Novenas in Scripture
Mar11

Novenas in Scripture

Novenas in Scripture The 2nd Annual Evangelium Vitae novena is less than a week away, so I though it might be interesting to look at the origins of novenas. The word novena is derived from the latin word meaning ‘nine’, and a novena consists of some form of prayer involving nine parts. Novenas, as we know them, have been around since the 17th century. But are novenas just a Catholic thing, or do they have some basis in...

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The Witness of the Laity – from Lumen Gentium
May29

The Witness of the Laity – from Lumen Gentium

 The Witness of the Laity – from Lumen Gentium                         THE WITNESS OF THE LAITY – from Lumen Gentium; the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.   Christ, the great Prophet, who proclaimed the Kingdom of His Father both by the testimony of His life and the power of His words, continually fulfills His prophetic office until the complete...

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The Theological Virtues: Charity
May12

The Theological Virtues: Charity

      The Theological Virtues: Charity Or: Loving as God Loves   The two terms “love” and “charity” are frequently used interchangeably, and with good reason, since the virtue of charity is in fact a kind of love. However, the two are not identical; not all forms of love are also charity. For example, we often hear expressions like, “I love hot chocolate,” or “I love...

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The Theological Virtues: Hope
May12

The Theological Virtues: Hope

  The Theological Virtues: Hope Or: Striving for Heaven   As we saw in the previous lesson, Faith reveals to us God’s supernatural plan for our lives. With faith we know that the ultimate purpose and fulfillment of each human person lies in the attainment of Heaven. Once we have this knowledge, it is time to begin working towards that objective. That’s where the theological virtue of Hope enters the picture. Hope...

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The Theological Virtues: Faith
May12

The Theological Virtues: Faith

      The Theological Virtues: Faith Or: God’s Truth in Our Souls   Perhaps you remember how back when we were discussing the Cardinal Virtues, the first on the list was Prudence, because it was the virtue of knowledge, and knowledge must always come before all other activities. You have to know what to do before you can do it. The same is true on the supernatural level: you have to have a supernatural...

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