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The Theological Virtue of Charity – Part 5 of 5

Father Pegues concludes his exposition of the virtue of charity by discussing the six vices opposed to the peace which flows from charity. These are discord within the soul, wrangling, schism, strife, sedition, and warfare. Discord occurs when one refuses … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Charity – Part 4 of 5

Father Pegues continues his exposition of the virtue of charity by discussing the vices opposed to charity. First, there is the vice of hatred, which is directly opposed to charity. Then, there is scandal, which is opposed to kindliness. Next, … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Charity – Part 3 of 5

Father Pegues continues his discussion of the effects of the virtue of charity by mentioning its external effects: kindliness and almsdeeds. Kindliness consists in doing good to others. When one has a particular reason for doing good, the virtue of … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Charity – Part 2 of 5

Father Pegues elaborates upon the internal and external effects of the virtue of charity; and first, the three internal effects, which are joy, peace, and mercy. Concerning joy, he writes: “When the soul has the virtue of charity and performs … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Charity – Part 1 of 5

Father Pegues continues his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on the Theological Virtues (Summa Theologica II-II, 1-46) by discussing the virtue of charity (love). Charity is “a special virtue which has precisely the role of making man lead a … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Hope – Part 2 of 2

Continuing his discussion of the virtue of hope, Father Pegues distinguishes filial fear from servile fear, and then shows how the gift of fear of the Lord, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, corresponds to the virtue of … Continue reading

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The Theological Virtue of Hope – Part 1 of 2

Father Pegues continues his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on the Theological Virtues (Summa Theologica II-II, 1-46) by discussing the virtue of hope. He says that the effect of the theological virtue of hope is that “our will, relying … Continue reading

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