I am a married practicing Catholic with three young children. I am orthodox in my beliefs and faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. I created this blog to reach out to Catholics everywhere, especially men. For too long we have been complacent as we have sat back and did nothing while society crumbled and the Catholic Church was attacked from the inside by scandal, bad leadership, and a lack of faith. The purpose of this blog is to hopefully inspire more men through the articles and resources provided here to stand up for our families and faith and rebuild our Church. Proverbs 27:17 is the inspiration for this blog and the reason I call it Ironworks. I hope to make this a place were we as Christians can find encouragement and ideas to “sharpen” and strengthen one another during these difficult times.
The other question you may be asking yourself is what is “In Hoc Signo Vinces”? This translates to “In this symbol, you will conquer” or “ In this banner, you will be victorious.” The story for this comes from the emperor Constantine and the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, which you can read about in detail here. Constantine had a vision in which he claims he saw these words and the Chi Ro symbol in the sky. He then said that Christ appeared to him, explained the vision and told him to use this symbol against his enemies. Constantine, from that point onward, used this symbol as his banner and was victorious. The Chi Ro, as seen in the stone carving in this blog’s bottom banner, are the first two Greek letters in the name Christ.
I felt that this is a powerful symbol and message to remind us that, regardless of what we are told or what the odds may seem, in Christ all things are possible. As long as Christ is our banner and we seek to do His will, we will be victorious.
On a more personal note, In Hoc Signo Vinces is also used as a motto by the Sisters of Charity of Quebec. These sisters operated Mt. St. Joseph School which I attended from Kindergarten through eighth grade. It was from the dedicated sisters and lay teachers at that school that I not only learned much about my faith but I also learned the value of discipline and respect. I decided to use this motto not only because the inspirational story of Constantine, but also as a tribute to those sisters and teachers at Mt. St. Joseph that had such a positive influence in my life.