Male companionship has been an important part of my life. I attended an all-male Jesuit school. Boys need male companionship. It is the reason that we have team sports. Our Lord sought me out as a boy and man-to-man when I matured. When male friendship is not valued, other problems surface, such as confusion over roles. The man who trains our altar boys told me that he has been asked again and again how to increase the number of servers, and he has recommended recruiting boys only. His success is 96 proof.
Boys learn through the study of history about the heroic man. Below is a picture of Father Aloysius Schmitt, Navy Chaplain, who had finished saying Mass on the USS Oklahoma right before the attack on Pearl Harbor. His corroded chalice and water-stained Latin prayer book were found in the wreckage. Killed at 32, priest for 6. Photo courtesy of Loras College.