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Characteristics of Fraternal Charity – Part 3 of 4

Father Valuy insists: “We must pardon and do good for evil, as God has pardoned us and rendered good for evil in Jesus Christ. . . . Charity gives no occasion to others to suffer, but suffers all patiently.” “Charity … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Fraternal Charity – Part 2 of 4

The author of The Imitation of Christ observes: “We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we mend not our own defects. We would have others strictly corrected, but are not fond of being corrected ourselves. The large liberty of … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Fraternal Charity – Part 1 of 4

Father Valuy writes: “[Charity] cannot live with pride, the disease of a soul full of itself. It willingly prefers others by considering their good qualities and one’s own defects, and shows this exteriorly when occasion offers by many sincere proofs. … Continue reading

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Fraternal Charity

Here and in the next several posts, we shall read excerpts from Fraternal Charity by the Jesuit Father Benoit Valuy (1808-1869). Father Valuy wrote this short treatise for members of religious orders. However, as the translator notes, it may be … Continue reading

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How to Examine One’s Conscience

Father Guibert outlines the process: “In an examination of conscience, the eyes of the soul will first of all look in the direction of one’s dominant fault; for there it is that the chief gaps in the moral life appear. … Continue reading

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Reluctance to Examine One’s Conscience

Although an examination of conscience is salutary for one’s spiritual life, many are reluctant to do it. Father Guibert likens their circumspection to that of certain physically ill people “who avoid getting to know their own true condition, in order … Continue reading

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Examination of Conscience Invites Conversion

Father Guibert observes: “Every tradesman who has the prosperity of his house at heart remains faithfully at his place of business; he receives the goods himself, he takes care of their safety and checks their sale; he keeps his books … Continue reading

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