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throw like Willie Mays, have the agility of Henry Aaron, the consistency and hard work of Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson. Young pitchers would dream of pitching like Cy Young and Randy Johnson. As they see each of these players play the game in different ways, they are inspired to a love of baseball. Yet far greater than a ball game is what Catholic men seek. We look to the saints as to heroes, striving to live like Christ, united to Him and learning from Him at the same time. In a dramatic way to which we can relate, the saint’s life says Ecce homo!, “Here is the man!” This is what St. Paul implies when he writes, “It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Each man should make a decision to have a patron Saint. While there are many more, I offer the names of ten saints with whom each and every Catholic man should become familiar. Next to each saint’s name is listed the virtue with which he is associated, as well as the sin which opposes that virtue. When we identify our sin and the needed virtue, we can identify which saint’s intercession will be particularly helpful: • St. Joseph (Trust in God – selfishness) • St. John the Baptist (Humility – arrogance) • St. Paul (Adherence to Truth – mediocrity) • St. Michael the Archangel (Obedience to God – licentiousness and rebelliousness) • St. Benedict (Prayer and Devotion to God – sloth) • St. Francis of Assisi (Happiness – moralism) • St. Thomas More (Integrity – double-mindedness) • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (Chastity – lust) - 12 -

Into the Breach  

An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men

Into the Breach  

An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men