Book of the Month, May 2022, Part 19

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 19 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using the Introduction as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together. Let’s go, time to make some progress!

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Book of the Month, May 2022, Part 18

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 18 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using Dr. Pitre’s book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this post we’ll look at sorrow, the eighth (yes, eighth) capital sin, and its remedy: patience. (I’m having a rough time of it with my physical health right now so I’m looking forward to this section, too, which is probably also going to be briefer than some of the others.)

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Book of the Month, April 2022, Part 17

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 17 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this post we’ll be looking at the capital sin of sloth and its remedy, diligence.

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Book of the Month, April 2022, Part 16

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 16 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this section we’ll look at the sixth capital sin, gluttony, and discover its remedy, temperance.

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Book of the Month, April 2022, Part 15

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 15 of our current Catholic Book of the Month (month, months, whatever), Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In part 15 we’ll look at lust, the disordered desire for sexual pleasure, and its remedy, chastity, to be chaste, to have a clean and pure heart, to be set apart for holiness. One who is not chaste is not going to be holy, not until one turns away from the sin of lust and toward the Lord by striving to be chaste. 

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 14

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 14 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. During this Lent I’m on a Quest to become a saint, using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this post we’ll look at the cardinal sin of avarice or greed–not mere desire but the disordered and irrational desire to possess or for possessions, one of the “most spiritually dangerous of all the vices” because of the way it “affects the human heart”–and we’ll discover its remedy, generosity.

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 13

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 13 of our current Catholic Book of the Month (month, season, whatever), Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide.  Come along with me and let’s become saints together! In this post we’ll look at the third capital sin, anger, and its remedy. Not all anger, mind you, only the sinful kind. Anger can be righteous, aimed at preserving or obtaining justice, whereas sinful anger desires to harm someone for vengeance and flows from pride. It also flows from impatience. I think we can see this all around us, especially online these days. But there is an antidote as we will soon see. What follows is based on chapter 13 of the Intro.

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 12

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 12 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book and the Sermon on the Mount as my guides.  Come along and let us become saints together! Last week we saw that humility is the remedy for the number one capital sin, pride. Tonight we’ll look at another capital sin and its remedy.

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 11

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 11 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide.  Come along with me and let’s become saints together! Today we’ll look at the first capital sin, pride, and its remedy.

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Book of the Month, Mar 2022, Part 9

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 9 of our current Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide.  Come along with me and let’s become saints together! We’ve learned that Jesus gave us three spiritual exercises that not only will help us on our journey, but are actually necessary for salvation. That’s right: necessary. I have the impression that a lot of us don’t get to hear things like this being preached from the pulpit/ambo. But that’s no excuse. The truth is out there! (Couldn’t help it. Sorry, not sorry.) We’ve learned about the first two exercises and remedies for the three temptations: fasting and almsgiving. This week, the third exercise and remedy: prayer.

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Book of the Month, Feb 2022, Part 8

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 8 of our Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. I’m on a Quest to become a saint and I’m using this book as my guide. Come along with me and let’s become saints together!

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Book of the Month, Feb 2022, Part 7

+JMJ+ Welcome to part 7 of our Quest and our Catholic Book of the Month, Introduction to the Spiritual Life: Walking the Path of Prayer with Jesus, by Brant Pitre. We didn’t finish with the book in January, so we’re continuing with it this month. 

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