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SaintlySages Blog and Twitter offers the words of saints and sages for meditation and reflection. SacredHymns is a collection of sacred hymns for prayer and meditation. ScripturalPostscript offers reflections on selected passages of Sacred Scripture.

I Languish With Love

“I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him I languish with love” (Cant 5:8). The Jesuit Father Francis Cassilly comments: “This life is an exile from home, prolonged through the dragging years. … Continue reading

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Meriting Happiness

Father Pegues concludes his discussion of human happiness by explaining how one attains ultimate happiness: “Man can come to possess God, his Supreme Good, and to enjoy Him, by an act of his intellect which is moved to this by … Continue reading

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The Object of Human Happiness

Father Pegues discusses the ultimate object of human happiness, man’s greatest good and final end, as presented by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Treatise on the Last End (Summa Theologica I-II, 1-5). Father Pegues writes: “Man under the higher action … Continue reading

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Of Human Mind and Will

Father Pegues concludes his discussion of the human powers by elaborating upon the intellective faculties of reason and will. The chief power of knowing in man is his reason, his intellect. Reasoning is an act proper to man because, of … Continue reading

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Primordial Man

Father Pegues discusses St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on man’s primordial state. St. Thomas treats of this at length in his Treatise on Man (Summa Theologica I, 75-102). God created man in a state of great perfection: (1) his mind possessed … Continue reading

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Governing the World

The Dominican Father Thomas Pegues gives a synopsis of the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas on God’s providential government of the world. St. Thomas’ teaching on the subject is found in his Treatise on the Divine Government (Summa Theologica I, … Continue reading

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Holy Eucharist – Part 3 of 3

Father Cassilly writes: “With the wealth of sanctifying grace received in Communion come a host of actual graces, that urge, impel the soul to numerous acts of the theological and moral virtues, and blow the fire of charity to a … Continue reading

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