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Good may not be so good, sometimes

It has been a few years since I have read Perelandra. I came across a passage tonight that made it clear it has been a few years too long since I read it, and it was just the sort of

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Posted in Books, Charity, Faith, Hope, Imitation of Christ, Suffering

My prayer for today

I didn’t write it, but it pretty well sums things up. O Lord, I shall suffer willingly for Your sake whatever You wish to send me. I am ready to accept from Your hand both good and evil alike, the

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Just What I Needed

I know I am not the only one to experience this, but it is a strange and wonderful gift that ofttimes when reading devotional literature on a daily basis we find that a certain day’s reading is exactly what we

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Imitation – Post 1

Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars. [The Imitation of Christ, I.2] Great knowledge and education are fine things, but cannot be compared

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Wealth

The precept of detachment from riches is obligatory for entrance into the Kingdom of heaven. (CCC §2544) And related: I find that trials are a great help towards detachment from the things of earth: they make one look higher than

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Detachment

Detachment doesn’t mean denying the good that is in the material world. Rather, it means viewing temporal goods as temporal, gifts from God meant to lead us to Him. Unlike some religions, where the physical world is seen as evil,

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Suffering

I suppose in certain ways some people might think that I am totally unqualified to write about anything like this. I won’t argue with them. Nevertheless here are some things which I have read recently that I have found to

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Sign-seeking is a bad idea

Previously I’ve done blog posts drawing from St John of the Cross, in which he warns that a preoccupation with signs and visions is a sin against faith. The Catechism confirms that this is something that is foolish at best

Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Catechism, Development of Doctrine

God told me, so it must be true

There are Protestants who preface major decisions that they make with some variation or other upon this theme: “God told me…” (I don’t mean to skewer Protestants particularly in this post, though. I’m sure that there must be Catholics who

Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Faith

Sign Seeking

It seems that we might say that it is “natural” to hope or wish that God would “show Himself” or confirm the truth of the Faith in a personal way—for you personally, or for me personally—by means of some miraculous

Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Epistemology, Faith
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