Love souls as God loves them

Author Pablo Claret

Obstacles to Consent (MT #12)

The obstacles to consent are all those factors that take away or lessen the voluntariness of an act. Thus, the actual obstacles that affect the intellect are reduced to ignorance, spoken of above; those that affect the will are passion… Continue Reading →

Kinds of Voluntary Acts (MT #11)

A voluntary act is free or necessary, according as one can or cannot abstain from it. The vision of God in heaven is voluntary to the blessed, since they look at Him knowingly and gladly; but it is not free,… Continue Reading →

Knowledge Requisite for a Human Act (MT #10)

Knowledge Requisite for a Human Act An act is human, or voluntary, when it is deliberately desired; and, since nothing can be deliberately desired unless it is known, an act done without knowledge is not human or voluntary. Thus, a… Continue Reading →

Acts as Human (MT #9)

(Summa Theologica, I-II, qq. 6-17.) Human acts are a means to man’s Last End, inasmuch as they are meritorious: Labors that deserve a recompense (I Cor., iii. 8) Struggles that deserve a crown (II Tim., ii. 5). But works are… Continue Reading →

Article 1: The Last End of Man (MT #8)

(Summa Theologica, I-II, qq. 1-5; Contra Gentes, IV, cc. 1-63.) Existence of the Last End Every deliberate act proceeds from the will, and, since the will pursues good as its goal, it follows that every deliberate act is done for some… Continue Reading →

The Division and Order of Parts in Moral Theology (MT #7)

The arrangement of his matter made by St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa Theologica is admittedly unsurpassed and unsurpassable in the qualities that good distribution should have, viz., clearness, connection between parts, completeness. Hence, we cannot do better than follow the order… Continue Reading →

The history of Cain and Abel, Genesis, Chapter 4

[1] And Adam knew Eve his wife: who conceived and brought forth Cain, saying: I have gotten a man through God. [2] And again she brought forth his brother Abel. And Abel was a shepherd, and Cain a husbandman. [3]… Continue Reading →

The first temptation, Genesis, Chapter 3

[1] Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree… Continue Reading →

The Holy Maccabees, August 1

Martyrs. There were seven brothers who, supported by their heroic mother, preferred to die amid terrible torments rather than be unfaithful to the law of the Lord. Their martyrdom is described in the Holy Bible, Book II of the Maccabees… Continue Reading →

The History of Moral Theology (MT #6)

There are three periods in the history of Moral Theology: the Patristic, the Medieval, and the Modern. The Patristic Period (1st to 12th century) The moral writings of the Fathers are popular, exhortatory, and occasional; and it is not till… Continue Reading →

Saint James the Great, July 25

Apostle. He is one of the three favorite disciples of Christ, who with Saint Peter and Saint John attended the glorious transfiguration of Jesus in Tabor, the resurrection of the daughter of the prince of the synagogue and the heartbreaking… Continue Reading →

Saint Christina, July 24

Virgin and Martyr. Saint Christina is one of those cases of heroism for the love of Christ despite strong opposition from relatives. Once converted to Catholicism, she began to give her father’s golden idols to the poor, with which Saint… Continue Reading →

Saint Liborius of Le Mans, July 23

Bishop and Confessor. He governed the diocese of Mans with apostolic zeal in the 4th century. He followed Christ with ardent determination and reached the crown of victory. His heroic charity is especially pleased to help people suffering from kidney,… Continue Reading →

Saint Apollinaris of Ravenna, July 23

Bishop and Martyr. He accompanied Saint Peter, who consecrated him Bishop, gave him a kiss of peace and sent him to evangelize the city of Ravenna, which emulate Rome. He converted many, did great wonders, and suffered terrible martyrdom. V:… Continue Reading →

Saint Mary Magdalene, July 22

Penitent. The sacred liturgy identifies the sinner converted at the feast of the Pharisee with Mary, sister of Lazarus, and with Mary Magdalene, who followed Jesus during his preaching, found herself at the foot of the Cross and was the… Continue Reading →

Commemoration of Saint Práxedes, July 21

Virgin. (2nd century). Her noble house in Rome had the honor of hosting Saint Peter and his successors. Saint Práxedes survived her sister Santa Pudenciana and devoted herself to consoling, helping and strengthening the martyrs in the persecution. She died… Continue Reading →

Saint Margaret of Antioch, July 20

Virgin and Martyr. The Greeks call her the great Martyr. Daughter of a pagan priest, but raised by her nurse in the Christian faith, she was, at the request of her barbarous father, tormented and beheaded in Antioch by Pisidia,… Continue Reading →

Saint Jerome Emiliani, July 20

Confessor. (1481-1537). Father of the orphans, he founded a congregation of clergymen in Somasca (Italy) to educate orphans and the poor. Assisting the plagued, he contracted the contagion and died a martyr of charity. The Mass celebrates this inexhaustible charity… Continue Reading →

Saint Vicent of Paul, July 19

Confessor. (1581-1660). France was torn by forty years of religious wars, the people were depleted, without religious instruction and without bread, so our merciful God raised up the evangelist of the poor and incomparable apostle of charity, Saint Vincent de… Continue Reading →

Saint Symphorosa And Her Seven Children July 18

Martyrs. Symphorosa was the wife of the Martyr Saint Getulio. She is one of the great heroines of the time of the Martyrs. She offered to God the sacrifice of her seven sons Crescencio, Juliano, Nemesio, Primitivo, Justin, Estacteo and… Continue Reading →

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