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What’s a Manly Man and How Can We Get More of Them?

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Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ - published on 01/15/15 - updated on 06/07/17

In the battle for the male soul, we must keep before us the masculine charism which is epitomized by fatherhood and which was ordained by God. We must make use of the good resources available to us in the various media, so that we can become informed, articulate and effective as we promote authentic masculinity for the good of humanity and for the greater glory of God.

Finally, we must encourage and invite men to bond with other good men under the headship of Christ the King. And, as I was recently reminded, we must be alert for those people, who, even with good intentions, would deprive the Church and the world of the good men we all so desperately need.

When I write next, I will describe a concrete plan of life for the cultivation of authentic masculinity, addressing a man’s role as pilgrim, warrior and king. Until then, let’s keep each other in prayer.

Father Robert McTeigue, S.J. is a member of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus.  A professor of philosophy and theology, he has long experience in spiritual direction, retreat ministry, and religious formation. He teaches philosophy at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, FL, and is known for his classes in both Rhetoric and in Medical Ethics.

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