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Fenelon On Spiritual Perfection

Francois Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambrai, makes these suggestions for living a spiritual life: “Most people when they wish to reform, pay much more attention to filling their life with certain difficult and extraordinary actions, than to purifying their intention and … Continue reading

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Liberating the Scrupulous

Padre Quadrupani suggests a strategy for banishing unreasonable scruples of conscience, thereby liberating the spiritual wayfarer from his prison and enabling him to progress onward and upward. “It is a secret pride,” says St. Francis de Sales, “that entertains and … Continue reading

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Piety Facilitating Sociability

Padre Quadrupani says: “Generally speaking, it is wrong for those whom God does not call to abandon the world, to seclude themselves entirely and to shun all society suited to their position in life. God, who is the source of … Continue reading

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Unreasonable Zeal

Padre Quadrupani shows how zeal can become unreasonable. He says: “There are pious persons whose zeal consists in wishing to make everybody adopt their particular practices of devotion. . . . This is not an enlightened zeal. Martha and Mary … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Charity

Jesus said, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another.” (Jn 13:35) Accordingly, St. John writes: “He who saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, he is … Continue reading

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On Repeating Prayers

Padre Quadrupani has much to say about the inclination to repeat prayers said while distracted: “Never repeat a prayer, even should you have said it with many distractions. You cannot imagine the innumerable difficulties in which you may become entangled … Continue reading

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Praying Amidst Distractions

Padre Quadrupani gives advice on what to do when distractions plague us as we pray: “When you have not consciously or voluntarily yielded to distractions, do not stop to find what may have been their cause, or to discover if … Continue reading

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