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Moral Life

What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
What a Pile of Dry Leaves Has to Teach Us About Humility

We tend to think that happiness is the result of the right circumstances or externalities. If I just have enough money, or live in this place or that, or if I can arrange just the right sort of pleasures, or be with just the right people, I will be happy. Of course, this doesn’t really […]

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Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

April 15, 2018 2 Comments
Pondering the Great Reversal Announced in Scripture

One of the strong traditions of Scripture is of the great reversal that will one day come for many. I have often been sobered by it when I consider how blessed I have been in this life. I have also been consoled by it when I struggle to understand why some people in this world […]

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Out of Pride and into Humility

March 13, 2018 2 Comments
Out of Pride and into Humility

In yesterday’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride. St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility and it is these that we consider today. As with yesterday’s post, the […]

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The Twelve Steps of Pride

March 12, 2018 4 Comments
The Twelve Steps of Pride

If you think the idea of “Twelve Steps” is new, 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 12th century work The Steps of Humility and Pride. In today’s post, […]

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Some Thoughts on Sin, Contrition and Repentance from C.S. Lewis

March 11, 2018 1 Comment
Some Thoughts on Sin, Contrition and Repentance from C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is revered for his solid insight and for his ability to look beyond the ordinary understanding of things. Although he was not a Catholic, I would like to present several of his thoughts on sin, contrition, and repentance as part of our Lenten consideration of these matters. The quotes below are all drawn […]

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The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

March 8, 2018 2 Comments
The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

As we explore the cardinal virtue of justice, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 57-122), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the […]

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The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

March 7, 2018 2 Comments
The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

In exploring the cardinal virtue of fortitude, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 123-140), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous […]

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The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance

March 6, 2018 2 Comments
The Cardinal Virtues: Temperance

In exploring the cardinal virtue of temperance, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 141-170), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous […]

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