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  • Pride Goeth Before Destruction ~ Celebrate Humility

    06/02/2021 7:24:07 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 17 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | June 1, 2021 | Florentius
    Recall, Christians, what Sacred Scripture declareth: "Pride goeth before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall." [Proverbs 16:18]And also: "Pride is the beginning of all sin. He that holdeth it, shall be filled with maledictions, and it shall ruin him in the end." [Ecclesiasticus, 10:15]Pride is numbered in the Catholic Catechism among the Seven Deadly Sins [CCC 1866]. Writing in the early Seventh Century AD, Pope Saint Gregory the Great reflected on the sin of pride in his epochal Moralia in Job, saying: "Whoever extols himself above his proper condition, is weighed down by the very burden...
  • 9 Quotes about the Virtue of Confidence from Scriptures and Saints

    03/23/2021 6:28:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    This year is marked by gloomy and unknowable prospects. Here are some thoughts on the virtue of confidence that will strengthen the soul. “Have confidence, I have overcome the world.” Our Lord Jesus Christ “And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Our Lord Jesus Christ “Confidence is a hope fortified by solid conviction.” Saint Thomas Aquinas “Advance very simply with the Cross of Our Lord, and have peace with yourself. You will pass through every storm safely, as long as your trust...
  • An Insight on Hope from St. Augustine

    07/10/2020 10:10:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-05-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on July 5, 2020July 5, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope An Insight on Hope from St. Augustine The word “hope” in modern English has lost much of the vigor assigned to what we call the theological virtue of Hope. In English hope often means merely a vague wish, as in, “I hope it doesn’t rain.” But the theological virtue of Hope (which I capitalize to distinguish it from worldly hope) is more vigorously defined as the confident expectation of God’s help in attaining eternal salvation. Notice therefore it is no mere wish, it is a confident expectation based...
  • Twelve Steps to Humility

    02/17/2020 9:30:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-16-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on February 16, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope Twelve Steps to Humility In yesterdayÂ’s post, we considered the twelve steps of pride set forth by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In escalating ways, the twelve steps draw us to an increasingly mountainous and enslaving pride.St. Bernard also enumerates the twelve steps to deeper humility and it is these that we consider today. As with yesterdayÂ’s post, the list by St. Bernard is shown in red, while my meager commentary is shown in plain, black text. To read St. BernardÂ’s reflections, consider purchasing the book Steps of Humility and Pride.(1)...
  • Five Fundamentals for a Firm Faith – A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year

    10/06/2019 7:28:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-05-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on October 5, 2019October 4, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Five Fundamentals for a Firm Faith – A Homily for the 27th Sunday of the Year The readings for this Sunday’s Mass richly describe some essential qualities of faith. There are five fundamentals that can be seen:Wanting – The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5-6).There’s an old saying that what you want, you get. Many doubt this, thinking that they have wanted many things that they did not get. The reason for this, however, is usually because they didn’t want it enough. When we...
  • Three Reasons for Humility

    09/11/2019 9:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-10-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on September 10, 2019September 10, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Three Reasons for Humility The first reading at Mass this past Sunday (23rd Sunday of the Year C) speaks to our limitations and need for humility.Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends? For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans. For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns. And scarce do we guess the things on earth, and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;...
  • Tolerance: A Brief Consideration of a Widely Misunderstood Virtue

    07/22/2019 8:39:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-21-19 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on July 21, 2019July 21, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope Tolerance: A Brief Consideration of a Widely Misunderstood Virtue Tolerance is often bandied about today with a meaning far removed from its original definition. It has come to mean agreeing with or supporting what someone else is saying or doing; one is deemed tolerant to the degree that he goes along with another’s words or behavior.However, if one supports another’s position or actions, one doesn’t need to “tolerate” it. We don’t tolerate what we love; we tolerate what we hate; we tolerate people with whom we disagree, not...
  • Zeal: A Virtue Most Necessary to Overcome Sloth and Moral Sleepiness

    09/06/2018 6:56:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-05-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Zeal: A Virtue Most Necessary to Overcome Sloth and Moral Sleepiness Msgr. Charles Pope • September 5, 2018 • One of the great virtues related to charity is zeal. Zeal is the ardor of charity; it is love burning brightly. It is a fiery love for God, for His gracious truth, and for the salvation of souls.Because of human fear, sloth, and self-seeking, zeal is rare. It is especially difficult to find in our present age, when relativism and “tolerance” are so prevalent. Both relativism and excessive tolerance are little more than sloth masquerading as something more benign. People...
  • Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

    08/14/2018 8:51:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-13-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden Msgr. Charles Pope • August 13, 2018 • Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life:I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found not only the roses of his martyrs. In it there are also the lilies of the virgins, the ivy of wedded couples, and the violets of widows. On no account...
  • Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

    07/10/2018 8:16:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-09-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila Msgr. Charles Pope • July 9, 2018 • I have written before on humility in prayer as St. Augustine sets it forth. In today’s post I look to the same topic, but this time as St. Teresa of Avila presents it in her treatise The Way of Perfection.In setting forth her teaching, I have substantially reworked the order of her reflections. St. Teresa was able to see the “whole rose” of the topic, jumping from petal to petal without effort. I, being of a vastly inferior intellect and of far...
  • Pondering Isaiah’s Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We “Look on Evil”

