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  • 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 cant 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 Gods 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 IIs 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, well meditate on Our Lords Passion and death. As we do this, well 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 HappinessPETER 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 (18101888), 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 Didnt Tell You) August 6th, 2010 by Gary ZimakAlways 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 Crickets advice to Pinocchio, Pope John Paul IIs 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 todays 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 Mymercy." (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 SheaTodays 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. Thats 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 churchs 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 dont 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...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 13 (109 ...Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ... [Devotional]

    01/08/2008 10:51:48 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies · 48+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    With All Her Heart the Devout Soul Should Desire Union with Christ in the Sacrament THE DISCIPLE LET it be granted me to find You alone, O Jesus Christ, to open to You my whole heart, to enjoy You as my soul desires, to be disturbed by no one, to be moved and troubled by no creature, that You may speak to me and I to You alone, as a lover speaks to his loved one, and friend converses with friend. I pray for this, I desire this, that I may be completely united to You and may...
  • Imitation of Christ:4,12(108)...Communicant Should Prepare...for Christ w/ Great Care [Devotional]

    01/07/2008 10:24:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies · 66+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    The Communicant Should Prepare Himself for Christ with Great Care THE VOICE OF CHRIST I AM the Lover of purity, the Giver of all holiness. I seek a pure heart and there is the place of My rest. Prepare for Me a large room furnished and I with My disciples will keep the Pasch with you. If you wish that I come to you and remain with you, purge out the old leaven and make clean the dwelling of your heart. Shut out the whole world with all the din of its vices. Sit as the sparrow lonely...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 11 (107)...Body of Christ...Sacred Scripture...Most Necessary...{Devotional]

    01/05/2008 7:43:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 84+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    The Body of Christ and Sacred Scripture Are Most Necessary to a Faithful Soul THE DISCIPLE O MOST sweet Lord Jesus, how great is the happiness of the devout soul that feasts upon You at Your banquet, where there is set before her to be eaten no other food but Yourself alone, her only Lover, most desired of all that her heart can desire! To me it would be happiness, indeed, to shed tears in Your presence from the innermost depths of love, and like the pious Magdalen to wash Your feet with them. But where now is...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 10 (106) Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion [Devotional]

    01/04/2008 8:09:39 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 102+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    Do Not Lightly Forego Holy Communion THE VOICE OF CHRIST YOU must often return to the source of grace and divine mercy, to the fountain of goodness and perfect purity, if you wish to be free from passion and vice, if you desire to be made stronger and more watchful against all the temptations and deceits of the devil. The enemy, knowing the great good and the healing power of Holy Communion, tries as much as he can by every manner and means to hinder and keep away the faithful and the devout. Indeed, there are some who...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4,9 (105)...Offer Ourselves...All...We Have to God, Praying...[Devotional]

    01/03/2008 9:02:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 63+ views ^ | 01-03-07 | Thomas aKempis
    We Should Offer Ourselves and All That We Have to God, Praying for All THE DISCIPLE ALL things in heaven and on earth, O Lord, are Yours. I long to give myself to You as a voluntary offering to remain forever Yours. With a sincere heart I offer myself this day to You, O Lord, to Your eternal service, to Your homage, and as a sacrifice of everlasting praise. Receive me with this holy offering of Your precious Body which also I make to You this day, in the presence of angels invisibly attending, for my salvation and...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 8 (104) The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering [Devotional]

    01/02/2008 11:49:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 77+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    The Offering of Christ on the Cross; Our Offering THE VOICE OF CHRIST AS I offered Myself willingly to God the Father for your sins with hands outstretched and body naked on the cross, so that nothing remained in Me that had not become a complete sacrifice to appease the divine wrath, so ought you to be willing to offer yourself to Me day by day in the Mass as a pure and holy oblation, together with all your faculties and affections, with as much inward devotion as you can. What more do I ask than that you...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4,7 (103)...Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend [Devotional]

