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Week Ten: The Virtue of Love. Spiritual Physics

Month Three: The Virtue of Prudence. Valuing God and finding love.

Just as there are physical laws that govern material objects, there are spiritual laws that govern the behavior and the relationships between human beings. We can be in tune with these laws in harmony or we can be in opposition, usually unhappy.

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Week Ten: The Virtue of Love. Theological Love

Month Three: The Virtue of Prudence. Valuing God and finding love.

Did you know that there are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity (or love)? They inform all the moral virtues and give life to them. They infuse us with supernatural powers.

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Turning to God: Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary

Month Three: The Virtue of Prudence. Valuing God and finding love.

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer.

As we turn to God, we are taught how to love. Not as the world loves but with a merciful, compassionate life-giving love. A powerful exercise is to meditate on 1 Corinthians, God’s definition of what love is and place your name in place of love.

Quiet your heart and enjoy His presence … He is leading you to love. “And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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Week Nine: Turning to God. Highest Calling

Month Three: The Virtue of Prudence. Valuing God and finding love.

Today is Ash Wednesday, where we enter into the desert of our souls to align ourselves with our suffering Lord in anticipation of the Resurrection. As we turn to God, we find our highest calling. As we follow our Lord’s example, one of the simplest rules we are to follow is the hardest to live at times:  do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I have many opportunities to practice this throughout my day when I meet people who want my attention, face people with different opinions or even drive on the freeway.

We are called to be merciful.

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Hope: Looking for God’s Goodness and Weekly Reflection Summary

Looking for God’s Goodness in contemplation and prayer.

You might find the goodness of hope by Reading with the Divine Presence from the Center for Action and Contemplation, where you can also find the source references.

Lectio divina is a contemplative way of reading and relating to Scripture and other sacred writings. The medieval monk Guigo II (d. 1188) names the four steps of this foundational contemplative practice:

One day when I was busy working with my hands I began to think about our spiritual work, and all at once four stages in spiritual exercise came into my mind: reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. These make a ladder for monks by which they are lifted up from earth to heaven. It has few rungs, yet its length is immense and wonderful, for its lower end rests upon the earth, but its top pierces the clouds and touches heavenly secrets.

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Week Seven: Hope. Filled Up.

Do you practice the virtue of hope? Pope Francis calls hope the virtue that is hidden and humble. Hidden because so often we don’t see reasons for our hope in the world. Humble – because our hope is made real in the humility of Jesus who comes to walk with us, to share our life, our joys, and our struggles. As I practice the virtue of hope, I see that the face of Jesus is the only hope and stability I have in this fallen world. We are all called to hope.

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Week Seven: Hope. Smitten with Goodness.

Many people feel that they cannot go on and pray “Lord give me the strength to continue.” Prayer opens the heaven: it gives life oxygen; it gives a breath of fresh air even in the midst of breathlessness and lets us see things from a broader perspective… Do I cultivate intimacy with God, dialogue with him, listen to his word? Among the many things we do each day, let us not neglect prayer; let us dedicate time to it, let us use short invitations to be repeated often, let us read the gospel every day. The prayer that opens the heaven.

Pope Francis Angelus January 9, 2022
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Week Seven: Hope. A Powerful Force.

How do I live with hope when the world seems so lost? Our lives seem so painful and senseless at times, and it all seems so pointless. When I ask this question, I’m taking action as I’m seeking and looking for an answer. Hope is almost always connected to action.

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Week Seven: Hope. Beautiful Hope.

We live in a culture that produces hopelessness. We can see the evidence of this in the anxiety and depression rates we have in the US. Faced with chaotic realities, where the loudest voice defines truth, where the expectation is that we can do it all and have it all, we are rarely satisfied. Seldom do we allow ourselves to rest in the presence of God.

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