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Call of Duty: More than Just a Popular Video Game

July 15, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 15 of 16)

Man's duty towards his neighbor is embraced in the practice of charity and mercy. Read Holy Scriptures and you will appreciate the importance of these virtues. The writings of the prophets, Apostles, and evangelists abound with counsels concerning them.

The Sinner's Guide, Chapter 41, Paragraph 1

The Call of Duty: More than just a Popular Video Game

Duty just isn't a popular concept. At the very least, it's not a comfortable concept.

How easy it is to get caught up in what I have to do, in what's expected of me, and lose all the joy that God desires for me to have.

Yet here's Louis of Granada going beyond that, challenging us with three chapters (one of which was in last week's assignment) about duty.

Duty is what's required of us. It's an obligation.

As I read these chapters, I couldn't help but think that duty, as unappetizing as it seems on the surface, actually gives me a lot of stability and even some comfort. Knowing what needs done, while not making it a guarantee to happen, at least points you in the right direction.

I was especially struck by this passage on purity of intention:

The temple of Jerusalem contained nothing which was not either of gold or covered with gold. It is no less fitting that in our souls, the living temples of the Divinity, there should be nothing that is not charity or animated by it. Let us bear in mind that God values the intention more than the action, and that the simplest work becomes noble when performed with a noble intention, while the greatest will be of little value if performed from an indifferent motive.

Chapter 42, Section VI, Paragraph 4

This book has had a way of really making me pay attention to things that have hovered underneath my awareness. This section was no different.

Reading Assignment:

Chapter 45-48

Discussion Questions:

1. How can you approach each day with charity and purity of intention?

2. What can you do today or this week to better embrace your duty with an attitude of joy, or, at the very least, with a smile?

Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

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Sarah Reinhard continues to delight ”and be challenged by” her vocations of Catholic wife and mother. She's online at and is the author of a number of books for families.

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