Articles tagged: wisdom

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 →

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 Ultimate Guide to St. Genevieve: 13 Things about Her and Her Feast Day

history Theology

SPL Staff • January 3rd, 2016

Life & Works 1. General Background St. Genevieve was born around Anno Domini 419 or 422 in Nanterre, France, "a small village four miles from Paris, near the famous modern stations, or Calvary, adorned with excellent sculptures, representing our Lord's Passion, on Mount Valerien."1 She died... 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 →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

Listers, certain "Great Books" have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered "great," he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems... Read More →

Friendship in the Trinity: 4 Thoughts on Christian Friendship

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 15th, 2015

Listers, "There is nothing closer to the heart of a twenty year old," states Fr. James V. Schall, S.J., "than that of friendship: how it is gained and how it is lost. If you do not understand this, you do not understand life." [i] The ability to develop friendships is one of the greatest gifts of... Read More →

On the Privilege of Being a Woman: 7 Quotes on True Femininity

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 2nd, 2015

Click to view it on Amazon. Listers, what is true femininity? In her excellent short work entitled The Privilege of Being a Woman, Alice von Hildebrand deftly describes true femininity. In history, women have either been "denigrated as lower than men" or "viewed as privileged." In... 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 →

8 Considerations on Whether Christ had Acquired, Infused, or Beatific Knowledge

Theology

SPL Staff • March 24th, 2013

A Word of Caution In his epistle to I Corinthians, St. Paul writes, "I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh." The following Thomistic contemplation on the knowledge of Christ is meat. SPL has written... 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 →

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 9th, 2013

Listers, if Catholics are to live a life of virtue then there are two primary sciences - bodies of knowledge - all Catholics should study: the "Noble Science" and the "Queen of the Sciences." The corpus of writings from Cardinal Ratzinger is as vast and as it is impressive. An excellent survey of... Read More →

The 24 Theses of St. Thomas Aquinas with Citations and Commentary

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 10th, 2013

Listers, "with the decree Postquam sanctissimus of 27 July 1914, Pope St. Pius X declared that 24 theses formulated by 'teachers from various institutions ... clearly contain the principles and more important thoughts' of Thomas. Principal contributors to the Church's official statement of the... Read More →

Catholic Countdown: The Top 20 Lists of 2012

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SPL Staff • January 28th, 2013

Listers, in little over a year St. Peter's List has become a rapidly growing community of faithful Catholics. Our I Stand with the Catholic Church graphics have been used in religious liberty rallies around the nation and listers have sent fantastic photos of themselves and their loved ones... Read More →

8 Spiritual Maxims from Saint John of the Cross

Theology

SPL Staff • January 18th, 2013

Listers, St. John of the Cross is the great Mystic Doctor of the Church. Along with St.Theresa of Ávila he founded the Discalced Carmelites, and this reform is only one aspect of his work in the Counter-Reformation. His reform of the Carmelite order was opposed by many within the order and... Read More →

3 Prayers by St. Thomas More for Catholic Lawyers

history Theology

SPL Staff • October 22nd, 2012

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Listers, this hackneyed quote is taken from a minor character in Shakespeare's Henry VI. Often quoted in glee and with a smirk, it raises the question of why society enjoys a "good" lawyer joke. "The answer is simple," states Strickland and... 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 →

The 3 Part Catechesis on St. Thomas Aquinas by Pope Benedict XVI

Theology

SPL Staff • August 6th, 2012

Part I Eucharistic Soul 9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas Listers, Pope Benedict XVI describes St. Thomas Aquinas as having an "exquisitely Eucharistic soul." The following is taken from a talk delivered by the Holy Father on June 2nd, 2010 and he also delivered a follow... Read More →

5 Questions on the Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • June 19th, 2012

Listers, the distinction between knowledge and wisdom is a simple one, but one that can have a profound effect upon those who practice it. It is the principle that should govern Catholic education, and the foundation upon which the Liberal Arts were composed. Whether it is the ancient tomes of... Read More →

Our Guide Through Modernism: 12 Teachings from Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas

Theology

SPL Staff • June 4th, 2012

Listers in his second lesson on the Angelic Doctor, Pope Benedict XVI moves past the basic biography of Aquinas and into the more fundamental theological and philosophical changes the saint brought to Holy Mother Church. The Vicars of Christ beg us to study Aquinas: Patrimony of Wisdom: St. Pius... Read More →
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