Raising the Standard


In this talk geared for men, Tim begins with a brief recounting of Colonel (and later Lieutenant General) Lewis “Chesty” Puller and the heroic exploits of the Marines under his command at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. As a former Marine, Tim does a little bragging here concerning the great history of the Marines, but then gives some of the lesser known underlying reasons for this greatness rooted in the Marine Corps motto of “always faithful to God, Country and Corps.” From there, Tim draws a parallel to the history of our Catholic Church revealing a level of heroics that makes Marine Corps history pale in comparison. Both the Marine Corps and the Catholic Church similarly bring out the greatness in men because each “raises a standard” that challenges them beyond anything they would even consider on their own. When good men are challenged to fight for a cause that transcends themselves and in union with other men with the same vision and purpose, there is no obstacle that can stand in their way! 


Tim Staples is Director of Apologetics and Evangelization here at Catholic Answers, but he was not always Catholic. Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, Tim came back to faith in Christ during...