By Allsion Tobola Low, M.D.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we are taught that the central mystery of the faith, the fundamental and essential teaching of Christianity, is the doctrine of the Trinity (CCC 234). This is the revelation that our Almighty Creator is one God in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a mystery inaccessible to our finite human reason alone, but God has lovingly unveiled this truth about his inner life to us.

“Habits for Happiness” Lenten Series on the Cardinal Virtues

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

By Stacy Trasancos

“Prudence” is a word that seems to have lost its meaning. Upon hearing the word, one may think of the prude, the prudish woman, who is obsessed with the proper expectations of society and has an excessive “prudent modesty” characterized by a fearful attitude towards human sexuality with perhaps a wrinkled nose and pinched lips. In a similarly pejorative sense, the practice of prudence has become akin to bookish subterfuge, as in the man who evades honesty so that he may avoid conflict, sensible but weak, conducting “prudent business” by invoking discretion to demur on matters that could require...too much effort. These connotations are not behaviors to be emulated.  

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By Mikki Scibba

Prudence is a virtue that helps you think through things and act in ways that are right, good, and pleasing to God. God gives us free will so we can choose to do what is good. Prudence tells us what is good, when to do it, and how to do it. Prudence helps you to know and choose the right ways to reach a good end or goal. For example, getting an A on your next test is a good goal but cheating would be a bad way to get it. Instead, studying would be the right way to reach your goal of getting an A. Searching for, knowing, and doing God’s will requires prudence. There is no greater goal to have in life than to do what God wants you to do. Praying for and practicing prudence will help you to follow God.

“Habits for Happiness” Lenten Series on the Cardinal Virtues

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

By Stacy Trasancos 

Virtue has a precise meaning in the Catholic intellectual tradition. It derives from the Latin virtus, which means worth, merit, the particular excellence of character or ability, moral excellence, goodness. Virtue means strength or power, maximum potential.

By Bishop Joseph Strickland • June 12, 2018

This Sunday, the Gospel according to St. Mark, chapter 4, presents us with two familiar images of the Kingdom of God...