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“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart”

August 15, 2015 by  
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“Blessed Are the Pure of Heart”

The perfection of all virtues and gifts of God is beatitude. In other words, the more perfect virtue and use of the gifts of God are, the more perfect is one’s happiness. And there is no greater happiness than to see God. That is why it is called the beatific vision and is the final grace that God gives those who are pure of heart: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God” (Matt 5:8).

The Solemnity of the Assumption is both a declaration of victory and an invitation to hope! It is a declaration of victory because the Mother of Our Lord was the first to receive the full reward of the saints: salvation and the gift of her glorified body. What the souls of the just will receive at the final judgment, the Mother of the Savior has already received. Why?

As Venerable Pope Pius XII pointed out in his Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, in which he proclaimed the dogma of the Assumption of Mary, Mary’s Assumption into heaven was the most fitting gift to Mary that corresponded to her unique privileges, most especially her Immaculate Conception by which Mary was created with the fullness of grace. Having never succumbed to temptation and sin, Mary lived what truly was a perfect life.

Assumption of Mary by Corbert Gauthier, copyright 2015, all rights reserved, used with permission.

How did she do it? Mary being full of grace does not mean that Mary possessed some superhuman nature. She shared the same humanity we possess. Her physical senses were no different than ours. We read of her Divine Son:

For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:15-16)

Since Mary is the perfect disciple of the Redeemer as much as she is His Immaculate Mother, we can say that Mary, as the Mother and model of the Church, “in every respect” was “tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hence, she is no ethereal model. Mary, like her Divine Son, went to battle against the same temptations that every Christian born of her must engage.

How did Mary triumph over these temptations? “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” The Church both in its teaching and through the lives of its saints, especially Our Blessed Mother, has affirmed that for one who sees the face of God, it is impossible to sin, for we behold our greatest Good. And while we cannot behold the face of God in the fullness of its glory, Jesus in this Beatitude tells us that we can begin to experience this beholding of God’s face even now through grace. And the specific way we do it is by having a pure heart.

StMaximilianKolbeSmilingIt is no wonder then that the Feast of the Assumption is tied directly to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the feast that celebrates Mary’s perfect purity: She is the Immaculate one – or as St. Maximiliam Kolbe called her, the Immaculata.

The Feast of the Assumption celebrates, therefore, the great triumph of Mary over sin through her purity of heart! Victory is also ours and so is the glory that God wishes to give such souls who persevere in living a pure life. Hence, this Feast is an invitation to hope! It can be done by asking for and fostering the grace of purity in our hearts. Otherwise, Jesus would not have made this one of the Beatitudes, which represent the heart of the Good News.

So, wherever we are in our walk with Christ, let us never forget that what will always keep us on the path to seeing the full glory of God, is purity of heart. And this is impossible without purity of the senses. To that end, let us guard what we allow into our souls by guarding our senses and seeing to it that, if we have fallen off the narrow path of purity, we run to the wellsprings of Divine Mercy that await us in the Sacrament of Confession. How much clearer can we see God after this incredibly awesome sacrament! How much it helps us with clarity in all aspects of our life!

As we reflect on this great mystery of Mary’s Assumption, let us joyfully thank God for the gifts He has given our Mother and for her triumph. She is “one of our own.” And as our Mother who has walked the walk, she now wishes to lavishly pour the same graces of purity upon us. May we beg for them every day because, like Mary, we want to be at the peak of the mountain where we see the full light of the sun while the storms rage beneath us. And when dark times come upon us and the light of the sun seems obscured, let us remember the encouraging and hopeful words of Venerable Fulton Sheen:

God, Who made the sun, also made the moon. The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun. The moon would be only a burnt-out cinder floating in the immensity of space were it not for the sun. All its light is reflected from the sun. The Blessed Mother reflects her Divine Son; without Him, she is nothing. With Him, she is the DetailOfBishopFultonJSheen1956Mother of Men. On dark nights we are grateful for the moon; when we see it shining, we know there must be a sun. So in this dark night of the world when men turn their backs on Him Who is the Light of the World, we look to Mary to guide their feet while we await the sunrise.

(Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love, Chapter 5)


Art: Assumption of Mary, Corbert Gauthier, for the Renovation of the Marian Sisters Chapel, Waverly, Nebraska, copyright 2015, all rights reserved, used with permission. Photograph of St. Maximilian Kolbe courtesy Dr. Peter Howard, used with permission. Detail of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. Sheen had a radio and television program called Life Is Worth Living which aired from 1951 to 1957, 23 October 1956, ABC Radio, PD-US, Wikimedia Commons.

