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Tag: The Pursuit of Holiness

Catholicism is Impossible

December 29, AD 2017 1 Comment
Catholicism is Impossible

Earlier this week a friend of mine shared an article on Facebook, written by Melinda Selmys of Catholic Authenticity on Patheos. In the blog she describes some of the challenges surrounding the use of NFP, particularly the issues that arise when the risk of an unintended pregnancy are so high as to be unacceptable, but […]

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Balance of Extremes

March 6, AD 2017 2 Comments
Balance of Extremes

Classical morality has often been described as the finding of a Golden Mean or Happy Medium between two extremes. We find this concept in Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, and again in St. Thomas Aquinas, that virtue is the mean between two extremes of vice. So courage is the mean between foolhardiness and cowardice. Temperance is […]

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Heroic Sanctity: Not For Everyone?

November 16, AD 2015 0 Comments
Heroic Sanctity: Not For Everyone?

I have been thinking about saints a lot recently. Not any particular saint, but just saints in general. You see, a few years ago I started jokingly (but also half seriously) saying that my New Year’s resolution was to become a saint. Not surprisingly, I have learned more about failing in that endeavor than I […]

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The Dawn of Sainthood

May 22, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Dawn of Sainthood

I thought this morning that holiness comes like a sunrise.  The Holy Spirit hovers over the waters, filling the earth with goodness and light.  A sinner becomes a saint as an acorn becomes a tree or a boy becomes a man: slowly.  Despair would have us feel the defeats more acutely than the victories.  Nor […]

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Spiritual Deep Cleaning

April 9, AD 2015 2 Comments
Spiritual Deep Cleaning

I am not a natural deep cleaner. Extensive projects that involve organizing minutiae, inordinate scrubbing, and rubber gloves are just not my thing.  Now I’m the first person to be stressed when my house looks a mess. In fits of cleaning, I tear through the house like a hurricane tidying stray toys, wiping down counters, […]

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