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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.

Self-Denial in Theory

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 observes: “In these words Our Saviour invites us to follow Him in the three … Continue reading

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Making Gold Shine

St. Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215) in his treatise Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved? shows how a person can put to a good use the wealth with which God has entrusted him. One can possess wealth … Continue reading

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If I Were a Rich Man

St. Clement of Alexandria, born Titus Flavius Clemens (ca. 150-215), answers the question: Can a wealthy person be saved? In his treatise Who Is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?, Clement argues that riches are no obstacle to salvation … Continue reading

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Striving for Perfection – Part 10 of 10

Father Geiermann concludes his discussion on striving for perfection by mentioning four things that people on the road to perfection do. First, they are attentive to details. “Attention to details is essential to produce a perfect work. Our daily life … Continue reading

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Striving for Perfection – Part 9 of 10

Father Geiermann notes that one who strives for perfection avoids occasions of sin and seeks opportunities for doing good. Concerning the avoidance of occasions of sin, he observes: “The occasion of sin is something external to us, which allures us … Continue reading

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Striving for Perfection – Part 8 of 10

Continuing his discussion of striving for perfection, Father Geiermann observes that the road to perfection is a gradual process that requires the traveler’s patience: “The spiritual life is composed of a divine and a human element. The divine element is … Continue reading

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Striving for Perfection – Part 7 of 10

Father Geiermann continues his discussion of striving for perfection by stating that a person seeking perfection should have a certain docility. He explains: “Docility is submissiveness to the will of God, whether made known by His law, through the voice … Continue reading

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