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Tag: Virtue

What Makes a Book Great?

May 8, AD 2017 2 Comments
What Makes a Book Great?

(Warning: spoiler alert for A Tale of Two Cities after the image.) ___ Franz Kafka, author of the highly disturbing The Metamorphosis, wrote: “If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? Good God, we would also be happy if […]

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Charity

May 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Charity

O my Jesus, Thou who art very Love, enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee. O Lord our God, we offer Thee our hearts, united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood; we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may be the daily […]

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Dear Future Husband

April 25, AD 2017 21 Comments
Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband, I wonder what you are doing at this moment. Are you studying for finals? Maybe you’re chatting with friends, or are laughingly lost in a field of dandelions.  Are you sitting in Adoration? Or are you thinking of me? I have thought of you often over the years, and not a day goes by […]

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We Need the Voice of St. John Paul II

April 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
We Need the Voice of St. John Paul II

We need the voice of St. John Paul II in this day of superficiality, where we seem to care about how things look more than how they actually are, we experience the breakdown of the human person to the point of public approval of the objectification of men and women as a form of entertainment, and […]

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Whatever you did for the least of these…

April 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
Whatever you did for the least of these…

Someone told me a few weeks ago, in the middle of a martial arts related discussion, “I think that stuff is cool, but I don’t do martial arts. I am a lover, not a fighter.” It is no exaggeration to say that I have been thinking about that pretty exhaustively ever since. I have been […]

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100% for God

February 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
100% for God

But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. —Apocalypse 3:16 When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. —Mark 6:20 Someone once asked me: “From a scale of zero to a hundred, with zero being the […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 3 Comments
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

December 8, AD 2016 10 Comments
Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

What makes a book great? A great book touches people across cultures and nations; it is a tome that reflects the realities of humanity in its characters, as Aristotle recommended in his Poetics,1 and reinforces virtue while decrying vice, as Plato noted in The Republic;2 as well as a classic that draws readers to reread […]

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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Ora et Labora

St. Benedict gives us a remarkable example of discipline. His simple motto, Ora et labora—pray and work—is still relevant to our own lives, so many centuries after his death. We need both prayer and work in order to live a truly Christian life and finish the race. If we were to embrace prayer without also embracing […]

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Formation in Faery

November 29, AD 2016 1 Comment
Formation in Faery

Imagination is twofold, retentive (reproductive) and creative (productive). The object of the first is a sensible reality, which we have previously perceived as such. The creative forms its object by combining elements which were separately perceived. The analysis of the creative imagination is of considerable importance for the psychology of invention, and of artistic and […]

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Acceptance

November 22, AD 2016 1 Comment
Acceptance

A well-meaning friend advised me to seek various things to correct everything she saw as deficient in me—a psychologist to deal with family issues, cooking classes to bolster my rudimentary culinary skills, driving classes to get used to driving in this foreign land that has become my home, deportment classes to present myself in a […]

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Judging and Loving

October 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Judging and Loving

It is a strange thing, but we as human beings are often eager critics. It is so easy to criticize, to catch the flaws and failures of others. Whether we mull over others’ faults in the back of our minds, speak openly to their faces, or take it upon ourselves to send a quick “Hey, […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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The Good News About Suffering

August 18, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Good News About Suffering

We are surrounded by human suffering. Many people are hurting in today’s world. Some suffering is horrific and some minor, but every kind can be soothed, and even removed, by trusting in God’s infinite Love and Mercy. Furthermore, God desires for us to become images of His Love and Mercy and to play a role […]

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Seeing the Invisible God

July 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Seeing the Invisible God

Don’t we all long to see God? Yet, so much of the time, He remains largely invisible to us. How does He reveal Himself in our day-to-day lives? When we want to see someone we can’t actually meet, such as a loved one who moved far away, we often keep pictures—images—in our homes. Now we […]

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