Tag Archives: Humility

Spiritual Perfection

Padre Quadrupani discusses our journey toward spiritual perfection. He starts off by making this distinction: “A Christian is not obliged to be perfect, but to tend continually towards perfection; that is to say, he must labor unceasingly and with all … Continue reading

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Riddle of the Three Questions

Archbishop Ullathorne in his Groundwork of the Christian Virtues treats us to a riddle with profound implications: “There was a king both young and wise, the Solomon of his age, who took delight in putting questions that were shrewd and … Continue reading

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The Clumsy Builder

In Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Archbishop Ullathorne gives us the delightful and instructive analogy of The Clumsy Builder. “The building will now be complete, provided it has had a wise and skilful builder who really under stands his work. … Continue reading

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Building Upon Humility

In his book Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Archbishop Ullathorne discusses at length the benefits of the virtue of humility. For example, he suggests that “a few truly humble souls will change the hearts of many, and will prevent much … Continue reading

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Rash Judgment

Archbishop Ullathorne asks the question: “How can anyone, having the light of Christ, think any other really worse than himself?” “To form true judgment of any soul, we must have the sum of all these elements of knowledge before us. … Continue reading

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He Practiced What He Preached

St. Francis de Sales, the “Gentle Bishop of Geneva,” was known for the gentle and practical spiritual guidance he offered to those in his care. As for his own spiritual life and practices, the introduction to Maxims and Counsels of … Continue reading

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Sorrow for Sin

Padre Quadrupani teaches that, since contrition is an act of the will, “sighs, tears, sensible sorrow are not necessary elements of true contrition.” Nevertheless, some degree of sorrow more often than not accompanies contrition and repentance. But good and useful … Continue reading

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