and growth in virtue? What is the end of sports for most people? What do you need to be aware of as a Catholic dad when getting your kids into sports? How will it affect the family?

We discuss this and much more with David Dean, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.

The Catholic Man Show - Rules of Life

The Catholic Man Show - Rules of Life

November 5, 2021

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St. Francis de Sales wrote a book called “The Secret of Sanctity” and in it, he provides 18 rules to life. We discuss them on this week’s episode.

About our drink:

Compass Box Peat Monster – New batches of the Peat Monster boast a spectrum of powerful coastal flavours, combining the smokiness of a driftwood fire with more medicinal peat notes. Orchard fruits and rich cask-derived creaminess balance the multi-layered smoke. It is a new peaty landscape, as the Painting Label shows.

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The Secret of Sanctity – OUR GREAT HAPPINESS as Christians is to possess, in this world, through grace and love, Him Who deigns to be our beatitude for all eternity; and our greatest misfortune, after sin, is not to know or to recognize this secret of eternal charity. God would have us holy even as He is holy; He would have us live His very life. It is for this end that He has given us His divine Son, and with Him the infinite riches of His heart; that is. His merits. His sacraments, His Church. Sanctity consists in believing and receiving these divine communications, of which Jesus Christ is the source, the instrument, and the end; consequently, it also consists in uniting ourselves with Him by loving Him, and in modelling ourselves upon Him by imitating Him; it can and ought to pervade every life, the busiest as well as the simplest.

About the Topic:

St. Francis de Sales gives 18 “rules of life” in his book The Secret of Sanctity. Some you would be able to guess, others you might not. We talk about them in this week’s episode.

The Catholic Man Show - Loving Like a Man

The Catholic Man Show - Loving Like a Man

October 29, 2021

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What are the best ways to show your love to your wife and your family? How do you feel loved and how does your wife feel loved? In this episode, we talk about the five love languages and why they are important to understand.

About our drink:

Waterford Irish Whiskey

Influenced by the world’s greatest winemakers, we are obsessively bringing the same intellectual drive, methodology & rigor to single malt whisky.

Using 100% Irish barley, widely considered to be the world’s finest, our new Single Farm Origin series is an uber-provenance range of limited edition natural whiskies that explore Irish terroir one farm, once place, at a time. They are expressions of precision and rarity, showcasing barley flavors derived from individual Irish farms and harvests.

About our gear:

A bouquet of flowers.

When’s the last time you got your wife flowers? It’s probably been too long.

About the Topic:

Dr. Gary Chapman published his book in 1992

Titus 2: 4: Have the older women “train the younger women to love their husbands and children”

People give and receive love in different ways. Here are the 5 love languages:

  1. Acts of Service
  2. Words of Affirmation
  3. Quality Time
  4. Physical Touch
  5. Gift Giving

Most people will naturally communicate best in their primary love language.

The Catholic Man Show - Four Temperaments

The Catholic Man Show - Four Temperaments

October 29, 2021

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What are the temperaments? Why are they important to know? How can they help you to grow in virtue?

About our drink:

Ron Centenario 25 Gran Reserva

Centenario 25 is a blend of rums aged in white American oak for up to 25 years in a traditional solera system.

About our gear:

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About the Topic:

We talk about the four temperaments, why they are important to understand for the spiritual life, and how they will help you grow in virtue.

The Catholic Man Show - Andrew Willard Jones Interview: Church and State

The Catholic Man Show - Andrew Willard Jones Interview: Church and State

October 22, 2021

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Deacon Harrison Garlick interviews Andrew Willard Jones on Church and State.

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Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX

Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX by Andrew Willard Jones explores in great detail the “problem of Church and State” in thirteenth-century France. It argues that while the spiritual and temporal powers existed, they were not parallel structures attempting to govern the same social space in a contest over sovereignty. Rather, the spiritual and the temporal powers were wrapped up together in a differentiated and sacramental world, and both included the other as aspects of their very identity. The realm was governed not by proto-absolutist institutions, but rather by networks of friends that cut across lay/clerical lines. Ultimately, the king’s “fullness of power” and the papacy’s “fullness of power” came together to govern a single social order.

