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Discernment with the Holy Spirit

Jer 2911 Discernment is the use of your intellect to recognize the counsel of the Holy Spirit. It is through faith, much prayer, the application of reason and listening, that we determine the will of the Holy Spirit. How do we know if we hear correctly? When we apply the good counsel of the Holy Spirit to our decision making process, we obtain peace with our decision. With the use of the Holy Spirit’s counsel, He gives us His peace.

Discernment with the Holy Spirit

Back in 2009-2010, I was getting restless in my career as a Technology Audit Manager. I kept feeling that there must be something else for me to do. I wasn’t feeling fulfilled in my position. That was Continue reading

Seeking the Holy Spirit’s Counsel Always

seek-god Holy Spirit's Counsel Why seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel when making decisions? Because adhering to His good counsel is the secret to living a life of happiness, that’s why! I don’t know about you, but I want to be happy. I have found that if I do God’s will, then I am happy. When I seek the Holy Spirit’s counsel through persistent prayer, I do the right things. I make the right decisions. Seeking His counsel enriches our lives; it does not stifle us, but frees us to be the best we can be. Aligning our wills to God’s will sets our course aright. I am a firm believer in the widely quoted passage from Jeremiah, my favorite passage in the Continue reading

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Now that we have concluded discussion on the theological and cardinal virtues, and before we get too far into discussion on the acquired virtues, I wanted to get some feedback from you about the look and feel of the website, on the quality of content of the blog posts, and your impressions on the FREE Virtues Guide.

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What is Counsel?

Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel aids and perfects the virtue of Prudence. Recall in the post titled, Prudence’s Principle Workings Part I of III, where we discussed Counsel’s role in the decision making process: Counsel addresses the means to the end (or the intention) and the circumstances. Counsel provides the conscience with advice as to whether or not the means to the desired end is morally appropriate. The “advice” is instruction from God on action to be taken. That is why the advice will always be error-free. Without Counsel, a person would not be able to make a prudent, error-free decision. Therefore, when God created man He, always knowing what we as humans need, endowed within us the Holy Spirit’s Continue reading

Acquired Virtues

Spirits Grace

Ever hear of Peace, Wisdom, or Patience spoken of as virtues? These and many others like them are classified as acquired virtues, because they are learned and acquired over one’s lifetime. Each acquired virtue falls under the umbrella of one or more of the theological and cardinal virtues. Therefore, each acquired virtue has a primary association with one of the seven virtues, and may have associations with one or more of the seven virtues.

Below is a list of the more popular acquired virtues, annexed to each one’s appropriate primary theological or cardinal virtue. This list is a highlight list. Remember that any good intention resulting in a good action is virtuous. Therefore, not every acquired virtue is noted on Continue reading

Summing Up the Theological and Cardinal Virtues

Seven Virtues

For the past 21 weeks we have taken an in-depth look at the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, as well as an in-depth look at the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice. In looking at each virtue individually we have learned what the virtue is, why we should embrace each one of them, and how we might practice them to live happier lives. We now have the basic understanding for living a virtuous life, with one more very important aspect left to discuss.

It is one thing to look at each of these seven virtues by themselves. Now it’s time to put the pieces of the puzzle together and see these virtues in a different light. Continue reading

Practicing Justice in an Unjust World

Justice Freedom

How do you exercise, or practice Justice in your life? In addition to adherence to the Ten Commandments, and in treating others as you would wish to be treated, do you give others their rightful due of respect? Do you give God His due, with your love and willingness to follow His plan for you? And how do you use justice to exercise your freedom?

Benjamin Franklin is known to have said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” With freedom, comes justice; with justice comes freedom. For in our freedom, we all seek justice, and it is through the truth of justice that we are free. Therefore, if we respect God and others and give them their rightful Continue reading