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A Theology Blog – Worth the Read

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I want to introduce you to a new blog hosted by Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, where the bloggers are my professors. They are a group of highly educated, gifted professors who have so much to share, that they have created their own website to blog about Catholic Theology. Each professor will cover different topics, based upon their expertise. I highly recommend this new site to my followers. You can read the inaugural blog post at:

http://sjcmetheology.wordpress.com/

Faith Helps Us Understand Moral Teaching

St Paul

As we seek to learn how faith helps us understand moral teaching, I am reminded of a biblical passage from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans:

“For what can be known about God is evident to them because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made”( Romans 1:19-20).

At the time of Saint Paul’s letter, the Romans were for the most part pagans, unknowledgeable in the faith, yet they possessed the innate knowledge of the Natural Law written on their hearts, which enabled them to discern right from wrong. How much more Continue reading

Faith Seeks Understanding

Faith Seeks UnderstandingWouldn’t you like to know God better? If the answer is yes, then your faith is calling for a deeper understanding of God’s revelation (the totality of His divine plan and the mysteries of faith). This can be accomplished through reading of Scripture, regular attendance at a Bible Study Group meeting, going to Church regularly, speaking to a learned religious person.

The more that you get to know someone that you love, the greater that love is for that person. The same is true for our relationship with God. The more that we seek to understand Him, the more we will learn about Him and love Him. He will, in turn, grace us with increased faith, and the cycle will Continue reading

Belief in the Unseen

Faith in God

In the “What is Faith?” post I had said, “We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.” Since God graces us with the gift of faith, we are able to use our intellect and free will to believe in the unseen, where “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace” (Saint Thomas Aquinas ST II-II q.2, a.9).

We are invited to believe, but we are not forced to believe in God. With faith and reason (our intellect), God also gave us free will – to believe or not to believe. Continue reading

Why Should We Embrace Faith?

Embrace FaithFaith flows forth from the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:7). In the two way relationship that we spoke of last time, God wants nothing to get between Him and our personal relationship with Him. Our relationship with Him is that important! Many times we can put the “love” of something else first; possibly money, power, fame, etc. However, if we place our relationship with God first and foremost above everything else in life, then we acknowledge His authority and accept His words revealed through Sacred Scripture.

You might recall the story of the rich young man who asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal Continue reading

What is Faith? Why is Faith Important?

Faith

Let’s start with a definition of faith. It is both a gift from God, infused in us at birth, and a human act of response. By infused at birth, I mean that God gave us the capability to believe in Him when we were born. We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.

Most people have heard the famous line from the Bible, “I was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25). On the surface, yes a blind man is given the gift of sight by Jesus. The analogy of this parable is that without faith we cannot see the truth on our own, but with Continue reading

What to Expect

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the launch of http://virginialieto.com! Beginning Monday, February 24th, I will blog about the virtues three times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Interspersed throughout the week, you will find me posting interesting news items as they happen. In addition, when I come across inspiring quotes, I will pass them along to you.

Please be sure to check out the Free Gift awaiting you! I call it the Virtues Guide. It is a very helpful tool offering suggestions on how you might practice a particular virtue. Virtues are good habits, esteemed qualities, and your path to happiness. This guide will help you move from unwanted behavior to desired behavior. Please consider it as a thank Continue reading

Virtue: Understanding Good vs. Evil

 

virtueVirtue is often misunderstood. To understand the virtues and why they are important, we must first recognize the difference between good and evil; between morally right and wrong actions.

God created everything good. He created each of us to be good and to strive towards good, with Himself as the Supreme Good. At our birth, God graced each of us with the ability to participate in His Eternal Law by implanting in our human nature the innate knowledge of what is morally right versus wrong. We call this innate knowledge Natural Law; that portion of God’s Eternal Law given to humankind to guide us through life. From this innate knowledge we are aware that good should be embraced and Continue reading