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St. Thomas writes: It is only right that we should be grateful not merely to those whom we think have found the truth and with whose views we agree by following them, but also to those who, in the search

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Charity, Humility, Uncategorized

Take up your cross

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34) Do I want to be a follower of Jesus? Absolutely! More than anything! But those words are

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Posted in Charity, Faith, Hope, Humility

Do not be afraid

It happened that he was standing by the lake of Genesareth, at a time when the multitude was pressing close about him to hear the word of God; and he saw two boats moored at the edge of the lake;

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Posted in Deus Caritas Est, Faith, Forgiveness, Humility, Sin

I must decrease

It is the feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, and it is easy to think of lots of politically-oriented things to say, and to prod myself to the same sort of courage that John had when it

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Posted in Humility

Your own garden matters

No, this is not about horticulture. In my last post I wrote about the importance of blooming where you’re planted. Today I hope to expand upon that theme a bit. The Author wrote: Yet it is not our part to

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Posted in Charity, Creation, Etc, Humility

This is your brain on dogma

It is easy, perhaps, for a lay Catholic to become intimidated by the sheer volume of dogmatic truths to which we give our assent. The Catechism alone is over 800 pages! Toss in hundreds of pages of Ott and Denzinger

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Posted in Catechism, Epistemology, Faith, Faith Seeking Understanding, Fides et Ratio, Humility, Infallibility

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

The Moment

Many Internet conversations turn out fine: one fellow convinces another, and everybody’s happy. Other conversations turn into off-road mudfests. Tires spin, mud spatters, and no one is convinced of anything. When the moment arrives that you realize you’re getting nowhere


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What you’re good at

A while ago I stumbled across the following blurb from Rick Baird. I don’t know a thing about him, but here is his website. Anyway, he said this: Everybody has their one thing that they’re good at, and if you

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Mr. Know-It-All

The essential quality of good listening is humility, which reflects the fact that God’s voice speaks to us even through the least and most inarticulate of His children. [Anonymous] Mr. Know-It-All doesn’t care about what people are trying to tell

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