The Refusal of One’s Own Greatness

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“One of the daughters of acedia, according to St. Thomas, is pusillanimity (having a very small spirit or being mediocre at best). It is the vice contrary to (the virtue of) magnanimity, that is, generousness of soul (being conscious of the potential for greatness). It is the inability to believe in the magnitude of the vocation to which God calls ...

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Watch!

Isn’t it ironic that the Gospel on the first Sunday of Advent ends with the word “Watch!”? In context Jesus is telling his disciples to be watchful, be alert. “Watch, therefore; you don’t know when the lord of the house is coming… May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all (even us born 2000 years later): Watch!”

Why is this ironic? This is also the first weekend of December. The time ...

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Prepare for Lent by concentrating the strongest defense where your ramparts are weakest

Israel Trip Oct-Nov 2016 Rampart WalkThe best way to prepare for Lent, about 30 days from now, is not decide what to give up, as if you were 9 years old, but how you are going to send Satan packing. Father John Tauler +1361 wrote that “when evil comes roaring upon poor, weak men, they instantly fall down helpless and he comes and tears ...

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Five Hard Truths That Will Set You Free

I found this great blog posting from Monsignor Charles Pope – Archdiocese of Washington. Msgr. is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, DC.  I have re-posted his blog post in its entirety below.

Some years ago I read an essay by  the Franciscan Theologian Richard Rohr. I will say that I do not share a lot of agreement with Richard Rohr (no need to detail that here) but I found this particular essay compelling. I ...

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How the enemy diverts you from righteous deeds and spoils them

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers,
with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

Eph. 6:12

Father Lorenzo Scupoli wrote ‘Il Combattimento spirituale’ originally published in 1589. It remains relevant in 2015 as he describes the spiritual battle that takes place every single day for the soul of every human person.

I read this document as if written for ...

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