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Abandoned

Abandoned is the daily prompt. So here are a few thoughts I have that are related to the idea of abandonment somehow. St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle were abandoned by Descartes. This was a colossal blunder in the history of

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Etc

Faith is not a special way of feeling

If I am waiting, hoping, looking, or longing for some subjective feeling or other to certify my belief in God, I am barking up the wrong tree. Completely. Not to pick on them especially (because they are by no means

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Faith, Faith Seeking Understanding, Fides et Ratio

The Way of the Cross

The way of the Cross is the way of suffering. It makes me happy to be suffering for you now, and in my own body to make up all the hardships that still have to be undergone by Christ for

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Posted in Aquinas - Theology, Ascent of Mt Carmel, Suffering

Bloom where you are planted

Quoth The Author: It is best to love first what you are fitted to love, I suppose; you must start somewhere and have some roots. We Westerners are restless people. We move around (literally and figuratively) more than is probably

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Books, Charity, Western Civilization

True Virtue

St. Teresa says this in Interior Castle, about the soul in mortal sin: While in a state like this the soul will find profit in nothing, and hence, being as it is in mortal sin, none of the good works

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Posted in Apologetics, Ascent of Mt Carmel, Merit, Sola Gratia

The Greatest of all Concerns

But let us remember, Philothea, so to pass our time of recreation that we may never lose sight of the greatest of all concerns–eternity. (St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life III.27) We can’t work all the time.

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Veritatis Splendor

Interior Struggle

[T]here is indeed no radical deliverance for humanity which is not the fruit of an interior struggle, in which suffering, distress accepted in faith, is the condition of a truly new life. (Louis Bouyer, Introduction to the Spiritual Life) Suffering,

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Perfectly Broken

How can you possibly expect to remain always in the same state of virtue when the angels in heaven and the first man in paradise failed to do so? (The Imitation of Christ) Speaking as a recovering perfectionist (if there

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Big Circumstance(s)

I like this snip from St. Francis de Sales: But would you know, Philothea, which are the best abjections, I tell you plainly, that those are the most profitable to our souls, and most acceptable to God, which befall us

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Posted in Deus Caritas Est, Humility, Imitation of Christ, Saints, Suffering

Devout Living

In 1609 St. Francis de Sales published a book called Introduction to the Devout Life. Unlike some other books (like, for example, The Imitation of Christ, which I love) St. Francis wrote this Introduction for folks like you and me.

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