Wisdom is the mother of all the virtues, but humility is the mid-wife. Without humility, virtue is not brought to life in a soul, nor indeed, in a society, a nation, or a world.
What is humility? Why is it so important for us? This podcast takes a very close look at what humility is today and in every age, and how this great gift can open up in us the life of virtue that alone is fulfilling and leads to the perfection of human life and society.
As promised last week, today's episode of EvangeliNation kicks off a series of reflections on the virtues.
The virtues are our hope for a nation in need of healing from division, discord, dishonesty, and indecency. Let's set out to reflect anew on the life of virtue! It's a return to humanity; it's our hope for a return to peace and security; it's essential for the pursuit of truth and justice; and it's a journey toward prosperity and happiness in our land and in our personal lives.
So grab your Bible and adjust the volume as we dive into this week's reflection, which takes a look at the first of the virtues: wisdom. We will look at what it is, where it begins, and how it may be applied in a surprising way to current major political events happening right now.
Don't miss this first episode as we set out together on a journey in search of the best and brightest future for our country, our world, and our eternal souls...and what could be more important than that?
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Blessings on your week!
Today, we need to get right at the root of what is dividing our nation and also to consider how we, as a nation of citizens can together work to overcome it. Now, this is a really interesting topic, because it is precisely why EvangeliNation exists.
We have very real civic problems but they have real Gospel solutions! We are living in times when those two realities need to come together, when by force of necessity, what we may sometimes prefer to separate or compartmentalize must come together for the integrity and wellness of every citizen of this great nation and every human being in the world. We have civics, politics, secular activities on one side and then, we have religion and spirituality on the other side, and this podcast weaves these two delicately together, as they ought to be in a society of integrity and in lives where what is seen and made visible comes from an unseen, invisible place within each one of us that is the mind, the heart, the soul, the conscience, and the imagination. So, we have these interior faculties, and we as human beings have exterior faculties or sense faculties that enable us in the body to commit acts, to engage in activity that moves physical, sensible things around. For example, we move words around in oral and written communications; we move the stuff of our physical surroundings, eg., construction materials, and all the things associated with food, clothing, and shelter, which are the basic necessities of human life. And all the things we do come from an idea that is invisible, that is part of the invisible reality that is inside our minds and hearts and will. The will power of a person is a very special faculty, because it is the locus of exterior action. What do I will to do today? What we will to do is shaped by what we think in our minds and feel and believe in our hearts. So, that is why civics, economics, and politics—macro terms for the exterior activity of every human life—and religion and spirituality—the interior life of people—all come together in what we consider together in these podcasts of EvangeliNation. And why is this important? In a word: Integrity. The integration of what we think and believe with what we do is crucial, and as you will see in just a moment, integrity is breaking down in our nation, and we have to stop that.
As the New Year begins, I wanted to take a moment to explain why EvangeliNation was born, and why it’s so crucial that we engage in this sort of deep pursuit of integrity. I invite you to contact me with your feedback and any challenges you may have to the premises of EvangeliNation and any great ideas you want to share for topics to consider in 2021.
Today is the feast day of Pope Saint Sylvester, who died on December 31 in 335 AD. Tune in to hear more about this not too well-known man of courage and faith!
May his heroic faith be a source of encouragement for you, and may his intercession be with us and with all those persecuted and martyred for the faith throughout the world, especially in Nigeria, where Bishop Moses Chikwe was abducted just three days ago.
The story of George Washington's vision of a mysterious beautiful lady at Valley Forge is almost as old as America itself. Perhaps it was appropriate that Our Lady of the Americas would want to mark the auspicious occasion of the founding of the nation with her presence; and in any case, She always comes as the mother of the poor and disenfranchised, as consolation for those who suffer, and the bearer of light and hope for those discouraged. Washington was certainly that when in 1777 (or 8), the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him to assure him of victory, not only against the British, but in three subsequent crises that America would face. One would be the terrible specter of slavery, the sin of which would have lasting ramifications on the nation and lead to the terrible and bloody civil war. The second would be a period in which America would be involved in European wars. The third would be a perilous time in which the whole world would be united against the American Republic. Is this the crisis toward which we are now headed? Tune in today to hear about what really happened at Valley Forge, the account of which was passed down orally from generation to generation and which was eventually captured by Charles Wesley Alexander in his enduring version published in 1861 and shared with you today.
Tune in today to learn about how to COMPLETE the St. Andrew Christmas novena. You might be leaving something out!
Today's podcast also includes a reflection on being born again together with Jesus Christ in the manger at Christmas time. What hope we have in the infant King who saves us! It is a fantastic time to be waking up with His Majesty in the manger.
Here's the text of the novena prayer to be prayed 15 times per day during Advent and twice that on Christmas Day:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
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Greetings and peace to you and your family today on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Thanks be to Almighty God, our Father, Creator, Lord, and King, Source of All Blessing and Goodness in our lives, Source of all our Loving, all our Hoping, all our successes, because none of them, not one success in our lives could have come about without the power and will of the Lord our God, whom we humbly thank today on the occasion of this American national holiday. Tune in today for a reflection on Thanksgiving Day, the unique American national holiday that undergirds the preservation of free societies. Give thanks, live in love, and HOIST THE AMERICAN FLAG OF FREEDOM TODAY.
Today, I'd like to share with you a meditation written by Venerable Cardinal Francis Nguyễn Văn Thuận. Cardinal Twan passed into eternity in 2002, and his life was very holy. Because of his faith, he was imprisoned by the Vietnamese government for 13 years. And this is why this meditation is so powerful. His meditation is titled: Why We Need Not Be Terrified.
Fear as we know is counter-productive in the spiritual life. That's why "be not afraid" is announced so many times in scripture, particularly by God's messengers, the angels, whose encounters with human beings are recorded in the holy scriptures.
Love casts out fear. Recall and never forget that in the end, faith, hope and love alone remain; and the greatest of these is love.
Enjoy this brief meditation.
Today's episode includes a FREE GIFT (right at the beginning) that you can take with you throughout your day! Also included is a guided meditation on the 10 Commandments, which together comprise the true foundation of social justice and a civil society.
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Here's a link to the book I mentioned: Divine Inspirations from Jesus and Mary: For the Love of Many.
Enjoy the day--with a song in your heart.
PCSJ's Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Tuggle, is a vowed and consecrated Pauline living the spirituality and apostolic outreach of St. Paul in the married state according to the Statute of the Holy Family Institute, one of the branches of the Pauline Family founded by Blessed James Alberione, SSP. Lisa holds a B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. After 20+ years in the performing arts and 10 years as a youth minister and Director of Religious Education, she is dedicating the "second half" of her life to global catechesis initiatives while enjoying family, friends, and a simple life of prayer.