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Dr. Peter Howard presently lives in Illinois with his wife, Chantal, and five children. Dr. Howard is a professor of Theology at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation ( In 2015, Peter and Chantal founded dedicated to the mission of “awakening Catholic families to their critical call to live their faith with courage, passion and purpose.” He is also a Catholic videographer (, author and national Catholic speaker who has spoken at the 2015 American Chesterton Society Conference, 2012 Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas; the United States Air Force Academy; parish retreats and on Catholic radio programs such as Radio Maria. Peter earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome, Italy. Dr. Howard's theological expertise lies predominantly in Mariology and the teachings of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. He is the author of the 2014 book: The Woman: The Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen. Like his spiritual mentor, +Fulton Sheen, Dr. Howard is passionate about evangelizing families by communicating the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith as the answer to the challenges and errors of the world. If you would like to invite Dr. Howard to speak at your parish or event, contact him at

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  • Cynthia Diane

    Thank you for such an exquisite article on such a beautiful feast day!

  • wendyjoseph

    I have all the respect in the world for our Mother Mary, and she has helped me on many occasions. But isn’t Jesus the only one who lived here on earth completely without sin? Nowhere in Scripture is this said about Mary. As I understand it, she was free from the stain of original sin, but not from sin itself. Still, she was a model mother, a model Christian, and a model we can all, male and female, strive to be like. I think she was saintly and as sinless as a mortal who is not God can be. But maybe she got ticked off and yelled at Joseph or even Jesus now and then. God knows a mother’s job is not easy.

    • LizEst

      Dr. Howard is right. Mary never sinned. She was preserved from original sin and, by a special grace, did not sin in her entire life (see Catechism paragraph 411 referencing Pope Pius IX in “Ineffabilis Deus”–the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, and the Council of Trent). As well, consider that Jesus never sinned and Joseph is a saint, so, they were the perfect Holy Family. Remember, a person can correct someone else without falling into sin. One doesn’t have to sin in order to parent.

      • wendyjoseph

        Nope. Jesus is the only one who never sinned.

        • LizEst

          wendyjoseph–This is what the Catholic Church believes and teaches, and is, in fact, part of Catholic dogma. I believe you told us, some time ago, that you are Catholic. You need to understand that we are bound, as Catholics, to assent to it. I invite you to dig deeper into this. If you have difficulty accepting it, ask the Blessed Mother herself to assist you with it. I recommend a novena to her. From the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which we are bound to accept in faith, we read, “The Fathers and writers of the Church, well versed in the heavenly Scriptures, had nothing more at heart than to vie with one another in preaching and teaching in many wonderful ways the Virgin’s supreme sanctity, dignity, and immunity from all stain of sin, and her renowned victory over the most foul enemy of the human race.” Notice it says “immunity from ALL stain of sin”. It continues in another paragraph, “This sublime and singular privilege of the Blessed Virgin, together with her most excellent innocence, purity, holiness and freedom from every stain of sin, as well as the unspeakable abundance and greatness of all heavenly graces, virtues and privileges…” Notice, again, that here it says “freedom from EVERY stain of sin”. Hope this helps. Here is a little more from the same document, “As if these splendid eulogies and tributes were not sufficient, the Fathers proclaimed with particular and definite statements that when one treats of sin, the holy Virgin Mary is not even to be mentioned; for to her more grace was given than was necessary to conquer sin completely.” Over and over again, in many documents, the Church teaches that Mary did NOT sin.

          • wendyjoseph

            According to dogma Mary was free from the stain of original sin, but this does not lead to the conclusion that she never sinned. Jesus was “a man like us in all things but sin.” Mary is not included in this description, nor is there any Scriptural evidence that she did or for that matter did not sin. The simple fact is that we don’t honestly know if she did or not. Only God and Mary know. We don’t. To call her perfect in her lifetime, not in the perfection she enjoys now as Queen of Heaven, equates her with God during her mortal life on earth and that is blasphemy. I repeat, the only perfect human being who ever lived was Jesus, which the Church has acknowledged. Mary’s sinless perfection has all been inferred by Church theologians, and the Church has been wrong on other issues, among them being the responsibility of the Jews as a people for the Crucifixion, the persecution of Jews during the Middle Ages, the lack of more effort to save Jews during the Holocaust, the justification for the Crusades and Inquisition, the persecution of Galileo, and the permissive acquiescence and assistance in the American Indian genocide. The Church itself is not without sin. Only Jesus was.

