Tag Archives: Merit

Grace and Merit

Father Pegues discusses St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on grace, as presented in the saint’s Treatise On Grace (Summa Theologica I-II, 109-114). Father Pegues notes that laws help a person to live a virtuous life by avoiding a life of sin. … Continue reading

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Do I Really Love God?

Father Cassilly writes: “We need not be distressed by uncertainty whether we love God, for Christ Himself has given us the criterion. At the Last Supper He said to His Apostles: ‘He that hath My commandments and keepeth them, he … Continue reading

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Meriting Happiness

Father Pegues concludes his discussion of human happiness by explaining how one attains ultimate happiness: “Man can come to possess God, his Supreme Good, and to enjoy Him, by an act of his intellect which is moved to this by … Continue reading

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Steadily Perfecting

Advancing in the spiritual life and becoming more and more virtuous is attained little by little. Padre Quadrupani makes these suggestions for progressing steadily in this lifelong journey: “We should not undertake to perfect ourselves upon all points at once; … Continue reading

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A Good Day’s Work

St. Francis of Assisi and his followers believed in putting in a good day’s work. Here is how St. Francis would have the brethren conduct themselves throughout each day: “Be patient in tribulation, watchful in prayer, strenuous in labours, modest … Continue reading

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Temptations in Perspective

In the following, St. Francis de Sales and Padre Quadrupani put temptations into perspective. “These persistent temptations come from the malice of the devil,” says St. Francis de Sales, “but the trouble and suffering they cause us come from the … 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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