The prevailing narrative of human history, given to us as children and reinforced constantly through our culture, is the plot of progress. As the narrative goes, we progressed from tyranny to freedom, from superstition to science, from poverty to wealth, from darkness to enlightenment. This is modernity’s origin myth. Out of it, a consensus has emerged: part of human progress is the overcoming of religion, in particular Christianity, and that the world itself is fundamentally secular.

The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics

In The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics, Andrew Willard Jones rewrites the political history of the West with a new plot, a plot in which Christianity is true, in which human history is Church history.

The Two Cities moves through the rise and fall of empires; cycles of corruption and reform; the rise and fall of Christendom; the emergence of new political forms, such as the modern state, and new political ideologies, such as liberalism and socialism; through the horrible destruction of modern warfare; and on to the plight of contemporary Christians. These movements of history are all considered in light of their orientation toward or away from God.

The Two Cities advances a theory of Christian politics that is both an explanation of secular politics and a proposal for Christians seeking to navigate today’s most urgent political questions.

About Deacon Harrison Garlick:

Dcn. Harrison Garlick is a deacon, husband, and father who serves as the chancellor and legal counsel for the Diocese of Tulsa & Eastern Oklahoma. He also serves as a tutor for the Alcuin Institute for Catholic Culture teaching in its Great Books program. Read his journey in the diaconate.

You can follow Dcn. Garlick on Twitter here.

About Andrew Willard Jones:

Andrew Willard Jones holds a PhD in Medieval History from Saint Louis University with a focus on the Church of the High Middle Ages. Jones’s work is primarily concerned with historical political theology and with the reconciliation of the post-modern with the pre-modern. Methodologically, his work treats history as a theological discipline and not as a secular archaeology. Jones has two books forthcoming: Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in St. Louis IX’s Sacramental Kingdom and The Liturgical Cosmos: Explorations in the Sacramental and Biblical Vision of Pope Innocent III. He is also working on a one volume history of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Man Show - Brett McKay: Art of Manliness (Replay)

The Catholic Man Show - Brett McKay: Art of Manliness (Replay)

October 15, 2021

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The Art of Manliness

Special Guest: Brett McKay

Brett McKay founded the Art of Manliness in 2008 and has grown it into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web.

Here are a few examples of Brett’s work:

100 Skills Every Man Should Know

How to Increase Testosterone Naturally

100 Books Every Man Must Read

Ultimate List of Hobbies

Brett McKay’s Books:

The Illustrated Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness

Heading Out on Your Own

Manvotionals

30 Days to a Better Man

The Art of Manliness Podcast

The Catholic Man Show - Fr. Nesbit from Clear Creek Abbey on Mortification

The Catholic Man Show - Fr. Nesbit from Clear Creek Abbey on Mortification

October 1, 2021

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Fr. Nesbit, Benedictine Monk from Clear Creek Abbey, joins us to discuss the topic of mortification.

About our drink:

Side Eye Saison from The Nook 

Golden orange in color with minimal bitterness. A balanced and refreshing beer with just enough peppery and spicy notes to have you going back for another sip. This highly carbonated beer might have snobs calling it “effervescent.” If anyone questions why you’re getting another one, feel free to give them the side-eye.

About our gear:

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About the Topic:

This week we record while at the fifth annual Catholic Man Show Campout at Clear Creek Abbey

Mortification – How to better understand it’s purpose. Why men should be doing it. How to begin a fasting regiment. We discuss this and more in this week’s episode with Fr. Nesbit.

About Clear Creek Abbey:

Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine community belonging to the Solesmes Congregation. It was founded in 1999 from the Abbey of Our Lady of Fontgombault in France and is located in the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Having been erected as a simple priory in 2000, Clear Creek became an abbey in 2010. The community currently counts 50 monks.

