morality

If the 7 Capital Virtues Were Jane Austen Characters

There is no shortage of moral tales in Jane Austen’s six completed and published novels. After all, she was the daughter of an Anglican minister and lived an upright life. Although I’ve already written about the characters that best examples of the 7 deadly virtues, this time we’ll focus on which characters best exemplify their …

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Exploring the Epic Moral Mastery of St. Alphonsus Liguori

How do you define mastery? According to the dictionary, mastery is defined as “comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment.” It usually does not take long to recognize a master. Their works, knowledge, and performance clearly demonstrate them as subject matter experts. Michael Jordan demonstrated a clear mastery of basketball. Mozart displayed a …

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That Time a Demon Invaded the Confessional, and a Porn Addict was Released

One of my good friends, whom we’ll call Rob, tells the most extraordinary stories. That’s probably because he’s had a most extraordinary life. First exposed to porn at age six or seven, he quickly found that he couldn’t live without it—or so he thought. Turns out Rob has an obsessive personality—exactly the kind of person …

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Little Sisters of the Poor Celebrate Victory in 6-Year Battle Against HHS Mandate

Washington D.C. — With November 2nd came the final ruling of the HHS mandate for the Little Sisters of the Poor. In January of 2012 the Obama Administration decided that it was “basic healthcare” to provide contraceptive methods and sterilization to anyone with insurance at the expense of the employer. The clear moral implications of …

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Can We Still Enjoy Military Thrillers After Changes by Pope Francis?

From the works of Brad Thor and Vince Flynn to Matthew Betley, military thrillers regularly top the bestseller lists. They’ve been popular since at least the 1950s, but after 9/11, readers have absolutely flocked to them. In light of Pope Francis’s recent change to the Catechism involving the inadmissibility of the death penalty, however, some …

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“I was an instant convert to it” Humanae Vitae Impacted this Doctor’s Entire Career

Happy 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae!!! To mark this historic day, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, of the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha NE, sat down for a twenty minute interview with Spirit Catholic Radio. “I was in medical school when it came out. . . . It met with an instantaneous dissent. And this dissent …

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passions

Want to Obtain Happiness This Lent? Harness Your Passions

Every day offers an opportunity to either grow closer to God or to give into the temptation to sin. This battleground and interior journey is full of passions, feelings, and emotions – and there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, passions give us our energy and life purpose. It’s impossible to look a the lives …

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4 Billboards You Ought to Pray Against While Traveling

Many Christians and their families like to practice devotions while traveling: praying the rosary together, listening to a spiritual audiobook, even stopping to visit shrines or holy places along the way. These are commendable practices. Every now and then, however, we ought to look out the window and see what our culture’s up to. If …

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Archdiocese of Boston Expresses Disappointment on Legalization of Marijuana

^ Note: The above image is of the self-proclaimed “Sisters of the Valley,” who are not actually Catholic nuns as recognized by the Catholic Church. Their actions have been documented by such pieces as Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble’s April 2016 article The Marijuana “Nuns” Need to Give up Their Schtick: The fake “Sisters of the Valley” …

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