    01/01/2008 2:19:31 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 87+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    The Examination of Conscience and the Resolution to Amend THE VOICE OF CHRIST ABOVE all, God's priest should approach the celebration and reception of this Sacrament with the deepest humility of heart and suppliant reverence, with complete faith and the pious intention of giving honor to God. Carefully examine your conscience, then. Cleanse and purify it to the best of your power by true contrition and humble confession, that you may have no burden, know of no remorse, and thus be free to come near. Let the memory of all your sins grieve you, and especially lament and...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 6 (102) An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to do Before Communion [Devotional]

    12/31/2007 9:56:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies · 70+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    An Inquiry on the Proper Thing to do Before Communion THE DISCIPLE WHEN I consider Your dignity, O Lord, and my own meanness, I become very much frightened and confused. For if I do not receive, I fly from Life, and if I intrude unworthily, I incur Your displeasure. What, then, shall I do, my God, my Helper and Adviser in necessity? Teach me the right way. Place before me some short exercise suitable for Holy Communion, for it is good to know in what manner I ought to make my heart ready devoutly and fervently for You,...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 5 (101) The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthood [Devotional]

    12/29/2007 11:08:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies · 58+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    The Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthood THE VOICE OF CHRIST HAD you the purity of an angel and the sanctity of St. John the Baptist, you would not be worthy to receive or administer this Sacrament. It is not because of any human meriting that a man consecrates and administers the Sacrament of Jesus Christ, and receives the Bread of Angels for his food. Great is the Mystery and great the dignity of priests to whom is given that which has not been granted the angels. For priests alone, rightly ordained in the Church, have...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 4(100) Many Blessings Are Given...Receive Communion Worthily [Devotional]

    12/28/2007 6:57:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 88+ views ^ | 12-28-07 | Thomas aKempis
    Many Blessings Are Given Those Who Receive Communion Worthily THE DISCIPLE O LORD my God, favor Your servant with the blessings of Your sweetness that I may merit to approach Your magnificent Sacrament worthily and devoutly. Lift up my heart to You and take away from me this heavy indolence. Visit me with Your saving grace that I may in spirit taste Your sweetness which lies hidden in this Sacrament like water in the depths of a spring. Enlighten my eyes to behold this great Mystery, and give me strength to believe in it with firm faith. For...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 3 (99) It Is Profitable To Receive Communion Often [Devotional}

    12/27/2007 9:25:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 67+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    It Is Profitable To Receive Communion Often THE DISCIPLE BEHOLD, I come to You, Lord, that I may prosper by Your gift and be delighted at Your holy banquet which You, O God, in Your sweetness have prepared for Your poor. Behold, all that I can or ought to desire is in You. You are my salvation and my redemption, my hope and strength, my honor and glory. Gladden, then, this day the soul of Your servant because I have raised my heart to You, O Lord Jesus. I long to receive You now, devoutly and reverently. I...
  • Imitation of Christ:4,2(98) God's Great Goodness and Love...Shown to Man in...Sacrament[Devotional]

    12/26/2007 11:57:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 61+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    God's Great Goodness and Love is Shown to Man in This Sacrament THE DISCIPLE TRUSTING in Your goodness and great mercy, O Lord, I come as one sick to the Healer, as one hungry and thirsty to the Fountain of life, as one in need to the King of heaven, a servant to his Lord, a creature to his Creator, a soul in desolation to my gentle Comforter. But whence is this to me, that You should come to me? Who am I that You should offer Yourself to me? How dares the sinner to appear in Your...
  • Imitation of Christ: 4, 1, (97) The Great Reverence With Which We Should Receive Christ [Devotional]

    12/24/2007 9:43:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 80+ views ^ | 1441 | Thomas aKempis
    The Great Reverence With Which We Should Receive Christ THE VOICE OF CHRIST COME to Me, all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you. [Matt. 11:28] The bread which I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world. [John 6:52] Take you and eat: this is My Body, which shall be delivered for you. Do this for the commemoration of Me. [1 Cor. 11:24] He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. [John 6:57] The words that I have spoken to you are...