Author Archives: SaintlySages

Meekness

Padre Quadrupani writes: “Our Lord offers us in His Divine Person a model of all the virtues. Meekness, however, is the one that He seems to have wished more particularly to propose for our imitation since He said: ‘Learn of … Continue reading

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Pleasant Zeal

The following words of advice from saints and sages are especially for persons who profess piety, but who are, in the words of Padre Quadrupani, “so prone to irritability, so harsh and rude in their manners and language, that they … Continue reading

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Unreasonable Zeal

Padre Quadrupani shows how zeal can become unreasonable. He says: “There are pious persons whose zeal consists in wishing to make everybody adopt their particular practices of devotion. . . . This is not an enlightened zeal. Martha and Mary … Continue reading

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Zeal

Zeal, which is steady ardor in loving, can be reasonable or unreasonable. It can be unreasonable in two ways: when zealotry coerces others to love something, and when jealousy prevents others from loving something. Padre Quadrupani writes: “Zeal for the … Continue reading

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Rash Judgment, Suspicion, Mistrust

Rash judgment, suspicion, and mistrust are three distinct actions which are often confused with each other. The first is a sin; the second is not only permissible, but often a duty; and the third is merely an involuntary human passion. … Continue reading

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Practicing Charity

Padre Quadrupani discusses practical ways to put the virtue of charity into practice: “Assist your brethren in their needs whenever you can. However, you should always be careful to consult the laws of prudence in this matter and to be … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Charity

Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another.” (Jn 13:35) Accordingly, St. John writes: “He who saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, he is … Continue reading

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