August 13, 2008

1. What is the plan of God for man?

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as the Redeemer and Savior of mankind, fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness.

From the
Compendium
of the
CATECHISM
OF THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH
Click HERE for it.

My monastery's library sells older used liturgical books (Latin, etc.).

Such as:
Antiphonale
Breviarium
Lectionary
Libers Usualis
Kyriale
Psalter
Sacramentary


Our library's sales list is online.
Click HERE for it.

August 12, 2008

The one virtue that gives a royal crown to manliness

[These are notes I prepared for a group of Catholic men.]


CARDINAL VIRTUES: PIVOTAL FOR MANLINESS
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[Note: CCC = “Catechism of the Catholic Church.”]

THE CAPITAL SINS

CCC 1866
Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose,
or also be linked to the CAPITAL SINS which Christian experience has distinguished,
following St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great.
They are called “CAPITAL”
because they engender other sins, other vices.
They are
PRIDE,
AVARICE,
ENVY,
WRATH,
LUST,
GLUTTONY,
and SLOTH or ACEDIA.
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THE CARDINAL VIRTUES
“Cardinal” comes from the Latin word, “cardo,” which is a “hinge” or a “pivot.” “Virtue” comes the Latin word for “manliness.” The “Cardinal Virtues” are those virtues that are the pivots or hinges for all other human moral virtues, the pivots or hinges for manliness.
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CCC 1805
Four virtues play a PIVOTAL role
and accordingly are called “CARDINAL”;
all the others are grouped around them.
The cardinal virtues are:
PRUDENCE,
JUSTICE,
FORTITUDE,
and TEMPERANCE.

CCC 1835
PRUDENCE disposes the practical REASON
to DISCERN, in EVERY circumstance, our TRUE GOOD
AND
to CHOOSE the RIGHT MEANS for achieving it.

CCC 1806
.... PRUDENCE is ... RIGHT REASON IN ACTION....
It is not to be confused with timidity or fear,
nor with duplicity or dissimulation.
It is called AURIGA VIRTUTUM (the charioteer of the virtues);
IT GUIDES THE OTHER VIRTUES BY SETTING RULE AND MEASURE.
It is prudence that IMMEDIATELY guides the JUDGMENT OF CONSCIENCE.
The prudent man DETERMINES and DIRECTS his conduct in accordance with this judgment....

CCC 1836
JUSTICE consists in the firm and constant will to give God and neighbor their due.

CCC 1837
FORTITUDE ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.

CCC 1838
TEMPERANCE moderates the attraction of the pleasures of the sense and provides balance in the use of created goods.
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Those are the four virtues
around which
all the other virtues pivot.
[Note CCC 1805 above.]

Out of the four cardinal virtues,
PRUDENCE is
the “CHARIOTEER OF THE VIRTUES”
(auriga virtutum),
the one that is in the “driver’s seat” for all other virtues.
Prudence is the KING of the human moral virtues.
Prudence is the ROYAL CROWN for manliness.

Prudence is also called “wisdom.” It is the ROYAL or KINGLY Virtue, the one that King Solomon asked to receive from God.

2 Chronicles 1:7-12
... God appeared to Solomon, and said to him,
“Ask what I shall give you.”
And Solomon said to God,
“.... thou hast made me king
over a people as many as the dust of the earth.
Give me now wisdom and knowledge...
for who can rule this thy people, that is so great?”
God answered Solomon,
“Because this was in your heart,
and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honor,
or the life of those who hate you,
and have not even asked long life,
but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself
that you may rule my people
over whom I have made you king,
wisdom and knowledge are granted to you....”


August 10, 2008

My homily for the Nineteenth Ordinary Sunday of the Church Year

Click HERE for it.