Leaving Boyhood Behind: Reclaiming Catholic Brotherhood

Leaving Boyhood Behind: Reclaiming Catholic Brotherhood

by Jason M. Craig


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What makes a man?

This is a question many men in our society today do not feel equipped to answer, because they were never initiated into manhood themselves. They do not know how to pass on authentic manliness to their sons, so boys get stuck in unending adolescence. Everyone suffers from the resulting crisis of male immaturity, and we see its effects everywhere in our society.

Leaving Boyhood Behind shows how we can actually do something to address this crisis. Author Jason Craig, cofounder of Fraternus, a Catholic mentoring program for boys, walks through each stage of initiation into manhood, helping readers understand:

  • What rites of passage are and why they are necessary for men
  • Christ’s own rites of passage and initiation
  • What it means for a young man to put away childhood
  • The importance of belonging vs. isolation in the life of men
  • The important role both mothers and fathers place in initiation
  • Discipline and the masculine identity
  • Living the ultimate rite of passage, and much more

“This book is an invaluable resource for all Catholics who care about the intellectual, physical, and spiritual development of the next generation of men.” — Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, author of Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681922706
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 139,341
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Joseph Pearce 11

Preface 15

Chapter 1 A Crisis of Maturity 21

Chapter 2 What Is a Rite of Passage? 31

Chapter 3 Jesus' Rite of Passage 41

Chapter 4 Putting Away Childhood 51

Chapter 5 Boys: Mothers' Pride and Sorrow 63

Chapter 6 The Experience of Initiation 75

Chapter 7 Initiation into Nothing 85

Chapter 8 Restoring Dominion 95

Chapter 9 Discipline and Identity 111

Chapter 10 Fraternal Culture 123

Chapter 11 Living the Ultimate Rite of Passage 139

Notes 145

Acknowledgments 150

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