Tag Archives: Penance

Be Always Beginning

Cardinal Manning, former archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, England, encourages perseverance on our spiritual journey through life: “Be always beginning,” he urges. “Never think that you can relax, or that you have attained the end. St. Francis … Continue reading

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Conversion

The editor of Light and Peace quotes St. Francis de Sales extensively on various aspects of conversion from sin: St. Francis says: “God has, indeed, on some occasions cured sinners instantaneously and without leaving in them any trace of their … 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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Moderation in Penance

Padre Quadrupani draws upon the wisdom and experience of Catholic saints to urge moderation in the practice of penance. “St. Jerome teaches that when the devil cannot turn a soul away from the love of virtue, he tries to urge … Continue reading

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Penance

The Psalmist declares: “A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit; a contrite and humble heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Ps 50:17) On the subject of doing penance—a practice often misunderstood—Padre Quadrupani begins his instruction with the fundamentals: … Continue reading

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On Repeating Prayers

Padre Quadrupani has much to say about the inclination to repeat prayers said while distracted: “Never repeat a prayer, even should you have said it with many distractions. You cannot imagine the innumerable difficulties in which you may become entangled … Continue reading

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Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 2 of 5

Father Frassinetti states: “As long as you possess the holy love of God you cannot possibly be wanting in a holy fear of Him; because whosoever loves God necessarily fears to offend God, necessarily dreads hell, which is the eternal … Continue reading

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