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

Cardinal Moral Virtues – Part 3 of 3

Father Geiermann continues his discussion of the moral virtues by elaborating upon the cardinal virtues of temperance and fortitude. “Temperance is the virtue which moderates our desires according to right reason. It establishes order and moderation in all we say … Continue reading

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Cardinal Moral Virtues – Part 2 of 3

Father Geiermann continues his discussion of the moral virtues by elaborating upon the cardinal virtue of justice and upon the virtue of religion, which is a type of justice. “Justice is the virtue which renders to every one his due. … Continue reading

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Cardinal Moral Virtues – Part 1 of 3

St. Bonaventure teaches: “Let prudence guide your reason, let fortitude govern your temper, let temperance govern your desires, and let justice rule all your actions.” Father Geiermann writes: “All the moral virtues are subordinated to the four principal ones which … Continue reading

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Theological Virtues

St. Paul said: “Now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity” (1 Cor 13:13). Father Geiermann writes: “By uniting us directly to God each of the theological virtues exercises a fourfold influence … Continue reading

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Virtue in Practice

Christ said, “If any man will come after Me let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Lk 9:23). Father Geiermann writes: “By self-denial we clear the ground, by prayer we accept the plan of … Continue reading

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Types of Prayer

Father Geiermann classifies prayer into three types: vocal, mental, and mixed: “Vocal prayer is prayer expressed in words. Though no definite formula is necessary for vocal prayer, it is advisable to use the prayers approved by the Church to safeguard … Continue reading

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Prayer of Petition

Father Geiermann discusses the essentials of prayer of petition. He writes: “It always includes three things: the raising of the mind to God, the presenting of a petition, and a reason for invoking the divine aid. . . . Our … Continue reading

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