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Anger – The Father of all Sins

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
If pride is the mother of all sins, anger is the father.  While all sins are born from pride, those same sins are often supported by anger.  Pride nurtures sin, and anger defends it. Fr. John A. Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary defines anger as follows:
An emotional sense of displeasure and usually antagonism, aroused by real or apparent injury.  The anger can be either passionate or nonpassionate, depending on the degree to which the emotions are excited, strongly in one case and mildly in the other.
Anger is not sinful if the following three conditions are met: (1) the cause of the anger is just (for… Read More

The Collapse of the Twinkie Empire

Saturday, November 24th, 2012
The year was 1969.  I was 12 years old, and the boy who delivered the local newspaper to my parents’ home told me that he was going to quit delivering papers.  His name was Richie.  I asked Richie what I needed to do to take over the job, and he gave me the name and telephone number of his supervisor at the Peoria Journal Star.  After talking to my mom about applying… Read More

God’s Use of Special Agents

Monday, November 19th, 2012
Last week after Georgette finished talking to a friend on the telephone, she said to me, “When I was talking about the benefits of praying the rosary, my friend (a former Catholic) asked, ‘If God is omnipresent, why would He approve of you praying to someone else, instead of directly to Him – and how do we know the saints can hear our prayers?’” Georgette then asked… Read More

Predominant Tendencies and Primary Faults

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
We were all born with a strong tendency toward pride, the mother of all sins.  Because of our fallen human nature, we were also born with a tendency toward each of the other root passions of lust, anger, avarice, envy, gluttony, and sloth; furthermore, as a result of the individual unique traits that each of us were born with, combined with the environment we grew up in and our life experiences, we each entered adolescence, and later adulthood, with a predominant tendency toward one of the other six root passions. A predominant tendency toward anger, envy, or sloth can oftentimes be recognized in a child, while a predominant tendency toward… Read More

The Doorway to Holiness and Perfection

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
In her book The Way of Perfection, St. Teresa of Avila wrote, “…but it remains for us to become detached from our own selves and it is a hard thing to withdraw from ourselves and oppose ourselves, because we are very close to ourselves and love ourselves very dearly…It is here that true humility can enter.” It was God Himself who set an example of humility for us.  He relinquished His power and glory by coming to Earth as a helpless human being.  He was born to a poor and humble couple in a stable surrounded by animals.  As an adult, He submitted Himself to the authority of men who mocked Him, brutally tortured Him, and then… Read More