    05/25/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pondering Isaiah’s Advice to Close Our Eyes Lest We “Look on Evil” Msgr. Charles Pope • May 24, 2018 • In this age of nearly instantaneous communication, there is an overwhelming amount of news and information available to us. There is nothing wrong with news and information, but each of us must decide how much exposure, in terms of time and content, is good for us. Not all “Breaking News!” is really that urgent. Too much news can distract us, overwhelm us, and provoke anxiety and anger. Further, the “news” is heavily filtered to feature what is bad, strange,...
  • A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

    05/21/2018 7:51:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Look at the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Msgr. Charles Pope • May 20, 2018 • On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given unto our mission to the ends of the earth. Among His gifts are the fruits of the Spirit which deserve our attention today.The Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Catechism and Tradition are drawn largely from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he writes,But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ...
  • What is Humility? What are Its Limits?

    04/30/2018 8:27:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-29-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Humility? What are Its Limits? Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2018 • This post is part of an occasional series on the virtuesAt its heart, humility is reverence for the truth about oneself. We are neither to esteem ourselves too highly nor despise ourselves as bereft of God’s gifts. By humility we acknowledge that we depend on God and the gifts of others but also that we are called to accept our gifts and then use them for others. None of us has all the gifts, but together, and from God, we have all the gifts....
  • Humility is Hard - A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility

    04/27/2018 8:10:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-26-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Humility is Hard - A Meditation on Some Aspects of Humility Msgr. Charles Pope • April 26, 2018 • Pride is our most pervasive and serious sin. Humility is its antidote and the foundation of our spiritual life, and as the remedy to our most deep-seated pathology, it must be strong medicine. Humility is hard to swallow and has a lot of things it needs to work on.I. The Foundation of Humility – Humility as a foundation is a good image, because by it we bow toward the earth or soil (humus in Latin) and abase ourselves before God....
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Justice

    03/09/2018 8:13:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-08-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Justice Msgr. Charles Pope • March 8, 2018 • Justice, Raphael SanzioAs we explore the cardinal virtue of justice, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 57-122), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous citation of the Summa to serve for the entire post.The cardinal virtue of justice enables us to render to others what is due to them on a consistent basis....
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude

    03/08/2018 7:49:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-07-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Fortitude Msgr. Charles Pope • March 7, 2018 • Fortitude, Pietro PeruginoIn exploring the cardinal virtue of fortitude, it is helpful to follow the schema of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae (II, IIae, qq. 123-140), where he treats it expansively. Because I am summarizing a large amount of material here, I have not included references for each specific point below. Please allow the previous citation of the Summa to serve for the entire post.Not only is fortitude a cardinal virtue, it is also one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gift...
  • The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence

    03/06/2018 8:20:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-05-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cardinal Virtues: Prudence Msgr. Charles Pope • March 5, 2018 • Last week we considered the seven deadly sins; this week we begin a series on the virtues. Traditionally, there are seven Christian virtues: the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude, and the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. There are also seven virtues (some of which are also in the previous list) that are specifically directed against the seven deadly sins. I will begin today with a consideration of the cardinal virtue of prudence.Prudence is often misunderstood as merely caution or hesitance in taking...
  • The Need for Two Pockets

    01/29/2018 8:18:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-28-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Need for Two Pockets Msgr. Charles Pope • January 28, 2018 • Like so many things in life, self-esteem needs to be balanced. The balance is between humility and pride. The following is attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim, one of the leaders of Hasidic Judaism in Poland in the late 1700s and early 1800s:Everyone must have two pockets so that he can reach into one or the other according to his needs. In his right pocket are to be the words, “For my sake was the world created,” and in his left pocket, “I am dust and ashes”...
  • Eyes that Are Humble - A Meditation on the Conversion of St. Paul

    01/26/2018 9:06:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-25-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Eyes that Are Humble - A Meditation on the Conversion of St. Paul Msgr. Charles Pope • January 25, 2018 • Today in daily Mass we read the well-known story of St. Paul’s conversion. There is a detail in the story that I have often pondered. Although I am speculating on the specifics, I think it ought not to be overlooked. Even my choice of the words “speculating” and “overlooked” (both of which refer to the eyes) indicate that we ought to “give an eye” to St. Paul’s eyes.As you probably recall, St. Paul was not just struck down...
  • A Brief Story About the Need for Prudence

    01/25/2018 8:14:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-24-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Brief Story About the Need for Prudence Msgr. Charles Pope • January 24, 2018 • God speaks to us through many experiences and images. Sometimes there are differing layers of meaning and we must carefully and prudently discern what God is saying to us. Prudence is not the same as caution. Rather, it is the virtue that bids us, in each situation, to keep in mind our deeper call and final goal. Consider the following story:A man, walking through the forest saw a fox that had lost its legs, and wondered how it lived. Then he saw a...