Virtues #13: Prudence for Today!
In modern times, prudence has gotten a bad wrap; however, it is more needed now than ever! Maybe that is because so few are taught to value it. Prudence is a critical virtue, an essential "skill" really for living in the world today and for reaching the perfection of your human potential for happiness. This mini-retreat reflection on prudence is for every person in ALL STAGES AND STATES in life, and especially for those young people trying to figure out what to do with their lives.
As promised, here are a several links related to the 10 institutes of the Pauline Family mentioned in this podcast:
https://www.instituteofjesuspriest.org/ https://www.instituteofsaintgabrielthearchangel.org/ourbeginnings.html https://instituteofourladyoftheannunciation.org/
Virtues #12: The Virtue of Justice
The theme of justice is not only a major thread running through the tapestry of Biblical literature, but it is in fact a major theme of salvation history, of human history itself. It is an issue that we grapple with in every society and every generation. The Bible offers us a deep pedagogy on justice, and because justice is intrinsic to the human experience, the Bible offers us a deep pedagogy not only on justice, but on the mystery of humanity itself, the mystery of the human experience, of who you are and who I am.
Join me today in a walk through the biblical definition of justice (per Jeremiah 22) and a look at how this is playing out in current events in society today. Additionally, we will take a look at 13 aspects of the cardinal virtue of justice and how we can exercise these habits in our daily lives to live the Gospel call to justice.
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Christianity is not just a list of beliefs you either intellectually assent to or not; it is a lifestyle that brings about the extraordinary transformation of persons, relationships, families, communities, states, regions, nations, and indeed, the whole world! Its power to do this for the good is so ubiquitously evident that people sometimes "can't see the forest for the trees." It's up to you and to me to make the Gospel reach the ends of the earth and to allow it to soak into our very bones and into the bones of our relationships and society. We need to do this so that people living on earth can truly be free, so that we can experience justice, which is one of the cardinal virtues and which is the common cry for every person and society throughout all time since Cain killed Abel.
The United States of America was founded because the British colonists living here were deprived of justice. After many long years of trying to negotiate for just and equitable laws, courts, and governance, the leaders of the people determined that they needed their own government--but not more of the same kind of tyrannical governance that had ruled peoples mercilessly for thousands of years. No, the new American government would be different, an exception to history. They knew that there was only one way to do that: to found a nation on Biblical principles and to teach the people who would govern the nation by themselves to live upright, moral, and religious lives; and that is precisely what they did. Tune in to learn more.
In this Holy Week podcast, we consider how the celebration of the Lamb's Supper on Holy Thursday, the New Passover, can be lived out in our lives in a practical way.
Holy Thursday isn't just the little prelude to Good Friday and Easter Sunday; the entire Gospel is announced with the mysteries of Holy Thursday! So, let's settle in for a mini-retreat on how to live the Last Supper in our lives every day. May you have a blessed Holy Week . . . in the sense of the French blessé, which means "wounded." Yes! May our hearts be wounded together with His by the darts of love's passionate charity for others.
Here's is the link to the video I mention in this podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkkoA6H0Izs
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