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Patience   Presence of God – O Jesus, meek and divinely patient, teach me the secret of true patience. MEDITATION Patience is the virtue which makes us accept for love of God, generously and peacefully, everything that is displeasing to our nature, without allowing ourselves to be depressed by the sadness which easily comes over us when we meet with disagreeable things. Patience is a special... Read More

From Justice to Fortitude

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 8 of 12) From Justice to Fortitude This week, we straddle two virtues: the end of our discussion of justice and the beginning of our discussion of fortitude. And while they went together somehow, I can’t seem to bring them together cohesively into this writing assignment. So, given that, I’m going to focus on fortitude, a virtue I’ve admittedly never... Read More

The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper

January 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

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The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 1 of 12) Dear Fellow Reader: We at Catholic Spiritual Direction hope you’ve been enjoying a very Merry Christmas season, that your New Year is full of peace and joy, and that you are ready to make good on that New Year’s resolution to devote time every day to spiritual reading!  Please join us as we begin our first book for the New Year – The Four... Read More

Fortitude and Patience

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Fortitude and Patience Presence of God – Teach me, O Lord, to bear my sufferings with fortitude and patience. MEDITATION Although courage is needed to face or to undertake hard tasks, it is even more necessary in order to persevere in them, above all when they are unpleasant or of long duration, and it is impossible to avoid or change them. In this sense, St. Thomas teaches that the principal... Read More

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


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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