On a lighter note, from our RC friends – the beard as a sacramental!

I think it’s important to be a man of virtue and distinction, and I think that in this vein the beard works as an excellent sacramental that sets us apart as men who desire these virtues. A sign of our masculinity in the world. I think a man can pursue these graces and virtues without a beard, but I don’t know why you would.

Source: This Is The Greatest Thing To Happen To Bearded Catholics Since The Franciscans… | uCatholic

While I am not Roman Catholic, as an Anglican I am part of the Church Catholic; and while I know many fine, earnest, and dedicated Christian men who do not sport beards, as a bearded man myself, I cannot fail to doff my hat to this sentiment!

Apparently the view was shared by no less an authority than the great saint and doctor of the Church, St. Augustine of Hippo:

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See also LentenBeards: Praying with the Bearded Saints – and of course, to tend your own beard in an appropriate blessed fashion, Catholic Balm Co.!