Examen on Humility Toward Our Neighbor

According to the doctrine of St. Thomas the first act of humility consists in subjecting ourselves to God, and the next is to subject – that is to say, to humble – ourselves toward our neighbor for the love of God. As the Holy Ghost says through St. Peter: “Be ye subject therefore to every…

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Homeschool Advice for Catholic Moms

“A child will always learn best when he has a teacher who loves him.” -Anonymous It sounds a bit romantic, perhaps bringing to mind pretty children in lacy pajamas, staring into their father’s eyes as he reads poetry from a rocking chair. Nevertheless, this adage is true. While our concept of love may need tweaking,…

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Purgatory and the Church Suffering

Only in the Holy Catholic Faith can you fix your mind upon something so horrific yet marvelous, gruesome yet beautiful, that which you desperately want to avoid yet is that which you will one day willingly throw yourself into. That, Dear Parent, is the awesome reality of purgatory, the residence of the Church Suffering. This…

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Mourning Those Whom We Have Lost

“Raise up your eyes often to Heaven; and see that this life is only a passage to eternity.” -St. Francis de Sales If we lose our parents and friends, we ought not to be too much distressed; for there is no reason in the world why we should desire those whom we love to remain…

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Thomas à Kempis on Prayer

How We Are to Be Disposed and What We Are to Say When We Desire Anything CHRIST: My son, say this on every occasion: Lord, if it be pleasing to Thee let this be done in this manner. Lord, if it be to Thy honor let this be done in Thy name. Lord, if Thou…

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The Spiritual Reality of the Church Militant

Militant is a word that modern parents do not appreciate. They believe Christianity to be all clouds and rainbows, void of anything harsh, and certainly without any notion of fighting or violence. Do not fall into this devilish trap, Dear Parent! Your child is, indeed, part of a military: the greatest military of the Divine…

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St. Gemma’s Gift of Supernatural Prayer

By means of prayer, the soul is enabled to lift itself near to God and thus live a spiritual life – that of Christian perfection.  This spiritual life has various degrees, and the soul that is enabled to pass through all of them will assuredly come to a full union with God. The first degrees…

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Our First Vocation is to Be Holy

It is well documented that many of the parents of the saints desired to dedicate their lives completely to God as priests and religious. But God had other plans that were more glorious than they could have imagined. Plans that may have first baffled these parents. Since God is all-knowing, He can look into the…

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The Happy Death of the Just

The end, it is said, crowns the work, and, therefore, it is in death that the just man’s life is most fittingly crowned, while the departure of the sinner is a no less fitting close to his wretched career. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Ps. 115:15), says…

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The Necessary Practice of Mortification

“But you, know by experience that our cross is truly full of unction, whereby it is not only light, but all the bitterness and hardship we find in our state is, by the grace of God, rendered sweet and pleasant.” -St. Bernard I shall now speak of those means that may help us to render…

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The Draw of the Old Mass in Latin

What is it about the Traditional Latin Mass that attracts so many, especially the younger generations? As a card-carrying Millennial, I hope to provide some insight. If you have walked into a Latin Mass with an open mind, you’ve likely been struck by the realization that something important is happening. The priest is not looking…

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The Proof of True Humility is Patience

The proof of true humility is patience: neither meekness of speech, nor humbleness of bearing, nor the giving up of oneself to lowly works, is a sufficient indication by which to judge if a soul is truly humble.  There are many who bear all the appearance of exterior humility, but who are angered at every…

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On Visiting Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament

“I repeat then once more: love your Lord and God in the Blessed Sacrament a little more, and I am sure you will be found oftener before the altar.” -Fr. Michael Müller Asking King Herod, “Where is the newborn King of the Jews?” inquired the three Magi of the king of Jerusalem.  “Where is He?”…

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The Excellence of Abandonment to God

Abandonment is the virtue of virtues; it is the cream of charity, the fragrance of humility, the sweetness of patience, and the fruit of perseverance.  Great is this virtue, and worthy of being practiced by the beloved children of God. “My Father,” says our good Savior on the cross, “into Thy hands I commend my…

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That We Need Not Fear Satan

“Now if the devil himself confesses that he can do nothing, we ought utterly to condemn both him and his demons.” -St. Anthony of the Desert Seeing that I have begun to discourse thus unwisely, take for your safety and encouragement this also.  And believe me, for I do not lie.  Once someone knocked at…

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St. Joseph: Model of Catholic Manhood

What is a real man? Can you define it? If you saw a real man walking down the street, would you notice? In a world of androgynous fashion, fluid ‘gender’ and rampant feminism, the truth about who or what a man is, is as ambiguous as information that comes out of Public Health. We are…

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Humility As the Foundation of All Virtues

“Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart,” says the Lord (Matthew 11:29). Our highest teacher and lawgiver, Jesus Christ, urged us to learn the virtue of humility. For whoever cultivates this marvelous virtue will quickly arrive at spiritual perfection. But without humility, no amount of study of Sacred Scripture or theology,…

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