Saturday, July 9, 2016
Here are some Catholic athletes standing up for Christ and showing virtue that other Catholic personalities should do too. It is inspiring to see the fame has NOT stopped these men from witnessing to true Catholicism.
Kobe Bryant, Formed and Saved by His Catholic Faith -
See more at: http://aleteia.org/2016/04/15/kobe-bryant-saved-by-his-catholic-faith/#sthash.02gyJBsI.dpuf
"The one thing that really helped me during that process — I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic — was talking to a priest. It was actually kind of funny: He looks at me and says, ‘Did you do it?’ And I say, ‘Of course not.’ Then he asks, ‘Do you have a good lawyer?’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, yeah, he’s phenomenal.’ So then he just said, ‘Let it go. Move on. God’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle, and it’s in his hands now. This is something you can’t control. So let it go.’ And that was the turning point."
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The quest for virtue must begin with prayer. Prayer is the most necessary virtue to acquire.
Why should we pray?
If God knows our needs before even we know them, why do we need to pray?
"Your Father knows that you have need of all these things." (Matthew 6:32)
Since God was rejected by Adam in the Garden. To a certain extent, Adam shut God out of relationship with humanity; he chose it. The devil thought he had now won.
But there are other avenues God could still use, so that His relationship with Man would not die, chief among these is prayer.
"For we pray not that we may change the Divine disposition, but that we may impetrate that which God has disposed to be fulfilled by our prayers in other words
"that by asking, men may deserve to receive what Almighty God from eternity has disposed to give," as [St. Gregory the Great ] says (Dial. i, 8) "
(Summa Theologica, II-ii: Question 83--art. 2)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
There are three styles of fathering:
1.) Authoritarian fathering uses lots of commands, yelling and threats but little reasoning--draconian in nature.
"Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged." (Colossians 3:21)
“My sons, in my long experience very often I had to be convinced of this great truth. It is easier to become angry than to restrain oneself, and to threaten a boy than to persuade him." (St. John Bosco; Office of Readings, Jan. 31.)
2.) Permissive fathering is high on affection but low on authority. Subconsciously children can feel un-loved because they feel not worth the effort to set boundaries. Children raised by permissive parents do not learn age-appropriate behaviors and the consequences for performance or non-performance.
"What will become of boys when from earliest youth they are without teachers?... to exercise this child’s soul in virtue, to that no man any longer pays heed." (St. John Chrysostum VAINGLORY and THE RIGHT WAY FOR PARENTS TO BRING UP THEIR CHILDREN #18)
3.) Leadership fathering combines confidence with reasoning, love, and encouragement. Yelling is avoided.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Fellowship means service, self-restraint and respect for the rights of others.
Whenever you are alone you are master of your dispositions. You may do as you please, and may release whatever disposition you wish to express; provided you keep within the bounds of law, morals and ethics. This is called sovereignty
Sovereignty allows you to rest or lie down on the couch or the bed; if you desire to sing, to whistle, to eat or read, you can do as you please.
Once you are among others: family, groups, or any public event. Your Sovereignty is and must be curtailed. One is required to conform to regulations, customs and traditions--even if no legal, moral or ethical issues are involved.
The reason is, once you are among people, you are a member of a group, and in a group, you are bound by charity and lose your sovereignty, at least, part of it.
In a group others have equal rights of human dignity. Their rights must be respected as you would expect them to respect you.
This is called fellowship and is opposed to sovereignty. Fellowship means service, self-restraint and respect for the rights of others.
Sovereignty, when among others, means the reverse: domination, unrestricted power, and disregard for the needs, rights, and desires of others. Fellowship is the principle of group mindedness and charity; sovereignty is that of individualism. Each have their place and proper conditions.
To the extent that a sovereign recognizes others he loses the prerogatives of sovereignty. To the extent that a group grants to any of its members the status of sovereignty, it weakens the principle of fellowship.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Scrupulosity can be a problem. Most people have scrupulous moments. Depending on the time, the place, or frame of mind. We all have moments, when we fear we have broken a rule, or social norm, when in fact we haven't.
But scrupulosity is a perversion of doing little things for God. It also distorts the virtue of magnanimity. They look at all things, especially small things, as an obligation; they FEEL like they have failed, or even sinned, when no sin was in reality committed.
Individuals with a serious problem of scruples should seek professional psychological help, for it may be a sign of other serious problems.
But lets speak of the average person.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
No one ever ascends all at once to the highest point of vice or virtue; it is by the small habits we form.
“A magnificent building will never rise if we reject the insignificant bricks.” (St. Faustina)
The simplest way is to just have good manners, in the western tradition. Good manners is based on the scripture: "All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets." ( Mt. 7:12). He didn't say 'do NOT do unto others what you do NOT want done to you' While this is included, Jesus is making us pro-active-- "DO it"--
Do for others what you would like done for you. Good manners is just thinking of the other person. How do they feel?
Hold that door; say thank you and please; keep calm, when a co-worker, a manager, a customer, or companion is angry with you. Are we not offended, when some one is unkind or unjust to us? We might think : 'They didn't even say thank you !!' and we are offended.
Don't do it for a thank you, because you will often be disappointed, BUT do it because God has given you the opportunity to do it, for the love of God, and salvation of souls, that is reward enough.
Controlling the tongue is just controlling a muscle. Your thoughts might be angry or vulgar, but that word not said is an act of kindness. The perfect man has not the evil thought, but let us attack at the weakest link--our actions. If you have lost control of your thoughts, don't lose control of your muscles-- do not put the the anger into action.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
We have spoken a lot of the desire for virtue, but what is virtue?
First we must define a few topics to give us the viewpoint for the actions we must take.
Fr. Hardon writes in his Catholic Dictionary :
A good habit that enables a person to act according to right reason enlightened by faith. Also called an operative good habit, it makes its possessor a good person and his or her actions also good. (Etym. Latin virtus, virility, strength of character, manliness.) "
There are two types of virtues:
1. Theological-- given by the infusion of Sanctifying Grace at Baptism: Faith, Hope, and Charity.
2. Moral-- the Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance.
The theological virtues furnish a basis for all other virtues.