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  • Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today?

    03/26/2015 8:25:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 55 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-25-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fathers and Daughters – Is This a Missing Key to Modesty Today? By: Msgr. Charles PopeWe often speak today of the terrible toll that fatherless homes have on young boys. And this is true. Without a reasonably good (even though not sinless) model of manhood and responsibility, many boys lose their way. Fathers also play a large role in disciplining boys, especially as they grow older and become  stronger than their mothers.But missing fathers also bring forth terrible effects on many girls. Women, even young girls, certainly do seek and desire the love and appreciation of men and have...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Cardinal Virtues, Temperance

    03/14/2015 9:59:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | not given |
    Temperance Or: Avoiding Ruin  Throughout our lives, we will all have struggles against temptations for what we know to be detrimental to ourselves and others. Temperance is the virtue which counteracts these temptations. Temperance enables us to keep from doing what is wrong, even when we have strong feelings for it. In other words, temperance is what keeps us from sinning, even when we want to.  Notice that temperance is the last of the cardinal virtues. That's because temperance is about maintaining the good, but you can only maintain the good if you already have some idea of what...
  • Tolerance Has Its Place, But Also Its Limits – A Brief Consideration--a Widely Misunderstood Virtue

    03/12/2015 11:41:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Tolerance Has Its Place, But Also Its Limits – A Brief Consideration of a Widely Misunderstood Virtue By: Msgr. Charles PopeYesterday we discussed the intolerance of the very radicals who are forever calling for tolerance. A couple of people wrote in to indicate that they consider my stance duplicitous, since I likely support Archbishop Cordeleone’s stance requiring Catholic School teachers to demonstrate loyalty to Catholic teachings and promise not to teach to the contrary in Catholic schools. I do in fact support the good Archbishop. But I do not accept the charge of duplicity.Why? Because, as I hope to teach, tolerance is...
  • What is Piety and How Does the Modern Diminishment of it Spell Doom for Us?

    03/10/2015 8:13:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washngton ^ | 03-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Piety and How Does the Modern Diminishment of it Spell Doom for Us? By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the modern world, the word “piety” has come to be associated with being religious. And while it does have religious application, its original meaning was far wider and richer. The English word “piety” comes from the Latin pietas, which spoke of family love and by extension love for one’s ancestors,  one’s country, and surely God. Cicero defined pietas as the virtue “which admonishes us to do our duty to our country or our parents or other blood relations.”For the ancient Romans,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series2015: Cardinal Virtues, Prudence

    03/05/2015 5:03:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | not given |
    Prudence   Smart Living  Alright, let's review: we want to be happy, and we want to pursue goods in a way that will make us happy. This means we have to learn how to act well, which in turn involves an acquisition of virtue. If that sounds complicated, let me put it more simply: virtue is about doing the right things, and if we do the right things, we will become happy. But what is the first thing we need if we want to do the right thing? Well obviously, we need to know what the right thing to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015. Theological Virtues" Charity

    03/04/2015 2:57:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Catholic News ^ | not given |
     Charity Or: Loving as God Loves  The two terms "love" and "charity" are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, "I love hot chocolate," or "I love basketball," or even "I love America," and these kinds of love, while all good in themselves, still fall somewhat short of the love that is charity. What sort of love is charity, then? Quite simply, charity is the Love of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Hope

    03/02/2015 3:17:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicNewsAgency. com ^ | not given | CNA
    Hope Or: Striving for Heaven  As we saw in the previous lesson, Faith reveals to us God's supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of each human person lies in the attainment of Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it is time to begin working towards that objective. That's where the theological virtue of Hope enters the picture. Hope is the virtue whereby the individual strives for Heaven as something which is possible, but not yet guaranteed.  There are, then, three conditions needed for the virtue of hope: firstly, an active...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: Theological Virtues, Faith

    02/28/2015 9:18:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 2015 | CatholicNewsAgency
    Faith God's Truth in Our Souls  Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural perspective before you can live a supernatural life. That supernatural perspective is faith.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Faith as Belief  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The notion of faith is hard to get a handle on initially, so to start out...
  • How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux

