Asceticism, Peace, and Suffering

There is a world of difference between knowing about a thing and doing a thing, and there is no area in which this is more apparent than in the spiritual life. Sam Guzman on The Catholic Gentleman makes this point beautifully and drives it home in his article Knowing and Doing. “St. Francis de Sales echoes this counsel: ‘You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.’”

Continuing on the topic of the spiritual life, Peace, the Road to Perfection on Finer Femininity offers insight into gaining and maintaining peace and why we ought to strive to do so, in the words of Juan de Bonilla, a 16th century Spanish Franciscan. True and Holy detachment means, “Your will should always be ready for every eventuality. And your heart must not be enslaved by anything.”

Lastly, To Those Who Are Suffering on Grow in Virtue shows just how unified we are to Our Lord and to one another by the crosses we bear. Our suffering and the suffering of those around us is truly our daily invitation to fraternal and Divine Charity.

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