heroic virtue

Daily Reflection—Born of God

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous. He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in […]

Following the Brave Shepherd All the Way

The beatification of Father Stanley Rother on September 23 in Oklahoma City, which I was privileged to attend, was unforgettably moving. I feel a little like Saints Peter and John in the Acts of the Apostles when they said, “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard!” (Acts 4:20). So I would like to share with you […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M.

Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M.

“Heroric goodness is a specific human quality (humility, patience, purity, love) that shows itself in actions that are (1) promptly, easily, joyfully done; (2) even in difficult circumstances; (3) habitually, not just occasionally; (4) present actually, not just potentially; (5) found mingled with all the virtues.” (Father Thomas Edward Dubay, S.M., 1921-2010, Authenticity, Chapter 1) Please share on social media. […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Venerable Óscar Romero

Blessed Óscar Romero

“It is not enough to be good. It is not enough to not do evil. My Christianity is something more positive; it is not a negative. There are many who say, ‘But I don’t kill, I don’t steal, I don’t do anything bad to anyone.’ That’s not enough. You are still lacking a great deal. It is not enough to […]

Daily Reflection — Lights for Christ

"Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary" (detail) by Edmund Blair Leighton

“From this time onward Elizabeth’s goodness greatly increased. She was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry… “Apart from those active good works, I declare before God that I have seldom seen a more contemplative woman.” (From a letter of Conrad of Marburg, Spiritual Director to St. Elizabeth of Hungary) Today is the […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Fernandez

Christ on the Cross (detail) by Velazquez

“We have to show everyone that Christ is still alive by living heroically the events of our daily lives. The apostolic vocation which we all received at Baptism means giving witness in word and deed to the life and teaching of Christ.” (Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their […]

Adventure or Cautious Mediocrity?

Peter… Paul… Isaiah… Frodo Baggins. They have more in common than meets the eye. Of course there are differences, too. Peter is a small business man, trying to wring a living for his family out of a lake in Hicksville. No one expected much from Galilee. Its inhabitants had a thick country accent that gave them away every time, like […]