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Courage

Courage   Presence of God – O Lord, make me strong and courageous in Your service. MEDITATION The more a soul loves God, the more courageous it will be in undertaking any work, no matter how laborious, for love of Him. Fear of fatigue, of suffering, and of danger, is the greatest enemy of fortitude; it paralyzes the soul and makes it recoil before duty. Courage, on the contrary, is invigorating; it enables us to confront... Read More

Justice and Religion

Justice and Religion   Presence of God – Help me, O God, by Your grace, to render You all the homage of which I am capable. MEDITATION Justice leads us to render to each one what is his due. But when it is a question of justice to God, we can never succeed in giving Him all that we owe Him, in making Him a suitable return for all His gifts, in paying Him the worship and homage which are due His infinite Majesty. We can... Read More

Prudent Judgment

Prudent Judgment   Presence of God – Help me, O God, to judge with rectitude so that I may be able to act accordingly. MEDITATION The first duty of prudence is to help us choose the best means for attaining our final end. Many times the choice is easy and presents itself spontaneously to a mind accustomed to making judgments and acting in the light of eternity. At other times, however, it is difficult and perplexing, as... Read More

Purity – the Key to a Healthy Nation?

March 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 12 of 12) Only the combination of the intemperateness of lustfulness with the lazy inertia incapable of generating anger is the sign of complete and virtually hopeless degeneration. It appears whenever a caste, a people, or a whole civilization is ripe for decline and fall. – The Four Cardinal Virtues, Temperance: The Power of Wrath, Paragraph 12 Purity – the Key to a Healthy Nation? In... Read More

10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always (Part 2 of 2)

March 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 11 of 12) 10 Ways to Find Happiness, this Lent and Always (Part 2 of 2) This week we scheduled Part II of last week’s post, 10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always. But rather than try my very unworthy hand at imparting the wisdom of the ages, I thought you might appreciate a little direct advice from some of the greatest minds and souls in the history of the Church: (Note: #1 can be... Read More

10 Ways to Find Happiness this Lent and Always (Part 1 of 2)

March 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 10 of 12) An unchaste man wants above all something for himself; he is distracted by an unobjective “interest”; his constantly strained will-to-pleasure prevents him from confronting reality with that selfless detachment which alone makes genuine knowledge possible…In an unchaste heart, attention is not merely fixed upon a certain track, but the “window” of the soul has lost its transparency,... Read More

Love, Loss and the Liberty of Letting Go

March 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Vicki Burbach

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 9 of 12) …the lack of courage to accept injury and the incapability of self-sacrifice belong to the deepest sources of psychic illness. All neuroses seem to have as a common symptom an egocentric anxiety, a tense and self-centered concern for security, the inability to “let go”; in short, that kind of love for one’s own life that leads straight to the loss of life. – The Four Cardinal... Read More

From Justice to Fortitude

February 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Fortitude, Sarah Reinhard

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 really thought much about. Fortitude presupposes... Read More

21 Great Leadership Movies

February 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Justice, Vicki Burbach

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 7 of 12) If political life is to regain its dignity, a proper appreciation of the eminence of the ruler’s task and of the lofty human qualities required for it must be revived in the mind of the public. This means the very opposite of a totalitarian glorification of power. It implies rather that an arduous and unremitting effort of education should impart to the people an incontrovertible ideal... Read More

Utter Perversion of Mankind…from Injustice?

February 10, 2015 by  
Filed under Book Club, Cardinal Virtues, Justice, Sarah Reinhard

The Four Cardinal Virtues (Week 6 of 12) Utter Perversion of Mankind…from Injustice? Justice is a hot word in some circles, and it's one that gets tossed around and not so deeply considered. I didn't realize just how true that was until I dove into this week's reading. Last week, we read that justice is the only virtue that's an external act. This week, in chapter 3, we read two striking bits: Justice simply means “doing... Read More

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