NCR: New RISE Program: Men, Be Who You Are

The last 50 years have been hard on men and even harder on the idea of masculinity. One group of guys have decided to do something dramatic for themselves and for other men to reclaim their call as sons, brothers, husbands and fathers.

Posted on February 26, 2018 .

Introducting "Marian Consecration for Children"

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Two years ago, I tried to find a book like this for my own children. When I came up short, a priest friend suggested that I write this book. I drew from my experience as a homeschooling mom and my work on The Marian Option to bring together a book that will hopefully help children understand who Mary is and how much of a Mother she is to them.

Tan Books has further details available here.

It should be released in March. Stay tuned for more details about pre-ordering.

Posted on January 11, 2018 .

NCR: Beware of the Poisoned Apple of Feminist Ideology

Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty; these are the stories that have animated the imaginations of little girls for centuries. Popularized by Disney, different versions of these stories, particularly Cinderella, have crossed the divides of cultures and time throughout much of history. There are many lessons that can be extracted from such fairy tales, but the primary issue is the timeless vice of envy.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Glas Koncila: CARRIE GRESS, AUTORICA KNJIGE »MARIJIN IZBOR« »Marija nikada ne će doživjeti neuspjeh«

Knjiga »Marijin izbor – Božje rješenje za civilizaciju u krizi«, otkad je u svibnju objavljena, već je mjesecima među najprodavanijim knjigama u SAD-u. Napisala ju je Carrie Gress, izvrsna poznavateljica marijanske pobožnosti, znanstvenica, doktorica filozofije te vrsna komentatorica američkih katoličkih portala. S obzirom na to da je Sjeverna Amerika većinom protestantska zemlja, uspjeh te knjige još više iznenađuje…

Posted on December 14, 2017 .

NCR: School Shootings, C.S. Lewis and the War on Children

I've recently been reading children's books from bygone eras and marvel at the freedom the children had to be away from their parents. In All of a Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor, the five daughters navigate their 1910 neighborhood of New York City without giving their mother the slightest concern. I can't even navigate Gymboree without that kind of freedom. What has changed?

Posted on December 7, 2017 .

Want Good Fruit, Start with the Soil

By Carrie Gress, Ph.D.

By nick v from washington dc (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By nick v from washington dc (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Dirt is making a comeback. For decades, farmers and consumers took it for granted, but now people are realizing how vital it is for healthy crops and healthy humans.

Joel Salatin may not be a household name, but he is a man that knows a lot about farming. Called the world’s most innovative farmer by TIME magazine, Salatan has been featured in books and films like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Food, Inc. for his practices that are changing the way people think about food.  While his approach may seem radical (such as, no antibiotics, no growth hormones), his farming practices emphasize working with nature instead of against it. And all of it starts with soil. Salatin, like most farmers, know that soil health is crucial. “Stimulating soil biota is our first priority,” says Salatin, “Soil health creates healthy food." Farmers are relearning how “to foster what nature grants.”

Like Salatan, one farmer-turned-priest took his Midwestern know-how and applied it to the idea of growing vocations. Instead of starting with young men directly, this priest went to the heart of where vocations are born; he went to the soil. He first started a women’s Bible study; then a couple’s prayer group; then a men’s group, then a father and son group; a mother daughter group; and finally, he started a group for young men and women to discern their vocations. This farmer-priest knew he had to start at the source - with women. Not surprisingly, his efforts yielded great fruit. He fostered what nature grants.

What is interesting about this is to consider that if women and mothers are the real "soil" of the family, of communities, then what does the devil have to do to get to everyone? Take "the soil" out at the knees. And how have we seen this happen? Convince "the soil" to sterilize herself, or terminate anything that starts to grow. And eventually, everything else rots, or doesn't grow as it should.

Like farmers around the world, people are beginning to realize that there really is something important about soil.

Posted on December 1, 2017 .

NCR: Have Women You Love Left the Faith? Here’s Why

I recently spoke on Catholic Answers about Mary and the modern woman. A man called in asking about his daughter, saying that although he homeschooled her and taught her the catechism, at 17, she now had little regard for the Church. It was clear he was struggling with how he had failed her. Based on what he told me, this concerned dad was not the problem. 

Posted on November 20, 2017 .

Catholic Answers with Cy Kellett

Cy Kellett and I discussed, perhaps the challenge of our age, Mary and the Modern Woman.

(For the record, that is Douglas Beaumont pictured in the photo, not me.)

Posted on November 8, 2017 .

ANGELUS: In a Chaotic World, a Simple Solution: The Rosary

In our complex modern world, our problems look terribly complicated, so it is easy to assume that their solutions must be equally complex. The Marian option might appear to be simple — perhaps too simple — but simplicity is not the same as superficiality. Many things that seem simple can be incredibly powerful, efficacious and surprisingly profound. The love between a mother and her children is one of these things. We understand this on a human level. How much greater it must be when Mary — the Mother of God — is also our mother.

Posted on October 4, 2017 .

NCR: Catholicism Brings Order to Your Soul, But Only If You Let It

Most people living outside of deep faith have a negative perception of what it means to be a Catholic: strict, stuck in past, rigid, medieval, and hypocritical are some the kinder terms often used. Others use more unprintable descriptions that generally say more about those who have been unfaithful to Church teaching than faithful to it. Sadly, the view from the outside is dramatically different than the view from the inside.

Posted on September 29, 2017 .