          • LizEst

            wendyjoseph–Yes, the Church has made some mistakes. But, She does not err when She speaks infallibly on faith and morals. You’re not arguing with me. You are arguing with the Church and what she has promulgated in Her Dogma. This is Catholic teaching. Mary is not God. She would be the very first one to tell you that. She received this grace to remain free from all sin as a special grace from God. What I quoted you was spoken infallibly. You are bound to accept it, to give it the assent of faith. And, you need to talk to a priest about your difficulty with this…and do bring it up humbly in the sacrament of confession. It’s OK to say, as we read in Scripture, “I believe. Help my unbelief.” As well, the Avila Institute has a great course coming up titled “The Mystery of Mary and Her Role in the Spiritual Life”. I don’t know if there are still openings in it and/or if applications are still being accepted. But, it would be well worth your time. I hope you will pray about your difficulty with this because it is part of our faith. I will pray for you.

          • wendyjoseph

            Wonderful but I have no money for courses. Being unemployed or underemployed I’m mostly broke. God loves poverty.

          • LizEst

            Scholarships are available, whether in need of help paying part or full tuition: As well, you can speak or email a counselor (Candace MacMillan or Nicole Garcia here: or 520-429-4524.

  • LizEst

    Rita–We feature many different artists on our site, from all over the world. All you have to do is put the word “Mary” in the search field and many different posts will come up. Click on a post to see other artwork on Mary. Each rendition is the artist’s interpretation. Today’s is particularly striking and outstandingly beautiful. I like it very much. The artist is well-regarded and has won many awards for his work. But, not all art suits everyone’s taste. By the way, I don’t think this she looks like Barbie at all in this.

  • 7cathy17

    Very nice presentation,thanks so much!

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  • LizEst

    Please go see a good and faithful priest and have a heartfelt discussion with him about your life and your faith. Ask the priest for guidance and ask him to refer you to some place which might assist you with developing skills which might help someone employ you. If he doesn’t have that information, go to your local diocese/archdiocese. Don’t give up. God hasn’t given up on you. Speak frankly with Him. He can take it…just don’t curse or revile Him. This is the conversation the Lord wants to have with you…that you put all your trust in Him, that you rely on Him rather than yourself. And, if you truly believe you are beset with demons, rather than are just speaking metaphorically, you should also indicate this to the priest you see and inquire about possibly have an exorcism (it usually takes more than one or two to drive demons away). Remember to frequent the sacraments…and that means celebrating the sacrament of Penance, too. I prayed for you at Mass this morning.

  • LizEst

    Yes, sometimes many exorcisms have to be done before the demon(s) don’t return. And, when one leaves, a different one can come back, sometimes more can come back…as we also read about in Scripture. There are some excellent books by a number of exorcists that explain the process. I learned a lot about these things from reading “The Rite” by Matt Baglio about Fr. Gary Thomas. Father Fortea, who we’ve featured on this site, and Father Amorth are also top-notch exorcists. Please don’t give up. If you give up, the devil wins. And, you are precious in God’s sight. God loves you with an everlasting love.

    Look, you need lots of assistance on the personal issues you’ve shared with us. Go see a priest, ask for a reference to a reliable Catholic therapist who does pro bono work. If you are on medication, be sure to take your medication as well. Thank you for engaging with us. Help God to help you by following these guidelines. God bless you, wendyjoseph. You are in my prayers.

  • LizEst

    I’m sorry for all your sleeplessness, the failures that you have encountered in life, and the fact that you feel you are a burden to people. Please get some help. See a priest, go for counseling, seek a mental health professional.

    This time you’ve written something very interesting. You indicated earlier you are homeless “when you sign off” “since 08″…and now you say “I’ll probably have to give them [the cats] up too and live in the street again.’ So, now it doesn’t sound like you are homeless at all.