    02/25/2015 6:27:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Does Pride Accumulate in Our Life? A Reflection on a Teaching by St. Bernard of Clairvaux By: Msgr. Charles PopeSo you think the idea of the “Twelve Steps” is new? Well, if you think you’ve got a new idea, go back and see how the Greeks put it, or in this case how the Medieval Latins put it. St. Bernard of Clairvaux identified twelve steps up the mountain of pride in his work Steps of Humility and Pride.In today’s post, we focus on the Twelve Steps of Pride. Tomorrow, we’ll tackle the Twelve Steps of Humility (from St. Benedict’s rule). ...
  • Faith-Hope-Charity

    01/01/2015 10:41:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | not given | Catechism of the Catholic Church
    Faith-Hope-Charity From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedThe Three Theological Virtues (1812-1813) The three theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity) allow man to share in God's nature. These virtues relate directly to God who directly infuses these three virtues into the soul where they make the believers capable of living as God's children and meriting eternal life.Believing What God Revealed (1814-1816) By faith, we believe in God, in all that he has revealed, and in all that the Church proposes for our belief. Faith leads to a total committal. "The righteous shall live by faith" (Rom 1:17).When faith...
  • For Advent -- 24 Quotes About Purity That Every Young (& Old) Catholic Should Know

    12/02/2014 5:57:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 12-02-14 | John Ritchie
    24 Quotes About Purity That Every Young (& Old) Catholic Should Know   By John Ritchie     Impurity is plastered everywhere today: Movies, TV, billboards, music, entertainment, books, and magazines. We must fight back.  To that end the following collection of quotes -- many of which are authored by Doctors of the Church -- will provide you with the support and encouragement you need to stand your ground and fight for purity. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." -- Matthew 5:8   “Holy Purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so...
  • Good Times for Dogs, Not So Good for Babies – A Reflection on the Perversity of Modern Culture

    12/01/2014 7:56:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    > Good Times for Dogs, Not So Good for Babies – A Reflection on the Perversity of Modern Culture By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn moral decline, both personal and cultural, the problem is that not only do we desire what is evil, we also stop desiring that which is good and holy. At the heart of desiring what is evil (or what is good, but to excess), are pride, greed, lust, and gluttony. Sloth and envy are more involved in no longer desiring what is good.Sloth is a kind or sorrow or aversion to the good things God offers to us, involving everything...
  • Why Did Christ Humble Himself in the Face of Evil?

    11/06/2014 7:15:53 AM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-05-14 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Why Did Christ Humble Himself in the Face of Evil? By: Msgr. Charles PopeEarlier this week we read the magnificent hymn from Philippians, which sings of the Humility of Jesus:Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,Who, though he was in the form of God,did not regard equality with Godsomething to be grasped.Rather, he emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,coming in human likeness;and, found human in appearance,he humbled himself,becoming obedient to death,even death on a cross (Phil 2:5-8).Why this incredible humility? The Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, had always enjoyed His Father’s love...
  • Prudence: Mother of All Virtues

    04/03/2014 6:59:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | 03-02-14 | Fr. William Saunders
    Prudence: Mother of All Virtues Fr. William Saunders Q: I keep hearing about the importance of virtue and being virtuous, but no one explains what virtue is.St. Paul in his Letter to the Philippians captured the idea of virtue and the living of a virtuous life: “My brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous or worthy of praise” (4:8). With this in mind, the classic definition of virtue is a habit or firm disposition which inclines a person to do good and avoid evil....
  • The Real Presence: The Eucharist and Chastity [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/27/2014 8:49:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 2003 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    The Eucharist and Chastityby Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.Our subject for tonight's conference is "The Eucharist and Chastity." It could just as well be, "The Necessity of the Eucharist for Chastity," or even, "There Can Be No Chastity Without the Eucharist."To understand how indispensable the Eucharist is to the practice of Christian chastity is to understand the meaning of Christianity. When Christ told us, "Without me, you can do nothing," He meant this to be taken literally. Without the constant help of His grace to enlighten our darkened minds and strengthen our weak wills, all the moral precepts of...
  • Obama Mouths the Virtues of "Hard Work" (And You'll Never Guess What Got Michelle Robinson

