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In Praise of the Virtues
By
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: The Simple Way
Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013

"Holy Wisdom routs Satan and his whole malicious band. Pure Holy Simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh. Holy Poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of the world. Holy Humility confounds pride and worldly people and all that is in the world. Holy Charity routs diabolic and carnal temptations and all human fears."

In this passage, Saint Francis offers the antidotes to those evils that lead us away from God and torment our world. These virtues might seem small when we read them on the page, but they can transform our lives. How do I begin to embrace these virtues in my life? Which virtue applies particularly to me?

Adapted from The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis, by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.


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