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The Theological Virtue of Faith – Part 3 of 4

Father Pegues continues his discussion of the virtue of faith by showing how four of the gifts of the Holy Spirit—wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and counsel—assist the virtue of faith. The gift of understanding assists in three ways. First, it “succours … Continue reading

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Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Father Pegues continues his discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on the virtues by mentioning the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We have need of the three theological virtues and the four cardinal morals virtues in order to … Continue reading

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Gifts and Beatitudes

St. Augustine of Hippo shows how the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit correspond to the first seven Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-9), and how these seven are contained in the Eighth Beatitude (Mt 5:10). He says: “Here the first place is … Continue reading

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Holy Fear of God Inspires Confidence

Father Frassinetti states: “The holy fear of God ought to inspire great confidence. . . . He inspires in us the feeling of His holy fear that we may avoid sin, that we may repent when we have sinned, that … Continue reading

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Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 5 of 5

Concluding his discussion of spiritual tranquility, Father Frassinetti advises: “Do not torment yourself with fears on account of the temptations which assail you so strongly and so frequently. It is clear that God permits them in order to be able … Continue reading

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Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 4 of 5

Father Frassinetti notes: “One great fear which frequently causes much anguish to some devout souls is the possibility, from one moment to another, of falling into mortal sin, particularly when suffering from great and continual temptations.” “Do you imagine that … Continue reading

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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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