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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Jun 26, 2020

This is the second half of an interview with G.C. Dilsaver on his book The Three Marks of Manhood: How to be Priest, Prophet and King of Your Family. Dr. Dilsaver discusses how the Christian husband and father must wield three staves: the scepter of authority, the crosier of co-episcopacy, and the cross of redemption.

This last is most important, as the Christian patriarch's mandate is to lead in self-abnegation so that he may decrease and Christ may increase. The measure of his success is not in providing materially for his family but in teaching them by example to love God above all else and to suffer well for His sake.


The Scepter of Authority

[3:30] Exercising one’s authority delegated by God is a duty in obedience and humility—but that means authority is not based on superiority in intelligence, goodness, etc.

[7:06] Humiliation in the exercise of authority

[10:06] Why modern men run away from their authority

[14:10] Christian patriarchy as the greatest bastion against the overreaching State

The Crosier of Co-Episcopacy

[18:10] A father is his family’s spiritual leader and representative/intercessor before God

[21:08] The need for an intense prayer life to be a truly engaged and militant Catholic man

[23:49] The cloistered home—not to escape the world, but to enter the depth of reality

[26:45] The father too must be devoted to the home

[28:15] The prophetic role; practical ways of being the priest of the domestic church

The Cross of Redemption

[36:07] Rebirth in Christ through the experience of weakness and failure

[37:58] Danger of father seeing himself mainly as material provider, not teaching family to suffer well

[45:15] Critique of “suburban secular Christianity”, the problem with “coping” with reality

[49:12] Familial asceticism: poverty, chastity and obedience in the home

[57:51] Setting an example in obedience to the Church and, at times, defiance of the State

[1:02:38] How the Cross transforms and fulfills romantic love


The Three Marks of Manhood

Psychomoralitics website

Psychomoralitics book

Celebrating God-Given Gender

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