Series 3, Ep. 52: The Perfections of Our Lady
The Daily Decade for the Feast of The Annunciation unto the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Conception of Our Lord is on the true joy Our Lady attained through a life of suffering, and the example she sets for us to attain Heavenly Joy through the close following of Our Lord in all His ways.
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It is Lent! Remember St. Thomas Aquinas definition of “effeminicacy” when you shrink from your mortifications:
Perseverance is deserving of praise because thereby a man does not forsake a good on account of long endurance of difficulties and toils: and it is directly opposed to this, seemingly, for a man to be ready to forsake a good on account of difficulties which he cannot endure. This is what we understand by effeminacy, because a thing is said to be “soft” if it readily yields to the touch… properly speaking an effeminate man is one who withdraws from good on account of sorrow caused by lack of pleasure, yielding as it were to a weak motion.Summa II.II:138,1
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