    When you say one thing one time and one thing another time, it means there is at least one inconsistency in what you’ve said. Please do not construct an identity for yourself that is not true. Read our Frequently Asked Questions here, paying particular attention to question 4.18:
    …and above all go seek assistance now:
    1. Go see a priest.
    2. Go see a mental health professional.
    3. If you can’t find any of these to help, stop in at the police station. They can definitely put you in touch with some folks that can help you.
    We are not equipped here to do professional mental health counseling. And, it has become obvious to me that you need lots of professional assistance, good people who can help you…if you are honest with them and follow the instructions they give you. My prayers for you, Wendy.

    • wendyjoseph

      A lady in Mt. Vernon WA looks after my cats for me but though I can visit there I am not welcome as a resident. She can’t look after them any more and neither can I, though they are much more companionable than people and I far prefer their non pain causing company. I have a few friends who will put me up and put up with me short term but I can’t afford real rent anywhere. I live on the ships I work on, one or two a year, and the rest of the time it’s musical chairs or my car. I have no real home.

      You know, the Mary I like best is the simple, poor Jewish teenager, a good girl who obeyed her parents and liked to serve others out of her great generous heart, who met a stranger one day who had some wild news about her having a baby without sex. That would confuse anyone. Mary was not stupid. She was sensible and inqiring, though, and even if she didn’t quite understand or be able to forsee all that would happen, said OK. Wow. Mary said yes to God speaking through Gabriel, a true act of faith that led directly to our salvation. But John the Baptist didn’t say, “Repent, for Mary was perfect.” He pointed to and centered on Jesus the Christ. Whether or not Mary was perfect or had kids afterward with with Joseph is immaterial to next to the virgin birth of the Christ. God will judge whether I’m going to hell for this opinion, but the important parts of salvation go awry when we argue about peripheral matters and do not keep our eyes on the Christ. I love Mary very much; I go to Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro, CA, where Mary stands on the altar holding a fishing boat. I don’t think she was absolutely perfect, but then neither was Augustine of the formidable intellect and libido, or St. Peter who denied his Lord thrice, or St. Mother Teresa who had her own dark night of the soul while she was at the height of being an inspiration to others. Nobody’s perfect except Jesus, not even his mother on this earth, but that only makes me feel closer to her and love her the more. God chose her the way He chose Abraham, Moses, David and the Jewish people in general, not because of any greatness of their own, but because He willed it. His will be done.

      • LizEst

        Ask Mary to help you understand. Again, the Church teaches that she did not sin, not once. It was a special grace. A grace that is not given to us. Go see one of the priests there at Star of the Sea. Ask him to help you understand. They have three there. Plenty to choose from. And, yes, Mary is ever-virgin, before, during and after the birth of Christ. The Church also teaches that as well. I prayed for you this morning.

      • Salvatore Buttaci

        Pray always! Keep your hand in God’s loving hand. I know from experience that God answers all prayers in His own good time and way. We must remain hopeful and faithful always.

  • LizEst

    F. Chips–I read through that post on and it was very good. However, nowhere in the post does it say Mary was not tempted. Dr. Howard, who is an expert in Mariology, is right. I recommend an excellent course on Mary from the Avila Insitute. You can find more details here: As to the picture, Dr. Howard did not select it. Normally, our authors send us posts and, for the most part, do not select the illustrations that go along with them. The artist has won numerous awards for his painting. And, this particular one was commissioned for a retreat house of very faithful nuns in the uber faithful diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. I daresay Bishop Conley would disagree with you. We are very honored that the artist would share his most recently completed painting with us.

    As an aside to our readers, it is not at all unusual for people to attempt to discredit orthodox articles and paintings that give honor to the Blessed Mother. It’s additional evidence for the worthiness of the efforts of those involved!

    • F. Chips

      Dear LizEst, thankyou for the response. The link is a good one, true. You are right though, in that it doesn’t state emphatically that Our Lady was not tempted, but…

      Please avoiding posting comments longer than some of our own articles here. Kindly see our Frequently Asked Questions here, with particular attention to question number four: Thank you.

  • F. Chips

    Edited. Sorry!

  • F. Chips

    Hi! Sorry LizEst, my post was too long; I have shortened it:

    All attributes of God, are eternal. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be of Him, e.g:- the virtue of patience. God is eternally patient, and we can grow in it ourselves through grace, but we can also lose it through sin, as virtue relies on grace which is dependent in part on our participation – to stay in grace perfectly we would have to be ‘full of grace’; yet, outside of time, all virtue is bound up in Eternal Love: God IS! Being chaste, purity of heart, this can be lost when on earth. But in Heaven, eternal love is an eternally sanctified state of Being – of God. It cannot be lost.

