Articles tagged: soul

Ante-Purgatory: "The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio"

literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 16th, 2015

Ante-Purgatory   1. The Excommunicated In Canto III, Dante and Virgil encounter those souls who were excommunicated. The reason, however, these souls are in purgatory and not hell is because they repented at the very end of their life. In Dante's Purgatorio, the repentant excommunicants are... Read More →

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • November 1st, 2014

Listers, what does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous... Read More →

7 Questions on the Powers of the Human Soul Compared to Other Souls

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 17th, 2014

 1. What is a soul? The soul is the principle of life. Aquinas defines the soul as "the first principle of life in those things which live."1 In Latin, the word for soul is anima, from which English derives words like animated and animation - to have an anima is to be animated. In contrast,... Read More →

The Agony of the Cross: 2 Thoughts on How Christ Can Suffer Grief and Have Beatific Knowledge

Theology

SPL Staff • March 28th, 2013

Listers, St. Thomas Aquinas asks the question, "Whether Christ's entire soul enjoyed blessed fruition during the Passion?" In other words, how can Christ call out "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" if he has the grace of Beatific Knowledge? St. Thomas' article is presented in... Read More →

Think Animals and Plants Do Not Have Souls? - 3 Lists to Make You Think Again

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 29th, 2012

Listers, it is my experience that two immediate thoughts occur when a Catholic reads about Sacred Tradition holding animals and plants to have souls. The first is the thought of heresy or some modernist revision of a classic teaching is being submitted. Normally the quick acknowledgment that... Read More →

Why Did God Make You? - And 24 Other Basic Catholic Questions

Theology

SPL Staff • July 30th, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

Do Good Works Merit the Soul in Mortal Sin? And 10 Others Questions on Indulgences

Theology

SPL Staff • May 16th, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

Animals Have Souls: 6 Inquiries Into Their Powers

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 21st, 2011

Listers, we continue in our study of the soul. Today we focus on the Sensitive Soul or Animal Soul. The following quotes are taken from Gilson's Christian Philosophy. I will once again voice my concern over Gilson, and state he is good for certain elementary concepts; however, students of our... Read More →

Plants Have Souls: 5 Points of Inquiry

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 19th, 2011

Listers, today we continue our study of the soul by delving deeper into the Vegetative Soul or Plant Soul. The following quotes are taken from Gilson 's **Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Gilson is primarily a historian and a philosopher second. He is adequate f****or certain... Read More →

Intro to the Soul: 6 Questions

Philosophy

SPL Staff • October 17th, 2011

Listers, today we are going to take a look into Sacred Tradition and explore the reality of the soul. The following is a basic introduction, and will serve as a foundation for further discussions. All quot****es - unless otherwise specified - are taken from our beloved Angelic Doctor and... Read More →
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