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The Theological Virtue of Faith – Part 4 of 4

Father Pegues concludes his discussion of the virtue of faith by emphasizing the importance of the gift of wisdom and the danger of the sin of folly, which is opposed to wisdom. He states that, of all virtues and gifts … Continue reading

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In the World, Not of the World

None of us has a choice in this: we are in the world, and we are all in it together. But each of us has a choice to be or not to be of the world. Here is how St. … Continue reading

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Prudence

St. Francis of Assisi cautions against worldly prudence: “We must not be wise or prudent according to the flesh, but simple, humble, and pure.” St. Catherine of Bologna observes: “No one ever yet relied upon his own prudence without, by … Continue reading

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Love, Not Envy

St. Antony of Padua speaks of the danger of the vice of envy: “Envy is a very fatal evil; when it has possession of a soul it troubles it, blinds it, and carries it into all kinds of excesses. Self-love … Continue reading

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Life in the World

St. Francis of Assisi makes this acute observation: “The spirit of the world cares much for words, but little for works; and it seeks not religion and sanctity of the heart, but a religion and sanctity which may appear before … Continue reading

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The Secret of Saints

Father Benson notes: “It is [Christ’s] reproach to the world, not that the Saviour came to the lost, and that the lost ran from Him to lose themselves more deeply, not that the Creator came to the Creature and that … Continue reading

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The First Effect of Sins of Omission

“I have already shown how sins that are venial lead to sins that are mortal,” says Cardinal Manning, “so I will now show how sins of omission lead on to sins of commission.” To illustrate this, he elaborates on slothfulness, … Continue reading

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