Fr. Spitzer on How to Pray for Your Enemies and Forgive

Fr. Spitzer on How to Pray for Your Enemies and Forgive

Jesus enjoins us to pray for our enemies and forgive one another from the heart; He tells us to forgive seventy times seven times (Mt. 18: 21-22) and to ask the Father to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (Mt. 6:12).

[Video] Why did God Create the Devil?

[Video] Why did God Create the Devil?

In the video below, a Fr. Spitzer’s Universe viewer writes:

8 Deadly Sins in Literature: Anger

8 Deadly Sins in Literature: Anger

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines anger as a desire for revenge. However, prior to the time of Jesus, anger was not interpreted as necessarily negative. 

Overcoming Scrupulosity with Spiritual Conversion

Overcoming Scrupulosity with Spiritual Conversion

“Do you know what happened to my heart? When I saw you, my heart fell in love with you.”

Overcoming Scrupulosity With Intellectual Conversion

Overcoming Scrupulosity With Intellectual Conversion

In the 1957 movie, “12 Angry Men,” a dozen jurors are assembled for the purpose of determining whether a boy, accused with the murder of his father, is guilty of the alleged crime. The first ballot, though one-sided, lacks the required unanimity to convict: 11 guilty; 1 not guilty.  

8 Deadly Sins in Literature: Vanity

8 Deadly Sins in Literature: Vanity

In many lists of the deadly sins, vanity is included within the sin of pride. However, some scholars—including the originator, Evagrius Ponticus—kept it separate due to its difference from pride’s lust for power and dominion.

Scrupulosity Is An Obstacle to Truth

Scrupulosity Is An Obstacle to Truth

“You can’t handle the truth!”

The Magnanimity and Humility of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Magnanimity and Humility of St. Ignatius Loyola

When Pope Francis, the first Jesuit to become pope, celebrated Mass for the feast of St. Mark last April, he used his homily to exhort the Church to proclaim the Gospel with magnanimity and humility. He noted that St. Thomas Aquinas taught that magnanimity, or great-souledness, means doing great deeds and seeking great honors. Humility, far from being opposed to magnanimity, serves to temper it, because humility makes us recognize the great gifts that God has given to others.

The Beauty that Attracted Saint Augustine

The Beauty that Attracted Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine is one of the most intriguing figures in the two-thousand-year history of Christianity. He represents misspent youth, passionate romance, a deep conversion, and ultimately a profound, compelling Christian faith. It’s a hard story not to fall in love with. If he were alive today we might imagine him (at least in his later life) as one of the media titans among our Catholic bishops (think Bishop Barron or Fulton Sheen).

The 3 Levels of Conversion: Moral Conversion

The 3 Levels of Conversion: Moral Conversion

This article is part of a three-part series on conversion first articulated here

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