Like the other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, having devoted itself from the outset wholly to the service of God in the hidden life, is to be counted among the institutes entirely ordered towards contemplation. By virtue of their vocation, the monks devote themselves to God alone in silence and in solitude, in constant prayer, and willing penance.

Visit their website or donate as they plan to build an abbey to last for 1,000 years.

The Catholic Man Show - How to Better Understand your Parish Priest

The Catholic Man Show - How to Better Understand your Parish Priest

October 1, 2021

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Fr. Brian O’Brien joins Adam to talk about How to Better Understand you Parish Priest

About our drink:

Pikesville Rye

First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, Pikesville Rye, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland Rye industry, was shuttered by Prohibition. The brand reemerged after Prohibition and became the last standing Maryland Rye, as the rest of the industry’s production had ceased. Now produced in Kentucky from extra-aged barrels stored in prime warehouse locations, Heaven Hill Distillery keeps this historic Maryland mark alive.

About our gear:

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About the Topic:

Fr. Brian O’Brien gives us insight on how to understand your parish priest better so we can continue evangelizing the community!

Check out Fr. Brian O’Brien’s podcast here

The Catholic Man Show - Holy Name of Mary, Winged Hussars, Battle of Vienna, and 9/11 (REPLAY)

The Catholic Man Show - Holy Name of Mary, Winged Hussars, Battle of Vienna, and 9/11 (REPLAY)

September 17, 2021

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The Holy Name of Mary, Winged Hussars, Battle of Vienna, 9/11, Coffee, and Croissants

About our drink:

TCMS Winged Hussar Red Wine

About our gear:

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About the Topic:

Who are the winged hussars? Why do they matter? What does 9/11/2001 have in connection to what happened hundreds of years ago? Where did the croissant come from? And how does Mary our Mother play a role in all this? We answer these questions and more in this week’s episode.

About our guest:

Fr. Sean Donovan was ordained June 30th, 2012 in the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma. He is currently pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Pawhuska, OK.

Resources mentioned on the show:

The Enemy at the Gate by Andrew Wheatcroft

An Account of the Turks Wars with Poland, Muscovy, and Hungary. Containing a Very Particular Relation of Several Material Transactions by De La Criox

Islam at the Gates: How Christendom Defeated the Ottoman Turks by Diane Moczar

Sword and Scimitar by Raymond Ibrahim

The Siege of Vienna by John Stoye

The Catholic Man Show - Eucharist, Adoration, and the Hobbit

The Catholic Man Show - Eucharist, Adoration, and the Hobbit

September 17, 2021

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It was Dave’s turn to pick the topic. He said the day before recording, “I’ve been asking God what he wants us to talk about this week and I feel like He is just wanting us to chat with no agenda.” So…. That’s what we did.

About our drink:

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask

This Limited Edition Double Cask Wyoming whiskey is aged in a most unique maturation environment in the whiskey world. Kirby has a sub-zero cold winter and desert blistering hot summer weather to make the juice dance in and out of the oak cradle. That environment is tough on people, but it’s extreme have great potential for the whiskey aging. The Double Cask Limited Edition starts with the same wheated bourbon used in the Small Batch and Single Barrels. The mashbill is 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley, aged for five years in new, charred white oak barrels and finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks before bottling at 50% ABV.

The whiskey is not chill filtered and has a dark rich mahogany color in my glass evidencing the romantic dance in a sherry cask for finishing. The nose bursts with sweet dried fruits and candied fig jelly. The Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask has a wonderful aroma which I could nose for hours.

On the palate I experience a saucy, rich and syrupy juice reminding me of butter sautéed mulberries with hints of vanilla, dried raisins and orange candy sprinkles. The finish is intensely warm and long with notes of oak, more dried fruit, fig jelly and fresh-ground cinnamon spice.This whiskey is just plain good and it’s exciting for me to see this smaller distillery growing.

