What's with whiskers?
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St. Augustine said, “The beard signifies the courageous; the beard distinguishes the grown men, the earnest, the active, the vigorous. So that when we describe such, we say, he is a bearded man.”
And St. Clement of Alexandria said God “has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him, as an attribute of manhood, with a shaggy chest — a sign of strength and rule.”
Who knew saints had commented on facial hair for men? It's become a trend in recent years for many of our priests and seminarians so we asked them why they are growing beards. Some said for solidarity and some said for competition. And at least one said it has gotten him into a little trouble.
Brother Roch at Subiaco Abbey said, “When I was a novice I was lighting candles in the church and I ended up setting part of it on fire. It burned one side of it pretty well."
The other monks and parishioners still talk about it. “All you can do is laugh," he said.
Read more of this fun story from the pages of Arkansas Catholic.