    Purity / virginity / sanctity, is not virtue which can be in danger of being lost, it’s not merely a dependent virtue, in the case of the Blessed Virgin Mary; reason being, that it was eternal sanctity, that we know is an eternal state / blessing, which she received at conception, and if eternal, entwined in the Holy Spirit. Hence, why she is called the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, who IS eternal. Eternal sancity is holy and sacred. Hence, why her “soul doth magnify the Lord”. So Mary was free from inclinations to sin from then on in after conception as eternally sacred sanctity is more than merely an ‘essense’ of the Divine, on the contrary, it continues to be active eternally and does not cease! In Heaven, eternal sanctity is forever, but on earth, with our dependent virtue, we can be tempted to lose our graces; the Blessed Virgin could not be in this danger, for her blessing was eternally active – she could not be ‘tempted’ to lose eternal sanctity!

    Eternal sanctification cannot involve ‘temptations’, for the word ‘temptation’ means to be ‘tempted’, and when ‘tempted’, we’ve already sinned, for we must have allowed impurity in at some level of our being. Our minds depend on its state of purity as to whether a thing is ‘tempting’ or not. Emnity was put between Our Lady and the devil, he could not touch her – she is the New Eve. Mary was eternally blessed with purity of soul, and wouldn’t have been ‘tempted’. Her Immaculate Conception was protection for her and her Son, to help them both, during their trials.

    • LizEst

      Thanks for shortening your comments. They are still a little long…but we will allow them this time.

      That Mary did not sin does not mean that she was not tempted. Being tempted does not mean that a person has sinned, nor does it mean that a person is inclined to sin. A temptation is just that. If it succeeds, one sins.

      What you are using is a worldly definition of temptation. The world says a person who is tempted sins, because the world believes no one can resist temptation. But, in truth, if a temptation doesn’t succeed, a person does not sin. Jesus was tempted but did not sin.

      In military parlance, this is not unlike a probing operation wherein the enemy on, perhaps, a reconnaissance mission tests one’s defenses. What the enemy is looking for is a weak point, some place where he can exploit a vulnerability. And, if there is a vulnerability, the enemy will use that to its advantage sooner or later. But, that probing operation to look for vulnerabilites does not mean that one has a vulnerability to begin with. A well-defended force would not have those weak points and would not be vulnerable to that probing operation, or, spiritually speaking, would not be vulnerable to that temptation.

      Now, yes, there was, and is, enmity between the BVM and the devil, but that doesn’t mean the world, the flesh and the devil did not tempt her. In fact, the demonic regards the fall of a very holy person a great prize, or feather in their cap, because when a holy person falls, they can drag others along with them. That’s why scandal is such a grave evil.

      The Blessed Mother does not regard herself as above her Son. He was tempted. It is logical that she would have been, as well.

    • Dr. Peter Howard

      F. Chips,

      Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your desire to protect the honor of Our Blessed Mother. I am sure she is pleased by this!

      Now re: your charge of heresy (which is not a minor one, I might add). . .

      Considering all that has been written/charged, please bear with me, Liz, for a little lengthy response.

      The objection you are raising that Mary was not tempted because she could not be tempted due to the privilege of the Immaculate Conception, is not consistent with the Church’s teaching on the Immaculate Conception. Always be ready to back such charges with official teachings of the Magisterium and/or Sacred Tradition.

      First, let’s start with definitions here. Temptation, as you assert, does not mean sin. That would mean Jesus sinned. If that were true, Hebrews 416 makes absolutely no sense. Just substitute you definition for temptation as already sinned into that passage and then read it. Same with Jesus being tempted three times in the desert. Jesus sinned three times? Doesn’t work. Temptation can be likened to “testing” because one must make a free choice based on the hierarchy of goods, where one can choose a lesser good over a greater good.

      Secondly, if Mary could not be tempted, then she did not have free will, nor could she merit anything because merit is based on freedom.