    01/16/2014 5:43:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 1/16/16 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Did you know, folks, that if you work hard, you can get ahead? Did you know that? I vaguely remember hearing some nutcases say that, but I didn't believe it. But, yeah, I was just watching the president. There's a thing going on at the White House called the college costs summit. And President Obama's there, along with the first lady, Moochelle. By the way, Saturday night at the White House, big gala, 50th birthday party for Moochelle. I've never heard of this at this kind of thing. Guests are being told to eat dinner before arriving, because this...
  • Why 'Equality' Must Die

    10/03/2013 6:40:34 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 2, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Take a look at the following list and tell me if anything strikes you: Prudence Justice Temperance Courage Faith Hope Charity Viewing these, the Seven Cardinal Virtues, anything make an impression? Okay, now try the Seven Heavenly Virtues of: Chastity Temperance Charity Diligence Patience Kindness Humility Anything? What strikes me is that equality is not among them. Scour great works, such as the Bible, and you won't find talk of equality. Not one bit -- that is, unless you consider The Communist Manifesto a great work. One thing about virtues -- which are defined as "good moral habits" -- is...
  • The Virtues: Cardinal Virtues, Theological Virtues, Capital Virtues

    09/14/2013 6:57:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CatholicBible101 ^ | CatholicBible10
    The Virtues   Virtues!  We all think we are virtuous, but so many people can’t name more than a few of them.  In the Catholic Church, there are three very distinct categories of virtues which we all should be praying to have more of.  The first category is known as the Cardinal Virtues, the second is known as the Theological Virtues, and the third is the Capital Virtues.  There are many others as well, but for the sake of this discussion, only these three types will be discussed. THE CARDINAL VIRTUES The Cardinal Virtues are four moral virtues that are the...
  • As Catholics, we are called upon to imitate Mary's "virginally integral" faith, hope and charity

    06/20/2012 7:27:46 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 20 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 20, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Faith is God’s gift to created persons who are entirely dependent on Him. The proper response to this gift is reverent obedience. Christian faith is characterized by a humble and reverent submission to what God has revealed. Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum) has this to say: “’The obedience of faith’ (Rm 16:26; cf. Rm 1:5; 2 Cor 10: 5-6) ‘is to be given to God who reveals, an obedience by which man commits his whole self freely to God, offering the full submission of intellect and will to God who reveals,’ and freely assenting to the...
  • Following the Truth: Follow Me… [into Holy Week]

    04/07/2012 1:13:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | Apr 1st, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Follow Me… Apr 1st, 2012by Gary Zimak.  As Jesus passed on from there,He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. (Matthew 9:9)As we head into the final 2 weeks our Spiritual Exercises retreat, I just wanted to reach out and share a few thoughts. Today, with the celebration of Palm Sunday, we enter into the holiest week of the year. Over the next five days, on my nightly radio show, we’ll meditate on Our Lord’s Passion and death. As we do this, we’ll recognize...
  • Happiness: Ancient and Modern Concepts of Happines (Part 1)

    03/30/2012 8:12:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 2011 | Peter Kreeft
    Happiness: Ancient and Modern Concepts of Happiness PETER KREEFTMy topic today is Jesus' concept of happiness. And we must begin with the dullest and most necessary preliminary: defining our term. Ancient and Modern Concepts of HappinessMy topic today is Jesus' concept of happiness. And we must begin with the dullest and most necessary preliminary: defining our term. Nearly everyone, from Aristotle to Freud, agrees that we all seek happiness, and that we seek it as an end, not as a means. No one seeks happiness for any other reason. We argue about other things, but not about happiness. We may say,...
  • Benedict XVI Calls Christians to Rediscover Chastity

    03/14/2012 12:23:34 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | March 0, 2012 | Kathleen Naab
    Benedict XVI Calls Christians to Rediscover Chastity Addresses US Bishops on Issues of Marriage, Sexuality By Kathleen NaabVATICAN CITY, MARCH 9, 2012 ( Benedict XVI says that chastity might be countercultural and challenging, but the entire Christian community should recover an appreciation for it.The Pope said this today in an address to a group of bishops from the midwest of the United States, who are in Rome for their five-yearly ad limina visit.The Holy Father's talk, which he presented as a continuation of reflections on "certain aspects of the evangelization of American culture," resonated in the social and political...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CAPITAL VIRTUES, 01-19-12

