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The Theological Virtue of Hope – Part 2 of 2

Continuing his discussion of the virtue of hope, Father Pegues distinguishes filial fear from servile fear, and then shows how the gift of fear of the Lord, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, corresponds to the virtue of … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Hope – Part 1 of 2

Father Pegues continues his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on the Theological Virtues (Summa Theologica II-II, 1-46) by discussing the virtue of hope. He says that the effect of the theological virtue of hope is that “our will, relying … Continue reading

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Quadrupani on Hope

Padre Quadrupani in Chapter Nine of his treatise argues that “the weakness of our souls is often attributable to lukewarmness in regard to the Christian virtue of hope.” Hence, he offers the following advice: “Hold fast to this great truth: … 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 1 of 5

Father Frassinetti advises: “If you are among the number of those souls that are too much cast down by the contemplation of Almighty God in His attribute of infinite justice, fix your gaze for the future on that of His … Continue reading

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Hoping for More Than We Deserve

Father Frassinetti asks: “Are you only to expect from our Lord what you deserve to have? Is this to be our hope—that God will treat us according to our own merits? . . . If God were to treat us … Continue reading

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The Fourth Effect of Sins of Omission

Cardinal Manning mentions that a fourth effect of sins of omission is despondency. “A consciousness of sin has the effect of depressing the soul, and, unless it soften it, of making it to doubt its own salvation; for where the … Continue reading

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