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Perfection By Love

I hear nothing talked of but perfection, yet I see it practised only by few. Every one forms his own ideal of it. Some place it in simplicity of attire; some, in austerity; some, in almsgiving; some, in frequent reception … Continue reading

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St. Gregory Nazianzen

Gregory was born of saintly parents, and was the chosen friend of St. Basil. They studied together at Athens, turned at the same time from the fairest worldly prospects, and for some years lived together in seclusion, self-discipline, and toil. … Continue reading

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St. Basil the Great

St. Basil was born in Asia Minor. Two of his brothers became bishops, and, together with his mother and sister, are honored as Saints. He studied with great success at Athens, where he formed with St. Gregory Nazianzen the most … Continue reading

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Be Ye Perfect

Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect. -Mt 5:48 St. Anthony went on from day to day, stimulating himself to virtue. St. Anastasius said of him, that he always looked upon himself as a beginner, as if every … Continue reading

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St. Sylvester I

Sylvester was born in Rome toward the close of the third century. He was a young priest when the persecution of the Christians broke out under the tyrant Diocletian. Idols were erected at the corners of the streets, in the … Continue reading

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Final Perseverance

Thomas a Kempis tells of a pious person who one day fell into great anxiety in regard to his final perseverance. Prostrating himself before an altar, he raised his eyes, and exclaimed: “Oh, if I only knew that I was … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Becket

  St. Thomas, son of Gilbert Becket, was born in Southward England, A.D. 1117. When a youth he was attached to the household of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him to Paris and Bologna to study law. He became … Continue reading

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