Tag Archives: Lent

Limitations

Father Geiermann defines man’s limitations as “those circumstances of his earthly pilgrimage which confine his efforts within the plan of God.” We are subject to limitations regarding our life, our talents, opportunities for serving God, and grace. “Life is our … Continue reading

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Objects of Self-Examination – Part 3 of 3

Continuing his discussion of things to consider when examining one’s spiritual life, Father Geiermann mentions three things that frequently cause us trouble: Ambition is “any desire and willingness to do great things. . . . God has implanted ambition in … Continue reading

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Objects of Self-Examination – Part 2 of 3

Father Geiermann continues his discussion of things to consider when examining one’s spiritual life: Regarding human imperfections, he writes: “An imperfection may be defined (1) as an act or omission opposed to a mere counsel; (2) as the material transgression … Continue reading

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Objects of Self-Examination – Part 1 of 3

Father Geiermann suggests ten things to consider when examining one’s spiritual life: sinful actions, bad habits, one’s predominant fault, human imperfections, idiosyncrasies, delusions concerning wrong principles and self-love, ambition, self-will, and sensuality. The first three, he notes, are appropriate for … Continue reading

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Particular Types of Self-Examination

In addition to a general examination of one’s spiritual condition, Father Geiermann elaborates upon three particular types of self-examination: The first is the daily examination of conscience. Concerning this, he says: “In the examination of conscience which we are urged … Continue reading

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Self-Examination

Father Geiermann elaborates upon the key role of self-examination in one’s spiritual development. He writes: “Self-knowledge is a necessary requisite for prudent self-denial. It is naturally difficult to attain (1) because it is almost impossible for us to obtain a … Continue reading

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Self-Denial in Practice

How does one practice self-denial? Father Geiermann notes: “To insure the success of an undertaking we must do three things: (1) concentrate our efforts on what is essential; (2) follow a wise plan in our development; and (3) pay proper … Continue reading

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