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Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Faith / Vocaciones y las Virtudes: La Virtud Teológica de la Fe

Posted Feb 19, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Vocations and the Virtues: The Theological Virtue of Faith (and a little bit of Hope) A few years ago I was having a day that I would not have considered to be a good one. At the end of it I was grateful for a little time I had in the evening to go for a walk. While walking my mind began to...

The Virtue of Fortitude / La Virtud de la Fortaleza

Posted Feb 17, 2019 | Fr. Jeffrey Dufresne

The Virtue of Fortitude Fortitude (also called courage) is one of the cardinal virtues. One of the best definitions of fortitude that I have heard says that this virtue involves: “the willingness to sustain a wound.” This is similar to the Catechism’s definition, which states...

Your Vocation and the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance / Su Vocación y la Virtud Cardenal de Templanza

Posted Feb 05, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Your Vocation and the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance The virtue of Temperance has to do with using our intellect and our will to control what we often call our passions, to have our passions conform to the Passion of Christ. We want to use our will and intellect to cooperate with the grace God...

Your Vocation and the Cardinal Virtue of Justice / Su Vocación y la Virtud Cardenal de la Justicia

Posted Feb 01, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Your Vocation and the Cardinal Virtue of Justice Justice and how it is understood and administered is incredibly complicated, at least in my experience. It can be very confusing to understand when a person or institution is behaving justly and there can be a lot of debate about particular...

The Mother of all the Cardinal Virtues: Prudence / La Madre de todas las Virtudes Cardinales: La Prudencia

Posted Jan 25, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

The Mother of all the Cardinal Virtues: Prudence The USCCB Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as a “habitual and firm disposition to do the good”. The cardinal virtues which I will look at over the next few weeks are virtues that we can aspire to and achieve but do...

Preparing for Lent: Vocations and the Virtues / Preparándonos para la Cuaresma: Vocaciones y Virtudes

Posted Jan 20, 2019 | Father Todd Goodson

Preparing for Lent: Vocations and the Virtues A movie came out a few years ago called “Calvary” about a Catholic priest who lives for an entire week knowing that, at the end of the week, a person he has never seen is going to try to kill him. As you can imagine most of us priests...

The St. Monica Year of Prayer: Prayer and the call to Stewardship

Posted Nov 04, 2017

St. Augustine is quoted as saying in the USCCB Catholic Catechism for Adults that “true prayer is nothing but love”. There are some implications to this statement that help us understand how prayer and stewardship are related. This means that prayer is more than words...

Prayer and the call to Stewardship: Prayer and Your Vocation

Posted Oct 29, 2017

Today’s Gospel offers us an interesting opportunity to reflect on the two great commandments in light of prayer and stewardship. Last week I spent some time making a distinction between work and a job, noting that work is always something that we have even though jobs may come and go...

Prayer and the call to Stewardship: Prayer and Care for the World

Posted Oct 22, 2017

If you look at anything the Catholic Church has written about stewardship in the past few years it will begin with a fundamental thought about our identity: You and I are disciples of Jesus Christ. This means that, ideally, we see the world a little differently. We ultimately see ourselves as...

Prayer and Hearing God’s Call to Care

Posted Oct 15, 2017

As we continue our journey of prayer together, my hope is that you are finding your fifteen minutes of daily prayer to be fruitful and beginning to nourish your life. Please don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Kyle or me, if you think we can help we would love to pray with you and do what we can...

An Idea for forming a Small Scripture Prayer Group

Posted Oct 09, 2017

On the feast day of St. Monica, in addition to the challenge of praying for fifteen minutes a day, I invited us to try to form small prayer groups to reflect on the weekly Sunday Scriptures. My hope would be at some point in the future we will be able to provide more resources to help form...

How the Rosary Can Be a More Meaningful Prayer

Posted Oct 01, 2017

The USCCB catechism has a description of what are referred to as the three “modes” of prayer. These modes are important in understanding how we can pray better. The modes are vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation. All three are potentially present any time we place ourselves...

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