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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.

Praying For The Wrong Things

Father Girardey gives two reasons why some prayers go unanswered as asked. One reason is the unworthiness of the petitioner; the other is the unsuitability of the petition. Concerning the second reason, he writes: “Some persons are not heard when … Continue reading

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Praying Unworthily

The Redemptorist Father Ferreol Girardey offers two reasons to explain why some prayers go unanswered as asked. The first has to do with the worthiness of the petitioner; the second, with the suitability of the petition. As for the first … Continue reading

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The Value of Kindness

Father Faber emphasizes the value of kindness in the spiritual life. He says: “Kindness does so much for us that it would be almost more easy to enumerate what it does not do than to sum up what it does. … Continue reading

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Selfishness and Humility in the Spiritual Life

Father Faber states: “There is always a certain sort of selfishness in the spiritual life. The order of charity rules it so. Our first consideration is the glory of God in our own souls. . . . Hence, even while … Continue reading

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Kindness Supplants Pride

Father Faber points out a dilemma: “Few men can do without praise, and there are few circumstances under which a man can be praised without injuring him.” He observes: “Some men can do without the praise of others because their … Continue reading

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The Power of Kindness

Father Faber exclaims, “Oh, what a wretched thing it is to be unkind!” He continues: “If we have no notion of the far-reaching mischief which unkindness does, so neither can we rightly estimate the good which kindness may do. Very … Continue reading

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Kindness Helps Prevent Evil and Promote Good

Father Faber shows how recipients of kind acts receive two benefits: they are discouraged from committing evil, and they are encouraged to do good. Concerning the first, he says that an act of kindness can help prevent a person from … Continue reading

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