    01/19/2012 9:45:03 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 01-19-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CAPITAL VIRTUES The seven principal virtues that are contrary to the seven capital sins, namely: 1. humility (pride), 2. liberality (avarice), 3. chastity (lust), 4. meekness (anger), 5. temperance (gluttony), 6. brotherly love (envy), 7. diligence (sloth). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Merry Manly Christmas and Hanukkah

    12/23/2011 2:01:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 23, 2011 | Mona Charen reviews "The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood"
    .....[William]Bennett introduces The Book of Man:Readings on the Path to Manhood with tidings of oy. [snip] JamesFreemanClarke (1810–1888), an American theologian and essayist, limned the distinctions between true and false manliness. His essay is a particularly interesting glimpse of the 19th-century ideal, since 20th-century feminism has worked so hard to persuade us that the “patriarchy” taught men to be tyrants and emotional stiffs. "[Manliness]expresses the qualities which go to make a perfect man — truth, courage, conscience, freedom, energy, self-possession, self-control. But it does not exclude gentleness, tenderness, compassion, modesty. A man is not less manly, but more so, because...
  • Following The Truth: Letting Your Conscience Be Your Guide (What Jiminy Cricket-[Catholic or Open]

    12/06/2011 8:30:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | August 6th, 2010 | Gary Zimak
    Letting Your Conscience Be Your Guide (What Jiminy Cricket Didn’t Tell You) August 6th, 2010 by Gary Zimak“Always let your conscience be your guide” (Jiminy Cricket, from the movie Pinocchio, 1940). “One of the key pastoral problems facing us is the widespread misunderstanding of the role of conscience, whereby individual conscience and experience are exalted above or against Church teaching” (Pope John Paul II, Address to Bishops of New England, September 21, 1993).While most people would agree with Jiminy Cricket’s advice to Pinocchio, Pope John Paul II’s quote illustrates that, in certain cases, the recommendation could be problematic.  One look...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JOB, 10-25-11

    10/25/2011 8:51:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | 10-25-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JOB The chief character in what many critics consider the most beautifully written book in the Bible. The author is unknown. From internal evidence it is speculated that he was an Israelite who wrote between 600 and 400 B.C. The Book of Job is a profound philosophic discussion of human suffering, with Job and several of his friends taking turns offering possible solutions to the problem of good and evil. Their efforts to find an answer to determine Yahweh's reasons for permitting such indignities to afflict a faithful believer were fruitless. Job and his friends realized...
  • The Virtues [Ecumenical]

    10/24/2011 5:21:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
    The Virtues From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedAlways Strong to the Good (1803) Paul asks the Philippians to see "all that is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and gracious (Phil 4:8). Virtue is a firm and habitual disposition, by which a person strives firmly and regularly toward the good with all of his powers. "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God" (St. Gregory of Nyssa). The Human Moral Virtues (1804) Human virtues are firm, stable attitudes and dispositions which order the passions and guide conduct. They bring about self-mastery and joy. The moral virtues...
  • Moral Conscience [Ecumenical]

    09/05/2011 3:09:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | not given | Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
    Moral Conscience From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedAn Inner Law (1776) Deep within his conscience, man discovers a law which he must obey, namely to do good and to avoid evil. In his conscience (man's most secret core) he is alone with God whose voice echoes within man.Conscience - Judge of Individual Acts (1777-1779) Moral conscience urges a person to do good and avoid evil. It even judges his particular choices (past, present, and future) and shows God's authority. The prudent man hears God speaking in his commandments.By conscience, the person's reason judges the morality of his actions...
  • The Sugary Secret of Self-Control

    09/04/2011 2:03:40 PM PDT · by danielmryan · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | Steven Pinker
    Ever since Adam and Eve ate the apple, Ulysses had himself tied to the mast, the grasshopper sang while the ant stored food and St. Augustine prayed “Lord make me chaste — but not yet,” individuals have struggled with self-control. In today’s world this virtue is all the more vital, because now that we have largely tamed the scourges of nature, most of our troubles are self-inflicted. We eat, drink, smoke and gamble too much, max out our credit cards, fall into dangerous liaisons and become addicted to heroin, cocaine and e-mail.
  • Morality of the Passions [Ecumenical]

