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The Extent of Fraternal Charity

The Extent of Fraternal Charity   Presence of God  – O Lord, make me understand that true charity allows of no exceptions, but embraces with sincere love our neighbor, whoever he may be. MEDITATION If charity were based on our neighbor’s qualities, on his merits or his worth, if it were based on the consolation and benefits we receive from him, it would be impossible to extend it to all men. But since it is founded on... Read More

4 Ways to Increase Patience

4 Ways to Increase Patience Patience is so important that Jesus Christ, our model in all virtues, said: “In your patience you shall possess your souls” (Luke 21:19, Douay-Rheims). One pious soul prayed in desperation: “Lord, give me patience right now!” Maybe this has been your prayer for the last few years. Our patience can be tested by various circumstances: the failure of health, economic setbacks, family members who... Read More

The Precept of Charity

The Precept of Charity   Presence of God – O Lord, teach me to love You truly, with my whole heart, my whole soul, and with all my strength. MEDITATION “Virtue lies in the golden mean.” This maxim which is so exact for the moral virtues, cannot be applied to the theological virtues, which, having an infinite object, can have no limit. The measure of our faith, hope, and charity is to believe, to hope, and to love without... Read More

Hope

Hope   Presence of God – O Lord, strengthen my hope, for he who hopes in You will never be confounded. MEDITATION Faith makes us know God; we believe in Him with all our strength but we do not see Him. Our faith, therefore, needs to be supported by the certitude that some day we will see our God, that we will possess Him and will be united to Him forever. The virtue of hope gives us this certitude by presenting God to us... Read More

Prayer, Theological Virtues, and Spiritual Aridity – Part I

Today, in part one of a special two-part interview, Dan speaks with Fr. Jacques Philippe about prayer, the theological virtues and spiritual aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the most powerful prayer? How should the virtues of faith, hope and love be incorporated into my prayer life? How does reading Scripture passages help us grow in faith? How can we build faith, hope and love through the events of... Read More

Mystery of Hope

Mystery of Hope   Presence of God – Let me hunger for You, O Bread of Angels, pledge of future glory. MEDITATION Jesus said: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread that I will give is My Flesh, for the life of the world.” The Jews disliked this speech; they began to question and dispute the Master’s words. But Jesus answered them still... Read More

The Virtues and the Gifts

The Virtues and the Gifts   Presence of God – Teach me, O Holy Spirit, to remain in an attitude of continual attention to Your inspirations, and of perpetual dependence upon Your impulses. MEDITATION St. Thomas teaches that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to us as a help to the virtues: “dona sunt in adjutorium virtutum.” This is a very meaningful expression: note that we receive the gifts to help the virtues,... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive — Updated

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive (Updated)   Editor's Note: Yesterday May 4th, 2017, Pope Francis declared Cardinal François-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan “Venerable”, a further step on the road to canonization which began in 2007 when his cause was first opened. With that exciting development, we have updated Dr. Anthony Lilles' post about the prominence of the Cross in Venerable Cardinal Van Thuan's life. Though... Read More

The Supper at Bethany

The Supper at Bethany Monday of Holy Week   Presence of God— O Lord, with Mary of Bethany I wish to pay my humble, devout homage to Your sacred Body before it is disfigured by the Passion. MEDITATION The Gospel for today (John 12:1-9) tells us of this impressive scene: “Jesus therefore, six days before the Pasch, came to Bethany … and they made Him a supper there; and, Martha served…. Mary, therefore, took a pound... Read More

Spiritual Discipline of Detachment

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Detachment, Dylan Jedlovec, Virtue

The Avila Institute helps students grow in their own personal spiritual journey while also equipping them with knowledge about the faith. The great thing about the Institute is that it helps students to grow in their prayer lives and spiritual discipline. Each class is prayerful with plenty of material for students to reflect on outside of class. Many students finish the class having grown in virtue and prayer. For this post, I... Read More

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