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Degrees of Sin

Father Pegues continues his discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on virtues and vices by distinguishing between mortal and venial sins. He writes: “A sin is more or less grave according as it is opposed to the degree of good … Continue reading

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Original Sin

Father Pegues continues his discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on virtues and vices by elaborating upon original sin and its tragic consequences for the human race. Father Pegues explains that concupiscence did not exist before the fall of Adam, … Continue reading

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Holy Eucharist – Part 3 of 3

Father Cassilly writes: “With the wealth of sanctifying grace received in Communion come a host of actual graces, that urge, impel the soul to numerous acts of the theological and moral virtues, and blow the fire of charity to a … Continue reading

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Am I As Judas?

Cardinal Manning writes: “Judas is an example how a soul once innocent may be slowly changed into the worst sin.” He shows how a virtuous person can slide little by little into the gravest sins: “We may also meditate on … Continue reading

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A Man Born Blind

St. John tells of the time when Jesus Christ healed a man who was born blind: “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth” (Jn 9:1). St. Augustine offers this allegorical interpretation: “The … Continue reading

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Crossing the Line

Padre Quadrupani draws a thick line between involuntarily temptations and the voluntary commission of sin. “The attraction of the feelings towards the object presented by the imagination is at times so strong that the will seems to have been carried … Continue reading

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Temptation or Sin?

Drawing upon the wisdom and experience of Church Fathers, Padre Quadrupani illustrates the difference between involuntarily experiencing temptations and voluntarily committing sin. The holy abbot St. Antony was accustomed to say to the phantoms of his mind: “I see you, … Continue reading

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