Prayers for the Pope & the Church

Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Francis. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. Our Father, Hail Mary.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is sanctified and governed; mercifully hear our humble supplications for all degrees and orders therein; that, by the gift of Your grace, all in their several stations may faithfully serve You. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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RCIA: 12 Basic Questions on the Sacrament of Baptism

Theology

SPL Staff • May 25th, 2017

Listers, Holy Baptism is the portal of salvation. As we learned in RCIA: 12 Questions to Introduce the Sacraments, a sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The following twelve questions serve to introduce the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and provide citations for further… Read More →

Inferno: The 8 Steps of Dante's Journey through Lower Hell

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • May 13th, 2017

Listers, the Inferno is an invitation to examine your soul. In addition to the basic journey of Dante the Pilgrim, the notes below examine the Inferno as a story of the soul with a particular emphasis on virtue, vice, and the rationale behind each contrapasso. The contrapasso, as explained below,… Read More →

Inferno: The 7 Steps to Dante's Journey through Upper Hell

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • May 13th, 2017

Listers, the Inferno is an invitation to examine your soul. In addition to the basic journey of Dante the Pilgrim, the notes below examine the Inferno as a story of the soul with a particular emphasis on virtue, vice, and the rationale behind each contrapasso. The contrapasso, as explained below,… Read More →

RCIA: 12 Questions to Introduce the Sacraments of the Church

Theology

SPL Staff • April 20th, 2017

Listers, all seven sacraments—Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Confession, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Holy Matrimony—are outward signs instituted by Jesus Christ to give grace. Rooted in Holy Scripture, the Sacraments are deeply Trinitarian. They are works of the Holy… Read More →

Serpents & Doves: 30 Maxims on Worldly Wisdom by Fr. Baltasar Gracián SJ

Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 28th, 2016

Portrait of Baltasar Gracian preserved in Graus, restored. Wiki. Listers, our Lord said, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”1 Despite the millennia, the Church appears to still lack a guide to the practicality of being both wise… Read More →

On God & Goodness: 8 Lessons on the Euthyphro Dilemma

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 24th, 2016

Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the… Read More →

The 3 Types of Friendship According to Aristotle

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 17th, 2016

Listers, Aristotle quite arguably has the most famous philosophic lesson on friendship. Aristotle, “the Philosopher,” observes there are three general lovable qualities that serve as the motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good. Moreover, each type of friendship, to be an actual… Read More →

She Shall Crush Thy Head: 6 Examples of Women "Crushing" the Heads of Men in Scripture

Theology

SPL Staff • April 19th, 2016

Listers, in Genesis our first parents suffered a curse due to their fall into sin. One condition of the Fall was that God would place enmity between the woman and the serpent - but the phrase explaining the enmity and what will happen due to that enmity has been a matter of much debate. To wit,… Read More →

Worth Reading: 15 Works of Literature Under 200 Pages

Life & Leisure

SPL Staff • March 19th, 2016

Listers, there are few things as pleasurable as a good book. The following list is a collection of short classic literary works that generally fall under two hundred pages - sometimes depending on the publication. Each description is taken directly from the publisher’s online… Read More →

The Conquest: 9 Catholic Lessons from the Book of Joshua

Theology

SPL Staff • February 27th, 2016

Listers, the Historical Books are paramount in understanding salvation history. The Historical Books of the Old Testament are Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I & II Samuel, I & II Kings, I & II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and I & II Maccabees. The Historical Books… Read More →
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