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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.

Light and Shadows

In his book Endowments of Man, Archbishop Ullathorne explains that God gives us just the right amount of knowledge to allow us to choose whether or not to believe: “All things in the creation have their lights and shadows. There … Continue reading

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Lights

The human person is composed of a body and a spirit, and each part perceives a different kind of light. Archbishop Ullathorne in his book Endowments of Man distinguishes between these two kinds of light. “We receive two kinds of … Continue reading

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Mystery and Providence

In his book Endowments of Man, Archbishop Ullathorne reminds us of how little we know of our world, yet assures us that all its workings are safely in the care of Divine Providence: “The action of God is clearly visible … Continue reading

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Building Upon Humility

In his book Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Archbishop Ullathorne discusses at length the benefits of the virtue of humility. For example, he suggests that “a few truly humble souls will change the hearts of many, and will prevent much … Continue reading

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Vanity

In these excerpts from Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Archbishop Ullathorne examines the connection between pride and vanity: “If we compare pride in its elation to a dark, swelling wave, vanity is the foam upon its surface. If we compare … Continue reading

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Pride Among Us

Archbishop William Ullathorne enumerates a few ways in which pride gives rise to various social maladies: “Pride makes a man envious and jealous, peevish and passionate, contentious and disputatious. Easily provoked, he is hard to reconcile, especially when his self-esteem … Continue reading

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Rash Judgment

Archbishop Ullathorne asks the question: “How can anyone, having the light of Christ, think any other really worse than himself?” “To form true judgment of any soul, we must have the sum of all these elements of knowledge before us. … Continue reading

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