wasting time on perusing Facebook yesterday evening, I came across this on a friend’s Wall:
As the mother to three little boys, it caught my eye. To be honest, I agree with all of it, even the bits about the drinking and the dressing. I particularly liked number four. This list, however, true as it may be, only covers the secular aspects of being a gentleman, and does not, therefore cover all of what I want my boys to be: Catholic gentlemen. For that, we need to add a few things into the mix. With this in mind, I came up with a few additional points to add to the above list.
- Always respect and defend your mothers, both the one on earth and the one in Heaven.
- Go to Mass; do this at least on Sundays, but don’t forget that it’s never a bad day to visit Jesus.
- In everything you do, remember that you are not alone. Behave as if you are in the presence of a whole host of saints, because you are.
- Respect nuns. Offer them your help whenever you see them.
- Parish hopping is as bad as dating two girls at the same time. Don’t do it.
- There is no shame in tilting your hat when you pass a church, even if no one else does.
- Always leave room for the Holy Spirit when spending time with a lady.
- Dressing for Sunday Mass should never involve sneakers.
- Rosaries are sacramentals, not jewelry. Use them to pray, not to accessorize.
- Never be ashamed of your faith or your Church.
- Remember that the saints should be your best friends, and follow their examples.
- There is no such thing as being “fashionably late,” especially when it comes to Mass.
- No one is more deserving of your time or efforts than the least fortunate among us.
- Defend the right to life in every way possible. Do so with prayers and actions appropriate to a man of God.
- Relying on God’s grace is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of wisdom and faith.
Are there more things that go into making a Catholic gentleman, absolutely. I think though that between the first list and my additions, I’ve got a good guideline for helping my little boys to become the type of man I’d love them to be.
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