Chaput flexes his muscles…

Speaking of Muscular Christianity (no, not this, THIS), Archbishop Chaput spoke back in September to an Indianapolis men’s conference. Here, among other things, is what he said:

Christian love is not weak or anesthetic. It’s an act of the will. It takes guts. It’s a deliberate submission of our selfishness to the needs of others. There’s nothing “unmanly” about it, and there’s nothing—and I mean nothing—more demanding and rewarding in the world. The heart of medieval knighthood and chivalry was the choice of a fighting man to put himself at the service of others—honoring his lord, respecting the dignity of women, protecting the weak, and defending the faith even at the cost of his own life.

That’s your vocation. That’s what being a Christian man means. We still have those qualities in our hearts. We are not powerless in the face of today’s unbelieving civilization. We can turn this world upside down if only we’re willing to love—the kind of Christian love that is vastly more powerful than just a sugary feeling; the kind of love that converts men into something entirely new; the kind of love that bears fruit in a man’s zeal, courage, justice, mercy, and apostolic action.

So I leave you with this: Be men who love well. Be the Catholic men God intended you to be. Be men of courage and fidelity to your God, your wives, your families, and your Church. Put your belief into practice. Do everything for the glory of God, even the little things you have to do each day. Love those who don’t love you. Love—expecting nothing in return. Love—and those you love will find Jesus, too. Love—and through your actions, God will change this world.

Maybe if we have homilies like that (instead of homilies for Father’s mothers/sisters/neices) there might be a few more men in the pews on Sunday…

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8 Responses to Chaput flexes his muscles…

  1. Christine says:

    Archbishop Chaput rocks!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Homilies like that AND LITURGIES WITH MUSIC TO MATCH would get more than a few men back…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Homilies like that AND LITURGIES WITH MUSIC TO MATCH would get more than a few men back…

  4. Anonymous says:

    “Share” this with your manly hippy friends at Catholica and see their reaction

  5. Schütz says:

    Re homilies and matching liturgies, I was reflecting the other day that my conversion to “catholicism” (rather than to the Catholic Church per se) happened about 20 years ago when I attended an Anglican parish in Adelaide and heard great preaching in the context of very well done “catholic” liturgy.

    The priest? One Fr John Fleming. Now head of Campion College in Sydney.

  6. daryl says:

    I find the use of the knight analagy as being rather odd especially given that these were ultimately instruments of the fudal system. A system that i doubt many “right minded” people would find difficult to defend.

    further, knights were hardly noble persons. They were mersonaries and little more- one of the notable exceptions perhaps, arguably, being the knights Templar.

    if Chaput feels the need to “sex” up his credo then perhaps he is fighting a losing battle.


    An atheist- incidentally refused a christening by your “inclusive” church because a Irish priest in London in the 70s decided that a child of mixed colour is unworthy of an organisation that travelled to new worlds looking for converts… go figure

  7. Christine says:

    Umm, that would be “analogy”, “feudal”, and “mercenaries” , yes?

    You’d better thank some of those knights, or you’d be living under dhimmitude today.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes, when I feel myself getting disillusioned about the state of the faith in this country and teh lack of pastoral attitude of my pastors and bishops, I turn up to the Anglican church. It reminds me of why I’m Catholic.

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