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Uncharitable Conversations

St. Paul writes: “Contend not in words, for it is to no profit, but to the subversion of the hearers.” (2 Tm 2:14) Concerning this perennial bane of social interaction, Padre Quadrupani remarks: “Disputes, sarcasm, bitter language, and intolerance for … Continue reading

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How Satan Tempts Servants of God

Cardinal Manning points out that “even those whom we call servants of God, who have really turned away from Satan, and are confirmed in a life of faith and piety, they too have special temptations.” Sometimes “he comes as a … Continue reading

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Calumny and Detraction

Both calumny and detraction unjustly damage a person’s reputation by revealing a fault. The calumniator knows the accusation to be false, whereas the detractor believes it to be true. Here is what four Franciscan saints have to say about detraction: … Continue reading

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The Fourth Effect of Venial Sin

Cardinal Manning says that the fourth effect of venial sins is that they displease God. He adds, “Can any sin be small which displeases God? When we walk about at noonday, we walk about in the full splendour of the … Continue reading

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Dealing With Calumny and Detraction

St. Jerome observes: “No one wishes to relate calumnies and murmurs to ears closed with disgust. Is there anyone so foolish as to shoot arrows against a stone wall?” Accordingly, Father Valuy advises: “Let your strict silence be a significant … Continue reading

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Uncharitable Conversations

Father Valuy asserts that uncharitable conversations are the principal danger to fraternal charity. Consult the wisdom of Sacred Scripture: “Truly death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov 18:21). “Although the sword has been the instrument of … Continue reading

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External Senses – Part 2 of 3

Continuing his discussion on bringing the five external senses under the control of reason, Father Geiermann addresses the sense of hearing. He writes: “If we do not wish to be imbued with false principles and desire to preserve our hearts … Continue reading

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