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Samuel Baker lives in England and is married with four children, several chickens and a couple of pet rats. He is a full time teacher of Business Studies in a High School.

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Faith & Life

Hope And Despair In Lord of the Rings – The Choice Facing Catholic Men Today

It has become an annual Christmas ritual that my wife and children sit down and watch the whole extended version…

Holiness

God and the Gym (Part 4): No Pain, No Gain

Today we present the final installment of our God and the Gym series, a poetic reflection on rigorous fitness, physical…

Holiness

God and the Gym (Part 3): Unity and Community

I want to develop the theme of unity of body and soul, introduced at the end of my last article…

Holiness

God and the Gym (Part 2): False Starts and New Resolutions

To begin is for everyone. To persevere is for saints. ~ St. Josemaria Escriva An active physical life and an…

Faith & Life

God and the Gym (Part 1): The Rules of Conduct

My gym has a few things it can teach us church-going folk, especially when it comes to taking liberties with…

masculinity
Jesus Christ

Behold the Man! – Masculinity Series Part 5

Men, Manhood & Masculinity Over the next five articles, we will embark on a brief exploration of the complex and…

masculinity
Family

Beholden to Other Men: Masculinity Series Part 4

Over the next five articles, we will embark on a brief exploration of the complex and often overlooked topic of…

Faith & Life

Becoming More Manly: Masculinity Series Part 3

Men, Manhood & Masculinity Over the next five articles, we will embark on a brief exploration of the complex and…

Family

“Canvas of My Life” – A Journey From Wild Youth to Anchored Manhood

The following is a companion piece to Part 3 of our Masculinity Series, “Becoming More Manly.” The glory of God…

masculinity
Faith & Life

Being a Man: Masculinity Series Part 2

Over the next five articles, we will embark on a brief exploration of the complex and often overlooked topic of…

Faith & Life

“Be a Man!”: Has Society Broken True Masculinity?

Over the next five articles, we will embark on a brief exploration of the complex and often overlooked topic of…

Faith & Life

7 Reasons You Can’t Figure Out What Vocation You’re Called To

One of the great joys of being a teacher is watching my students’ growing awareness of who or what they want…