    08/23/2011 5:27:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | not given | Catechism of the Catholic Church, Simplified
    Morality of the Passions From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, SimplifiedTheir Help (1762) The passions or feelings can help the person in his duty to choose.Passageway from Senses to Mind (1763-1764) Feelings (passions) are movements of the sensitive appetite. These lead us to act or not to act when experiencing a perceived good or evil.Emotions are a passageway connecting man's life of the senses with his life of the mind. Jesus called this source of human emotions "the heart" (Mk 7:21).Loving Good or Evil (1765-1766) Love (the most fundamental emotion) is attracted by the good causes hope and finds...
  • Turning Virtues Into Vices: The New Inquisitors

    07/19/2011 1:14:55 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 7 replies
    Bill Muehlenberg's Culture Watch ^ | 18.7.11 | Bill Muehlenberg
    Consider how a group of ornery atheists in the US is suing Texas governor Rick Perry for daring to do an incredibly outrageous thing: hold a prayer meeting. Yikes, you would have thought the governor just called for the legalisation of child sex. Actually these angry atheists would clearly have preferred him to do something like that. This is what Perry stated, “Given the trials that beset our nation and world, from the global economic downturn to natural disasters, the lingering danger of terrorism and continued debasement of our culture, I believe it is time to convene the leaders from...
  • This Fourth of July, "Confirm thy soul in self-control" and other virtues

    07/04/2011 6:57:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies ^ | on website - July 3, 2011 | Dr. Paul Kengor:
    This Fourth of July, "Confirm thy soul in self-control" and other virtues From an essay, "This Fourth of July: Confirm Thy Soul in Self-Control", by the prolific Dr. Paul Kengor:I encourage you to set aside the burgers and dogs and soda and beer for a moment this Fourth of July and contemplate something decidedly different, maybe even as you gaze upward at the flash of fireworks. Here it is: Confirm thy soul in self-control.What do I mean by that? Let me explain.The founders of this remarkable republic often thought and wrote about the practice of virtue generally and self-control specifically,...
  • [Ecumenical] Lent through Eastertide - Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts: Purity

    04/25/2011 5:22:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | website-1987 | Saint Faustina-1931
    Divine Mercy Diary Exerpts   Jesus's words are in italics.  St. Faustina's words are in regular print.   "Your task is to write down everything that I make known to you about My mercy, for the benefit of those who by reading these things will be comforted in their souls and will have the courage to approach Me." (1693)     "Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy." (300)     
  • Heaven and the love of neighbour [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/02/2011 7:21:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies ^ | February 27, 2011 | DEACON DOUGLAS MCMANAMAN
    Heaven and the love of neighbourDEACON DOUGLAS MCMANAMANThis week the readings are about the love of neighbour. Last week was "Marriage Sunday", and as I said previously, marriage is about learning how to love. The sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation, and this means it is the particular way that God calls certain people to love Him. Married couples are called to love God through loving one another. To fail to love one's spouse faithfully is to fail to love God. This week, however, the readings are about the love of neighbour. Married love is an exclusive love, but it...
  • What Does the Bible Say About Honesty? [Ecumenical]

    02/10/2011 6:24:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies · 1+ views ^ | not given | Lee Andrew Henderson
    What Does the Bible Say About Honesty? Lee Andrew Henderson   We've all heard the saying "honesty is the best policy" but who first said that famous quote?--snip-- honesty is the best  policy stems from the Bible. Sometimes people think of Honesty as telling the truth, but that's not completely true. Honesty includes telling the truth but it's more than that. Being an honest person means being a good person. The Greek word for honesty is "kalos." Kalos means that which is good and admirable and becoming. --snip--   Honesty is a standard that God expects Christians to meet....
  • The Beatitudes: Blessed are the Meek

    12/29/2010 8:51:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies · 9+ views ^ | April 28th, 2010 | Mark Shea
    Blessed are the Meek April 28th, 2010 by Mark SheaToday’s Beatitude (Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5) continues Jesus’ tradition of transmuting lead into gold. Just as nobody wants to be poor and nobody wants to mourn, so nobody wants to be “meek”. That’s because we think of the meek as doormats and dartboards. We assume the meek are timid little people who scatter like mice when somebody of consequence clears his throat. But our Lord does not say “Blessed are the weenies.” St. Joan of Arc was neither a weenie nor a...
  • Tenacity: A Thanksgiving Lesson

