Articles tagged: Vice

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 →

The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

literature Theology

SPL Staff • January 11th, 2016

"The Proud" by Gustave Dore. Listers, pride is the first sin to be purged in Dante's literary work the Purgatorio. The purgation of pride represents the first ledge of purgatory. There are seven ledges - one for each of the seven deadly vices. Dante orders them according to their proximity to... Read More →

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 →

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 7th, 2015

"The Portals of Purgatory" by Gustave Dore. Listers, "The "Divina Commedia" is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: "to remove those living in this life from the state... Read More →

Pope Francis v. Donald Trump, and More! 13 U.S. Political Cartoons

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SPL Staff • September 28th, 2015

Listers, His Holiness Pope Francis' arrival to the United States was paved by a considerable amount of political posturing. The Roman Pontiff's focus on the poor, the immigrant, and the environment was too liberal for many, while his focus on marriage, the unborn, and religious liberty was too... Read More →

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Philosophy

SPL Staff • December 29th, 2014

Listers, Aristotle ("the Philosopher") defined prudence as  "right reason applied to action."1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

The Queen of Sin: 10 Things Catholics Need to Know

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 2nd, 2014

Listers, the Queen of Sin conquers the hearts of men and surrenders them to her generals. It is a war of vice and virtue. No individual, however, becomes virtuous or vicious because of a single act. Both virtue and vice are habits. The Philosopher, Aristotle, defines a habit as "a disposition... Read More →

6 Reasons Euthanasia is Incompatible with Modernity's Own Philosophy

Philosophy

SPL Staff • July 27th, 2013

Listers, this is Part II of an ongoing in depth discussion on euthanasia - "the right to become dead." The list relies on the wisdom of Leon Kass and his discussion of how the right to become dead isn't even compatible with the modernity's own philosophy. It should be noted that the article... Read More →

The Right to Become Dead: 6 Introductory Thoughts on Assisted Suicide

Philosophy

SPL Staff • June 3rd, 2013

Listers, is there a right to assisted suicide - what type of right do people claim it is? To address this question, we turn to the mind of Leon Kass. Though not a Catholic, Kass' understanding of natural law and ills of modernity is better than most. His treatment of assisted suicide is... Read More →

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

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SPL Staff • April 7th, 2013

1. The Didache "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one that has been... Read More →

SIN: 44 Questions on Sin and its Different Types

Theology

SPL Staff • March 27th, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for 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 it... Read More →

St. Josemaria's 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility

Theology

Greg Colker • March 18th, 2013

Listers from the moment our Holy Father Pope Francis stepped onto the balcony overlooking St. Peter's square, his manners and style were hailed as humble. Humility is a virtue which we all ought to develop to bring ourselves in greater conformity with Christ as we seek "to temper and restrain the... Read More →

Preparing for Lent: 9 Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East

Theology

SPL Staff • February 6th, 2013

Listers, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Our brethren in the East call the period of Lent the "Great Fast," or alternatively, "Great Lent." It is the most important of the four fasting seasons in the Eastern churches, since it is the preparation for the feast of feasts, namely Pascha, or... Read More →

The Path to Hell is Paved with the Skulls of Bishops: 8 Quotes and Sources

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SPL Staff • October 17th, 2012

Listers, priests and bishops having been erring as long as humans have occupied those offices. However, the quotes that most strongly articulate this truth are shrouded in ambiguity regarding their primary sources. SPL has complied the most common germane quotes shared on Catholic blogs and given... Read More →

Forest of Suicides: 6 Comments on Dante's Punishment for the Self-Violent

literature Theology

SPL Staff • October 4th, 2012

Listers, for a study of Dante's Divine Comedy Volume One: The Inferno we turn to the translation and commentary crafted by Mark Musa. Musa's translation is marked by a clear and understandable translation that allows the story to unfold and escape being bogged down in rhetorical flourishing, cf.... Read More →

Lust and Our Common Good: 4 Observations by St. Thomas Aquinas

Theology

SPL Staff • October 3rd, 2012

Listers, a portion of St. Thomas Aquinas' brilliance is attributed to his ability to state that which we all already know but struggle to articulate. The question Is lust a sin? seems absurd, but by asking these questions and answering them in thomistic fullness the Angelic Doctor is able to lead... Read More →

Aquinas: 9 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Mortal Sin

Theology

SPL Staff • August 10th, 2012

Listers after an excellent discourse on why gluttony is a sin in article one, the Angelic Doctor discusses whether or not gluttony is a mortal sin. The Baltimore Catechism states a "mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God." The catechism continues: "this sin is called mortal... Read More →

8 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Sin

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 1st, 2012

Listers, the following is taken in full from St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica II-II.148.1 On Gluttony. The Summa Theologica is widely considered the magnum opus of the Angelic Doctor's short life. The work is broken down into a question and answer format and its importance is best summed up... Read More →

Aquinas On Suicide: 3 Reasons It Is Unlawful to Kill Oneself

Theology

SPL Staff • January 31st, 2012

Listers, the following is the body of the question on "Whether it is lawful to kill oneself?" by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica. The Angelic Doctor speaks of suicide under the greater question of Murder, listed under those acts contrary to the virtue of Justice. Everything... Read More →
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