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Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 3 of 5

Continuing his discussion of spiritual tranquility, Father Frassinetti writes: “Neither should we lose this tranquillity from a dread of hidden mortal sin. . . . Sin cannot be mortal unless it be deliberate, either in itself or in the cause … Continue reading

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Now Is the Time

Father Frassinetti states that if one wishes to arrive at Christian perfection, one should “desire much and ardently its attainment.” He cautions: “Do not fancy that it is pride which moves you to desire perfect sanctity. . . . It … Continue reading

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Perfection in Every State of Life

One might ask: “How can I become holy in the state of life in which I am placed? In the midst of the world, surrounded with perils, oppressed with cares for my family, obliged to work hard, to buy and … Continue reading

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St. Alphonsus on Mental Prayer

St. Alphonsus de Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists and Doctor of the Church, has this to say about mental prayer: “Prayer is absolutely necessary for our salvation, and mental prayer is necessary to pray well. Without mental prayer we can … Continue reading

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The Need for Mental Prayer

Father Girardey observes: “A general experience proves that many vocal prayers do not bring much, if any, profit to our souls, and this for several reasons. To pray well, and therefore profitably and efficaciously, we must pray not only with … Continue reading

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Praying for Material Wants

Father Girardey continues his discussion of the objects of prayer by explaining how we ought to ask God to supply our material needs. “As for our corporal or material wants we should pray God for our daily bread, according to … Continue reading

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Faith, Confidence, and Perseverance

Father Girardey highlights three characteristics of a good prayer: faith, confidence, and perseverance. He writes: “Jesus insists on the necessity of faith and confidence in our prayers. . . . Moreover, God defers granting our prayer for our own advantage, … Continue reading

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