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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La Mort de César (ca. 1859–1867) by Jean-Léon Gérôme, depicting the aftermath of the attack with Caesar's body abandoned in the foreground as the senators exult.

Great Books: 15 Lessons from Cicero's On Duties

Philosophy

SPL Staff • August 17th, 2017

Listers, “few of those who have sought to present a systematic account of the development of political philosophy have attached great importance to Cicero’s political thought.”1 Marcus Tullius Cicero, born January 3, 106 BC, was a Roman politician, lawyer, and an incredible rhetorician whose… Read More →
Golden Angel Lawrence OP

RCIA: 5 Questions on Faith and Reason in Catholicism

Theology

SPL Staff • June 20th, 2017

Listers, faith and reason are in harmony. The same God that endowed man with reason is the same God that died upon the Cross. To claim that faith and reason are harmonious is to also claim that there is no conflict between theology and philosophy, between Catholicism and science, and between… Read More →

RCIA: 8 Questions for those Interested in Becoming Catholic

Theology

SPL Staff • June 13th, 2017

Listers, all are welcome to come and know more about Jesus Christ and his Church. The following questions present many of the preliminaries of the Catholic faith. Whether you are a devout evangelical or an inquisitive agnostic, these basic questions will help introduce you to Catholicism and the… Read More →

RCIA: 8 Basic Questions on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Theology

SPL Staff • June 4th, 2017

Listers, Confirmation allows us to be faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ. Perfecting the grace given to us in Holy Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation seals our souls with an indelible mark showing we belong to Christ and grants us the grace necessary to live as faithful disciples of Christ. As… Read More →

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 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 →

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 →

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 →
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