It is Better to Suffer for Doing Good than for Doing Evil

Since hearing this in a homily it manifested into a maxim of sorts. When I have a moral decision to make and my lack of virtue is apparent it comes in handy. Choosing the good comes easily when you have the virtue. You don’t have to think about it, you just do it. It is a skill. When virtue is lacking you may start to negotiate internally. You wane or waver over the moral choice.

This is where the maxim comes in. I remind myself that it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. It has helped a lot because when we lack virtue we are going to suffer in some way depending on our choice. When that virtue gets built up we can choose the good without feeling it as suffering or loss on our part. This concept takes a little getting used to. Below I toss off two examples from my own life to clarify. Continue reading “It is Better to Suffer for Doing Good than for Doing Evil”

The Courage for Patience

Do you have the courage it takes to be patient? Have you ever thought of patience and courage as going hand in hand? I have always heard patience is a virtue. Then I came across this in a book I’m reading on the virtues. It describes the virtue of courage (which you may know better as fortitude) as the strength of will that enables us to conquer fear. What on earth does that have to do with patience you say? Please do not be impatient. Simply read on.  Continue reading “The Courage for Patience”

I Pray as I Live

There is a line I was reading in the Catechism (CC 2725) that got my attention. “We pray as we live, because we live as we pray.” Its under the section called the “battle of prayer”. It says “The battle of prayer is inseparable from the necessary “spiritual battle” to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ.”

Prayer is a battle, an epic one really. It has to do with me and eternity and I cannot retreat, I must press on (with the help of heaven). Continue reading “I Pray as I Live”

Crossover Blog on the Eucharist

One of my young fiddle students told me how to navigate crossover episodes. It is pretty fun, you watch a TV episode of The Flash, it then continues on Arrow and finishes on Legends of Tomorrow. So this is my lame attempt at a crossover blog from Dane’s post on A Case for Eucharist Piety. Of course I am doing this months later, instead of coordinating and syncing up the following week.  Also, the transition from his blog is rather weak and nowhere close to seamless. So the good news is, you can start reading this now, you won’t be at all lost. Well, scratch that. You may already be lost after reading this lousy introduction. I promise it gets better though!  Continue reading “Crossover Blog on the Eucharist”

Summer Reading Challenge

Q: What do these have in common? St. Patrick’s Summer: A Children’s Adventure Catechism; Twenty Tales of Irish Saints; The Golden Legend of Young Saints; My Path to Heaven: A Young Person’s Guide to the Faith.

A: They make great books to read out loud to your children this summer and are all available free on Formed.

My 9 and 7 year old LOVE these stories. They are full of substance, and are written to capture the hearts and minds of parents and their children. Continue reading “Summer Reading Challenge”

Go! Listen to your Mother

On the morning of June 21, 2014 I headed up to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was touring the U.S. and I went to the Mass and the talk on Fatima afterwards. That morning I was blessed with a sublime spiritual moment from our Blessed Mother that continues to impact me every single day of my life. And it just so happens that Sacred Heart is hosting the statue with Mass, Adoration, and a talk this Friday, May 5. My advice, adjust your schedule for Mary and go! (Click here for the schedule)
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