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A Catholic Gentleman’s Manifesto
November 23, 2013
Hello Everyone! My name is Dominic Cassella (aka The Hound), I am one of the Co-Founders of the Catholic Dormitory, and I would like to thank Sam for inviting me to be an occasional writer for the Catholic Gentleman.
The list below was originally posted on the Dormitory, but I believe it needs to be spread around a little more. As Catholic Gentlemen, we have an understanding that we are all called to be the servants of Christ and not our selves. However, beyond this we recognize that, although this may apply to all men, if a man does not follow the true Master always he is not a boy because he has sinned. He is just a man, who has fallen off his horse; tossed a rock into his mountain pack; or stubbled down the stairs. The manifesto below is just a list of guidelines which can almost apply to all of mankind (women included), simple because we are all called to know, love and serve God in ALL things. Yet despite this, it is nonetheless A Gentleman’s Manifesto more than anything else.
A Catholic Gentleman’s Manifesto:
We first strive to remain faithful and loyal to Our Holy Mother Church, the Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Magisterium, the Vicar of Christ, and the One Triune God.
We strive to know, love and serve Christ in all of our thoughts, words, deeds and omissions.
The Pint, The Pipe, The Cross.
The Good, The True, The Beautiful.
We ask for forgiveness and we repent of our sins voluntary and involuntary.
We strive to shine the light of Christ, to be His instrument, in all things.
To preach God’s gospel always, and when necessary use words.
We strive to heal our own wounds, and do our own work.
We seek liberation from the ego.
We strive to build a world that works for Christ, and thus for everybody.
We dare greatly in pursuit of Christ’s vision for us.
To unite our vision with Christ’s.
To renounce status-seeking in favor of a purpose-driven life.
We surrender emotional control in favor of emotional maturity.
We exchange competence in violence for competence in non-violence.
We give up divided attention so that we may practice Presence.
We refuse to bow to fear of economic scarcity.
We refuse to worship the false idols of money, success and careers.
Women are not the source of our problems.
We live chivalrous lives, with unending respect for women, our co-creators of mankind.
Women and men are equal in the sense that they are complementary, not plainly equal in all things.
Full blame rests on our shoulders.
We take personal responsibility for the state of our souls and the souls within our care.
The souls we scandalize and the souls that are brought closer to Christ, by Christ through us.
Through the sake of HIS sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
We understand at last what true Wealth is, and where it comes from.
The physical, the mental and most importantly the spiritual.
Morality is our daily habit: we exercise generosity, maintain strong determination, make diligent and sustained effort, give selfless Love, tell the Truth in all cases and all ways, discipline ourselves, show tolerance, seek wisdom, practice renunciation, and cultivate equanimity.
We address all of the problems we are capable of solving.
We will not turn against our Brothers.
And we cannot turn against or shy from protecting and providing for woman.
We are for the integrity of the interconnected individual who, listening to the passions of their hearts and the wisdom of their intellect finds the courage to act in the name of the Christ with the sign of the Cross in all things.
Originally Posted at the Catholic Dormitory.
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