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The Temperate Man Denies Himself for the Sake of Something Good

selfless self-preservation Lent is a time where the virtue of temperance gets lots of nods.  Philosopher Josef Pieper called temperance “selfless self-denial.”  This formulation helps us understand this virtue, because many people can be said to have denied themselves comfort or ease for the sake of something, but looking deeper that “something”

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The Temperate Man Denies Himself

be master or get mastered Nobody likes a person, especially a man, who just agrees to everything and goes with the flow, because that flow will typically by along the lines of whim, impulse, and sin – he’s a “yes man” not just to another man, but to everything. If

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The Faithful Man Prays

even average joes are not exempt from lectio in Christianity If you think you’re a common Joe that works better in the simple and straight-shooting thoughts of a working man, Christianity is perfect for you.  Let’s not forget God entrusted His Son to a common Joe of the working class. 

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The Just Man is Religious

diversion and worship Now, there’s nothing wrong with having good recreation as long as it harms nothing and no one, and it is truly “good.” But, rest is something we truly need by our nature, because we do live in a balancing act between the active and the restful, the

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The Just Man Accepts What is Right

justice and “social justice warriors” – is there conflict? In contemporary calls for justice, a Christian can be forgiven for feeling conflicted.  On the one hand, we know that God wants us to work for justice, that He established His Church and explicitly commands His people to seek justice in

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The Temperate Man Denies Himself for the Sake of Something Good

selfless self-preservation Lent is a time where the virtue of temperance gets lots of nods.  Philosopher Josef Pieper called temperance “selfless self-denial.”  This formulation helps us understand this virtue, because many people can be said to have denied themselves comfort or ease for the sake of something, but looking deeper that “something”

Read More...

The Temperate Man Denies Himself

be master or get mastered Nobody likes a person, especially a man, who just agrees to everything and goes with the flow, because that flow will typically by along the lines of whim, impulse, and sin – he’s a “yes man” not just to another man, but to everything. If

Read More...

The Faithful Man Prays

even average joes are not exempt from lectio in Christianity If you think you’re a common Joe that works better in the simple and straight-shooting thoughts of a working man, Christianity is perfect for you.  Let’s not forget God entrusted His Son to a common Joe of the working class. 

Read More...

The Just Man is Religious

diversion and worship Now, there’s nothing wrong with having good recreation as long as it harms nothing and no one, and it is truly “good.” But, rest is something we truly need by our nature, because we do live in a balancing act between the active and the restful, the

Read More...

The Just Man Accepts What is Right

justice and “social justice warriors” – is there conflict? In contemporary calls for justice, a Christian can be forgiven for feeling conflicted.  On the one hand, we know that God wants us to work for justice, that He established His Church and explicitly commands His people to seek justice in

Read More...
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