About our gear:

Saw Horses

These are the ones you should get.

About the Topic:

We have a random conversation about the Eucharist, Adoration, and the Hobbit. Spoiler alert… Adam thinks it’s just “okay”. Send him hate mail… he loves it.
The Catholic Man Show - Intro to the Devout Life

The Catholic Man Show - Intro to the Devout Life

September 6, 2021

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We want to grow in holiness. We want to grow in our relationship with our Lord. But how do we do it? Let’s see what the spiritual master, St. Francis de Sales, has to say.

About our drink:

Templeton Rye 10 Year

Iowa- Templeton Rye 10 Year Reserve, a limited production, is a true expression of what American Rye can become with each release bottled from a hand-selected single barrel. Awarded Double Gold Medal SF World Spirits Competition 2021 and earned Gold Medal SIP Awards 2021.

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Intro to Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Written over 400 years ago, Introduction to the Devout Life is still one of the most popular books for those pursuing holiness. St. Francis de Sales explains how to turn that desire for sanctity into resolutions that yield grace-filled results.

Themes include:

  • Pursuing a devout life whole-heartedly
  • Incorporating prayer and sacraments into a busy
    schedule
  • Growing in virtue
  • Battling wisely against temptation
  • Making spiritual progress through daily, monthly, and yearly exercises

Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or are more advanced in the spiritual life, you’ll be able to apply this timeless wisdom immediately. Let St. Francis de Sales illumine the path to holiness and strengthen your desire to walk that road with the Lord.

St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was the Bishop of Geneva and a renowned spiritual director. Preaching during the Counter-Reformation, he is estimated to have converted 70,000 Calvinists in his short lifetime. He was a fervent proponent of the universal call to holiness and spent much of his time guiding lay people on the road to sanctity. Declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1877, St. Francis is still helping to form saints through his many writings, of which Introduction to the Devout Life is the most famous.

About the Topic:

First Purification: From Mortal Sin

The means to do this is the holy Sacrament of Penance.
Four things that happen when you commit mortal sin:
1. By sin you have lost the grace of God
2. You’ve abandoned your place in paradise
3. Accepted the eternal pains of hell
4. Renounced God’s eternal love
 
He finds a general confession to be extremely useful in the beginning of this growth period.
“One of the serious responsibilities of a person committed to a moral and devout life is to avoid as far as possible situations, circumstances, places, or even persons that could possibly encourage one to sin.” EX: Alcoholic avoids bars and gatherings with alcohol.
 
Second Purification: Attachment to Sin:
 
“There are penitents who leave sin yet without leaving their longing for sin”
“They would like much to be able to sin without being damned.”
 
“You must not only relinquish sin; but you must prune your heart of all affections that relate to sin.”
It is one thing to stop sinning – and quite another to stop wanting to sin.
 
On Purging Oneself of inclinations one has to venial sins:
“One should not voluntarily nourish the will to continue and persevere in any kind of venial sin, because this would be too great a wickedness – to choose, knowingly, to keep in our conscience a thing so displeasing to God as a willingness to offend him.”
 
The necessity of Prayer:
 
1. Prayer puts our intellect in the clarity of the divine light and brings forth our weaknesses.
2. Focus your main prayer time at the beginning of the day when you are rested.
3. Do not rush to say many prayers, but teach yourself to say what you say lovingly.
4. The Rosary is a great starting point but if you have advanced to “contemplative” prayer, you should always keep that in the principal place.
5. When saying vocal prayers, if you sense your heart drawn and invited to interior or mental prayer, do not refuse to follow it, but let your spirit glide gently in that direction.
6. If you miss morning prayer and it is evening, you should pray, bead some book of devotion with penitence that may settle the rest of this shortcoming. (St. Francis knows the importance of habitual prayer and a regular pattern. If you voluntarily miss, it is a slippery slope. You should make up for it)
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