Male Spirituality
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Four times this week I've heard the term "male spirituality" on EWTN. This term has been used by Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M (an admitted feminist), Michael Voris (an admitted anti-feminist), Steve Wood of EWTN's Faith & Family, and tossed around "The Round Table" where ex football players discuss how to be better Catholic husbands and fathers.

When Michael Voris speaks of "male spirituality" he uses the Crusaders (as did another poster in that other thread) as examples because they are courageous and ready to fight for the truth. But....didn't the Muslims fight? Were not Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, and Genghis Khan fearless and strong? I know an atheist who would run into a burning building to save his wife and kids. Do pagan men have a"masculine spirituality" too?

First, I see the above as natural bravery, not necessarily spiritual or virtuous. The fruits of the Holy Spirit are joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, long suffering, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, and chastity. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are knowledge, wisdom, fear of the Lord, understanding, counsel, fortitude, and piety. The beatitudes teach us to be poor in spirit, meek, merciful, peacemakers, and single-hearted. The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, courage, and temperance. Are some of these for men only and some for women only? I always thought of the Holy Spirit as an equal opportunity employer.

So, I have a few more questions:

1. Is Yin/Yang considered "spirituality"?
2. Is it possible for women to have a masculine spirituality - and vice versa?
3. Do men have a distinctive, separate path to God?
4. IF there is a feminine spirituality, is it always secondary?
5. Is not the spirit of both man AND woman passive/receptive in its relationship to God?
6. Is the idea of male spirituality a result of the so-called "wounded masculinity" movement where men think the church has been feminized by feminists and pious old ladies?

I leave you with a quote that predates feminism:

[quote='Francis de Sales'] "After the publication of my Introduction to the Devout Life, a critic chided me for addressing my Introduction to "Philothea." He said men did not want to read advice given to a woman. This puzzles me. Such men are not very manly. Devotion is for both sexes. Anyway, it is the aspiring soul that I call "Philothea." Gender is not involved. Still, rather than ignore my critic, I have addressed this new work to "Theotimus." I wonder, will a woman somewhere take offense? Will she refuse to read instruction given to males? Please understand that "Theotimus" is a name I coined for the human spirit that desires to deepen devotion and progress in holy love. This spirit is found equally in women and in men" (Treatise on the Love of God).
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Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 01:11 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Crusader_Philly - 06-04-2012, 03:07 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by TraditionalistThomas - 06-04-2012, 03:12 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by CollegeCatholic - 06-04-2012, 03:30 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Sondaar - 06-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Cetil - 06-04-2012, 08:41 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 10:22 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 10:28 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 10:45 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 01:31 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 02:04 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 02:28 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Vetus Ordo - 06-04-2012, 02:35 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 02:40 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 02:43 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Richard C - 06-04-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 02:52 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 03:16 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 03:18 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by rbjmartin - 06-04-2012, 04:12 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-04-2012, 04:18 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-04-2012, 05:18 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Anastasia - 06-04-2012, 06:21 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by rbjmartin - 06-04-2012, 06:31 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Anastasia - 06-04-2012, 06:40 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Richard C - 06-04-2012, 09:51 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by INPEFESS - 06-04-2012, 10:53 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 09:43 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Lycorth - 06-05-2012, 10:07 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 12:38 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 01:03 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Graham - 06-05-2012, 01:11 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-05-2012, 01:37 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-05-2012, 02:38 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by JayneK - 06-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 12:35 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Lycorth - 06-06-2012, 12:54 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 12:58 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by wallflower - 06-06-2012, 01:22 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-06-2012, 09:03 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Aegis - 06-06-2012, 04:58 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Vetus Ordo - 06-06-2012, 06:12 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 09:35 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Aegis - 06-06-2012, 10:27 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-06-2012, 11:46 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by charlesh - 06-07-2012, 12:06 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-07-2012, 12:14 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by The Dying Flutchman - 06-07-2012, 12:21 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by The Dying Flutchman - 06-07-2012, 12:23 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by The Dying Flutchman - 06-07-2012, 12:24 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-07-2012, 09:00 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by charlesh - 06-08-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 06-09-2012, 10:58 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-09-2012, 11:25 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Vetus Ordo - 06-09-2012, 11:43 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-09-2012, 11:50 AM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 06-09-2012, 01:33 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Aegis - 06-10-2012, 12:04 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Allan - 06-10-2012, 12:24 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 08-07-2012, 04:30 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by SCG - 08-07-2012, 04:41 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Scriptorium - 08-07-2012, 05:39 PM
Re: Male Spirituality - by Cesar_Augustus - 08-11-2012, 09:08 PM



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