Category Archives: Religion

Purification of the Sensitive Nature

God graciously helps people seeking spiritual perfection by purifying them in both their sensitive and intellectual faculties. Father Geiermann writes: “When a soul experiences the absence of sensible devotion and is unconscious of any infidelity to grace through pride or … Continue reading

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Delusions and Purification

Father Geiermann continues his discussion of sensible devotion by pointing out two dangers that appear at this stage in one’s spiritual journey. These dangers are delusions of pride and inordinate self-love. Concerning pride, he says of the soul: “Unless she … Continue reading

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Sensible Devotion

A person seeking spiritual perfection receives from God the grace of sensible devotion in the form of consolations felt by the human sensitive faculties. The Redemptorist Father Geiermann explains: “By the special dispensations of His Providence and the stimulating influence … Continue reading

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Free Gifts

Grace (Latin gratia; Greek charis) is a gift. A gift is something gratuitously bestowed. The giver is free to offer the gift; the receiver is free to accept or to reject it. If either the giver or the receiver is … Continue reading

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Doing Our Part

Pelagians asserted that God would not command man to do “what was impossible for human volition.” To this, St. Augustine (354-430) in Book II of his treatise De Peccatorum meritis et remissione (On the Merits and Remission of Sins) replies: … Continue reading

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Grace in Action

Pelagius (355-425) taught that we possess an inherent ability to overcome sin, perform good works, and merit our salvation; and he denied that divine grace is necessary for salvation. Pelagians believed that grace facilitates salvation, but that salvation does not … Continue reading

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Charity and Lust

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) in Book Three of his treatise De doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine) distinguishes between charity and lust: “I mean by charity that affection of the mind which aims at the enjoyment of God for His … Continue reading

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