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What is Custody of the Senses?

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I’ve heard about custody of the senses. What exactly is it and why should I practice it? Thank you Father. Your explanations always help. Great question! Yes, we should all practice “custody of the senses.” The core meaning of this traditional phrase from our Catholic spirituality is fairly simple to grasp. It means taking care of what we pay attention to. Our senses put us into contact with... Read More

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary December 8th Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Mary Immaculate, my loving Mother, and listen to her invitation: “Come over to me all you who desire me, and I will declare to you what great things God has done for my soul” (Roman Breviary). MEDITATION The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is in perfect harmony with the... Read More

What virtues can I practice to overcome the root sin of sensuality?

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Dear Father John, Thank you for the post on root sin. It has definitely helped me. My question is, charity and humility seem to be the virtues to practice if the root sin is pride or vanity. But what would be the virtue to practice to overcome sensuality? It seems that it is more of an emotional response, hence the sensuality. Thanks to your article have identified this as my root sin, I am not entirely... Read More

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