For many devout Catholic men, a beard is a sign of their strong faith. It marks them, as a man, but more specifically as a Catholic man. This is not to mean that a man who does not grow a beard is not a real Catholic, it just means that at some point he will feel the calling to grow one.
St. Augustine, a canonized Saint of the Catholic church, doctor and bearded man felt strongly enough about beards to write about them. His Psalm 133 is in large part a tribute to the beard, and talks at length at how one should anoint the head and beard with oils, or in our case, beard balm.
“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.” – St. Augustine Exposition on Psalm 133.
Beards have always been an important part of Catholic history going back to Adam. Think of all the great men that are a part of Catholic studies; Abraham, Issac, Aaron, Moses, David, Joseph, Jesus, Peter, Andrew and the rest of the apostles, Clement, Francis, Augustine, Leo, Olaf, Patrick, and the prophets. That’s a lot of facial hair for one sector of Christianity.
Making the Beard Work in Our Modern Society
With the lifestyles we lead today, men do not always feel like a beard will be accepted. This goes for their families, peers and especially in the workplace. Yet with the right grooming and styling, the Catholic man can wear his beard with pride while still fitting in with societal perceptions of what is acceptable.
If that is what has been holding you back from embracing your Catholic roots and growing a beard, it is very easy to fix by practicing good beard grooming habits. Start by picking a style that suits your face shape, and then practice shaping it using a top quality beard trimmer. Then make sure that you are cleaning it daily and applying beard balm to help keep the whiskers smooth and close to your face. In this way you will always look neat and presentable in your modern life, while still supporting the Catholic tradition of having a beard.
Beards are mentioned multiple times in the bible, because our Holy Father wants us to embrace our bodies in the way in which he created us. Men have beards for a reason, and by showing off yours you are showing your respect for your faith.Read More