      Let’s give a solid reference as a theological starting point here. Read St. Thomas’s ST, II-II, q. 165, a. 1. He deals with the question of the freedom of Adam of Eve — BOTH of whom were created without sin — in other words, immaculately created. But were they created with true freedom? They could not be free if they were not tempted and temptation, as St. Thomas says, “It was fitting that God should both allow man in the state of innocence to be tempted by evil angels, and should cause him to be
      helped by good angels.” He adds, “And by a special favor of grace,
      it was granted him that no creature outside himself could harm him against his own will, whereby he was able even to resist the temptation of the demon.” St. Thomas even goes as far as to say, “In the state of innocence, man was able, without any difficulty, to resist temptation. Consequently, the tempter’s assault was not a punishment to man.” But pride led Eve and then Adam to sin as they choose to take something on their own power over allowing God to give it to them as a gift. This is the nature of disobedience.

      So, one isn’t free unless he/she can be tempted because then there is no evaluation of choosing one good over another. Mary was perfectly free, just as Our Lord was perfectly free, were they not? We know Jesus was — otherwise He was not “true man”. If you say Mary was not able to be tempted, you are affording her a privilege that even the Son of God did not enjoy, as Mary would not be “true woman.”

      You make reference to Mary as the New Eve. This is indeed true. But, it would NOT be true if Mary could not be tempted as Eve was before Original Sin. The typology doesn’t work. Mary could have said “No” at the Annunciation — otherwise, she wasn’t free and what is there to celebrate about her faith, trust, humility and charity? Grace does not eradicate freedom, it enhances it!

      So, it is important that you understand the difference between being created/conceived without sin (as was Adam and Eve) and what the nature of freedom is, which necessitates a testing/tempting in order for one to merit. If Mary can relate to us perfectly according to our human nature, she is no model for the Church or for anyone for that matter. Unable to relate to us, how can she lead us? We would only live a life of deep frustration. Thanks be to God He gave us the perfect model of holiness in Mary who was like us in every way, but did not sin!

      If you want to see this argument fleshed out even more, I highly recommend you get my book, The Woman: The Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen. This is foundational to understanding Mary as the true New Eve.

      God bless you and thanks, Liz, for your indulgence of a needed lengthier response. We can put out the burning stake now . . . at least for me 🙂

  • LizEst

    Exactly my point. Temptation is just that: not a sin. To be sure, the person who tempts someone is a person who commits sin. But, the person who is tempted does not sin unless they give in to the sin…even if only in the mind or heart, as opposed to actual action.

    No one is immune to temptation, beginning with Jesus, then Mary, then the rest of us. What we do with temptation determines whether or not we sin. Yes, when the tempter learns he has no access, he ceases tempting…for the time being. Even if he completely ceases tempting, it does not mean that he never tempted at all.

    Want to irritate a priest? Confess temptation as sin.

    …and, by the way, your post was cut down because it was again too long.

  • F. Chips

    I have to say that I have found our dialogue uncharitable from your end so far. Each time I have made a valid point to argue a very sensitive issue, my posts have either been deleted, or abbreviated to make them concur with your reasoning – the sense being lost. This is not the way fellow Christians should be treated. The authors of published work on here should allow for being scutinized properly especially over sensitive information which in this case I find offensive by the author of the page who I truly believe is miseducating Catholics. And your rules page speaks of ‘humility’ so it is a pity that this rule does not seem to extend to yourselves. I am presently searching for an email address where bloggers can write a complaint to the director of the site or whoever might condescend to the low level of the average Christian. Thank you.

    • Dan Burke

      Dear F. Chips,

      I am the President of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Theology and the founder of this site. I have followed your engagement and am responding to your complaint. First, Dr. Howard, the author of the post, has a doctorate in Marian studies from the Angelicum in Rome. His piece is theologically sound and in keeping with the teachings of the Church. Liz, our editor is solid theologically and well educated in our policies and the topic at hand.

      I find your accusation of a lack of charity to be quite humorous as I would have cut you off after your first disregard of our guidelines. In contrast, Liz, though very direct, has been very patient with you and has even tried to help make your very wordy engagement more conducive to a dialogue in keeping with our standards.

      In the end my assessment is that your communications reflect a pride and sense of entitlement that is not suitable for discourse on our site. You seem to be a very talented graphic designer and seem to have a sharp mind but you are very presumptuous and uninformed in the realm of theology and specifically related to strong assertions you make based on your limited understanding. I pray you seek to better educate yourself in this realm so that you can contribute to sound theological discussion in the future and thereby better serve the Church regarding what is truly taught rather than what makes sense to you.

      Thank you for your participation.

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