    11/25/2010 8:24:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | November 25th, 2010 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    Tenacity: A Thanksgiving Lesson November 25th, 2010 by Dr. Mark W. HendricksonEvery fall in my Econ 101 course, during the last class period before we part for Thanksgiving, I share a lesson from early American history. It is particularly timely, because it deals with those we credit with the first American Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony. Upon arriving in New England, the Pilgrims shared “their meat, drink, apparel and all provisions” in common. As inevitably happens under collective ownership, the incentive to work disappeared. The grim result was food shortages, hunger, starvation; indeed, half of those who sailed on...
  • Hope

    08/08/2010 3:53:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    CERC ^ | 1988 | PETER KREEFT
    HopePETER KREEFTWe creatures of time are constantly moving into the future, and our eyes are usually facing forward. Hope is like headlights. Peter Kreeft No one can live without hope. Only angels do not need hope, for they do not live in time and have no future. They possess the whole of their reality at once. But we creatures of time are constantly moving into the future, and our eyes are usually facing forward. Hope is like headlights. It is not easy to drive without headlights in the dark. To be human is to be growing. We are all spiritually...
  • Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Capital Sins and their Contrary Virtues

    07/21/2010 9:18:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | not given |
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With Jump to: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)The 7 Corporal Works of MercyThe 7 Spiritual Works of MercyThe 3 Eminent Good WorksThe 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)The 12 Fruits of the Holy GhostThe 3 Theological VirtuesThe 4 Cardinal VirtuesThe 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary VirtuesThe 6 Sins Against the Holy GhostThe 4 Sins That Cry Out to HeavenThe 3 Conditions of Mortal SinThe 9 Ways We Participate in Others' SinsThe 10 CommandmentsThe 2 Greatest CommandmentsThe 3 Evangelical CounselsThe 6 Precepts of the ChurchThe Holy Days of Obligation (English)The...
  • Pentecost Past and Present

    05/31/2009 4:01:01 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 7 replies · 773+ views
    The National Catholic Weekly ^ | June 4, 2006 | Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.
    If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit” (Gal 5:25) Pentecost is one of the major dates in the church’s calendar, along with Christmas and Easter. Our word Pentecost derives from the Greek word for 50. The feast occurs 50 days after Easter. Pentecost was (and is) a Jewish festival celebrated in late spring, 50 days after Passover. Its biblical name is Weeks (Shebuot in Hebrew), because it takes place seven weeks after Pentecost. In Jesus’ time the Jewish feast of Weeks was associated with the gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. In...
  • Democrats Discover Gitmo's Virtues

    05/14/2009 9:04:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/14/2009 | staff
    'We're not going to bring al Qaeda to Big Sky Country. No way, not on my watch," declared Montana Sen. Max Baucus. "I wouldn't want them and I wouldn't take them," insisted Nebraska's Ben Nelson. Not Quantico, piped up Virginia's Mark Warner. After all, it "is in a very populated area in the greater capital region." Look, "Alcatraz is a national park and a tourist attraction, not a functioning prison" for terrorists, said the office of California's Dianne Feinstein.
  • Prudence: Mother of All Virtues

    05/02/2009 9:36:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 1,004+ views
    Prudence: Mother of All VirtuesFR. WILLIAM SAUNDERSI keep hearing about the importance of virtue and being virtuous, but no one explains what virtue is. Why don’t you do a column about this? St. Paul, in his Letter to the Philippians, captured the idea of virtue and the living of a virtuous life: "My brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous or worthy of praise" (4:8). With this in mind, the classic definition of virtue is a habit or firm disposition that inclines a...
  • Life Lessons from the Patron Saint of Scholars [St. Thomas Aquinas]

    01/28/2009 9:37:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 565+ views ^ | January 28th, 2009 | Kevin Vost
    Life Lessons from the Patron Saint of Scholars January 28th, 2009 by Kevin Vost As it was said to the Egyptians of old in the time of famine, “Go to Joseph,” so that they should receive a supply of corn from him to nourish their bodies, so now we say to all as such who are desirous of the truth, “Go to Thomas” and ask him to give you from his ample store the food of the substantial doctrine wherewith to nourish your souls unto eternal life.”  Pope John XXII (1323)The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 - 1274), the...
  • The Virtue-Driven Life

    03/11/2008 3:41:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 686+ views Institue ^ | n/a | Mark Lowery, Ph.D.
    The Virtue-Driven Life by Mark Lowery, Ph.D. I heard someone refer to the "cardinal virtues." I know what a virtue is — a good habit — but I need some help with the word "cardinal." There are four cardinal moral virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude. They are called "cardinal" from the Latin word for "hinge," (cardo, cardinis) since the whole life of natural virtue pivots on these four key virtues. Think of these as "grooves" in your life that keep you headed toward your final destiny. Every particular virtue — patience, magnanimity, gratitude, trust — belongs to one of...
  • The Virtues (counteracting the REAL Seven Deadly Sins)

    03/11/2008 3:12:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 481+ views
    Catechism of the Catholic Church ^ | Second Edition | Catechism of the Catholic Church
     CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCHSECOND EDITION PART THREELIFE IN CHRIST SECTION ONEMAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE SPIRIT CHAPTER ONETHE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON ARTICLE 7THE VIRTUES "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."62A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4,18(114)Man Should...Imitate Christ & Submit Reason to Holy Faith[Devotional]

    01/14/2008 10:48:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies · 121+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
      Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, But Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faith THE VOICE OF CHRIST BEWARE of curious and vain examination of this most profound Sacrament, if you do not wish to be plunged into the depths of doubt. He who scrutinizes its majesty too closely will be overwhelmed by its glory. God can do more than man can understand. A pious and humble search for truth He will allow, a search that is ever ready to learn and that seeks to walk in the reasonable doctrine of the fathers. Blest...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 17 (113) The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ [Devotional]

    01/12/2008 2:11:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 64+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
      The Burning Love and Strong Desire to Receive Christ THE DISCIPLE WITH greatest devotion and ardent love, with all affection and fervor of heart I wish to receive You, O Lord, as many saints and devout persons, most pleasing to You in their holiness of life and most fervent in devotion, desired You in Holy Communion. O my God, everlasting love, my final good, my happiness unending, I long to receive You with as strong a desire and as worthy a reverence as any of the saints ever had or could have felt, and though I am not...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 16 (112) We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Grace [Devotional]

    01/11/2008 7:36:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 64+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
      We Should Show Our Needs to Christ and Ask His Grace THE DISCIPLE O MOST kind, most loving Lord, Whom I now desire to receive with devotion, You know the weakness and the necessity which I suffer, in what great evils and vices I am involved, how often I am depressed, tempted, defiled, and troubled. To You I come for help, to You I pray for comfort and relief. I speak to Him Who knows all things, to Whom my whole inner life is manifest, and Who alone can perfectly comfort and help me. You know what good...
  • Imitation of Christ:4,15(111)...Grace...Devotion...Thru'...Humility,Self-Denial[Devotional]

    01/10/2008 10:12:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 458+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
      The Grace of Devotion is Acquired Through Humility and Self-Denial THE VOICE OF CHRIST YOU must seek earnestly the grace of devotion, ask for it fervently, await it patiently and hopefully, receive it gratefully, guard it humbly, cooperate with it carefully and leave to God, when it comes, the length and manner of the heavenly visitation. When you feel little or no inward devotion, you should especially humiliate yourself, but do not become too dejected or unreasonably sad. In one short moment God often gives what He has long denied. At times He grants at the end what...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 14 (110)...Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christ [Devotional]

    01/09/2008 12:21:10 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 44+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
      The Ardent Longing of Devout Men for the Body of Christ THE DISCIPLE HOW great is the abundance of Your kindness, O Lord, which You have hidden from those who fear You! When I think how some devout persons come to Your Sacrament with the greatest devotion and love, I am frequently ashamed and confused that I approach Your altar and the table of Holy Communion so coldly and indifferently; that I remain so dry and devoid of heartfelt affection; that I am not completely inflamed in Your presence, O my God, nor so strongly drawn and attracted...