Schedule for Temporary Formation
Year A: Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit [PDF]

Required Texts: 

  • CCC Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Lehodey, Rt. Rev. Dom Vitalis. The Ways of Mental Prayer.
    Tan Books. Charlotte, North Carolina. 1982.
  • Christian Prayer (Red Book) Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New York, 1976
    or the Four-volume set of Liturgy of the Hours
  • Ferrell, Walter My Way of Life Confraternity of the Precious Blood. 1952

 


September

The Powers of the Human Soul

Objectives

  • Describe the human person as a substantial union of body and soul
  • Distinguish between the spiritual and the sensitive powers of the soul
  • Distinguish btw irascible and the concupiscible emotions (passions) and list them
  • Define “virtue” according to Thomas/Aristotle
  • Distinguish between natural and supernatural virtues
  • Identify the 3 theological virtues and the 4 moral (cardinal) virtues
  • Identify which powers the virtues perfect
  • List the qualities of a virtuous act (CCC 1834)

Readings/Sources

Marshall, Taylor R. Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages: A Quick Layman’s Guide to Thomism.

  •  pp 31-35 (Powers and Passions)
  •  pp 35-38 (Moral Virtues)

Sullivan, Daniel J. An Introduction to Philosophy: the Perennial Principles.

  •  pp 111-115 (The Soul of Man)
  •  pp 146-150

Lagrange, Garrigou. Three Ages of the Interior Life.

  •  pp 48-52 (The Natural Life and the Supernatural Life of the Soul)

CCC 1803-1811; 1834


October

Theological Virtues and Moral Virtues

Objectives

  • Distinguish between infused moral virtues and acquired moral virtues
    (according to Thomas. N.B. the explanation in study questions)


Readings/Sources

Marshall, Taylor. Pp 38-41 “Supernatural Theological Virtues”

Lagrange, G. Vol I., pp. 52-57 (Ch 3, article II). Theological virtues

Lagrange, G. Vol 1., pp. 57-66 (Ch 3, article IV) Moral virtues

CCC 1812-1829

My Way of Life, Ch 7. Unity in Human Action


November

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Objectives

  • Describe the nature of the Gifts
  • Distinguish between virtues and the Gifts
  • List the 7 Gifts and when we receive them
  • Readers may find it helpful to fill in the chart (see last page) while reading. Identify the following for each gift:
  1. effects of its operation on Earth
  2. effects of its operation in Heaven
  3. the corresponding Beatitude(s)
  4. the virtue(s) perfected


Readings/Sources

Cameron, Rev. Peter J., O.P. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit According to St. Thomas Aquinas. (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2002.) pp. 1-22 (the chapters on Fear of the Lord, Prudence, Knowledge, Fortitude).


December

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Objectives

  • Continue as above for the Gifts of Counsel, Understanding, Wisdom
  • Consider the operation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Mary


Readings/Sources

Cameron, Rev. Peter J., O.P. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit According to St. Thomas Aquinas. (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, 2002.) pp. 22-42.

LaGrange, vol II., pp. 233-236. “Conditions Required for Docility to the Holy Ghost”


January

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lehodey, Dom Vitalis, O.C.R. The Ways of Mental Prayer. Read pp. 1-82 (Part I, On Prayer in General)


February

Day of Recollection

 


March

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lehodey, Dom Vitalis, O.C.R. The Ways of Mental Prayer. Read pp. 83-216 (Part II, On Ordinary Mental Prayer)


April

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lehodey, Dom Vitalis, O.C.R. The Ways of Mental Prayer. Read pp. 217-308 (Part III, On Ordinary Mystical Prayer)


May

 

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lehodey, Dom Vitalis, O.C.R. The Ways of Mental Prayer. Read pp. 309-405 (Part III, On Mystical Prayer, Chs. V-IV)


June

 

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lagrange, Reginald Garrigou. The Three Ages of Interior Life. Vol I. pp.444-460
Ch. XXXV “Mental Prayer of Beginners” [Website]
Ch. XXXVI “How to Attain to the Life of Prayer and Persevere in It” [Website]


July

 

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lagrange, Reginald Garrigou. The Three Ages of Interior Life. Vol II. pp.279-288
Ch. XXVIII “Contemplative Prayer” [Website]


August

 

Objectives


Readings/Sources

Lagrange, Reginald Garrigou. The Three Ages of Interior Life. Vol II. pp.299-306
Ch. XXX “Degrees of Contemplative Prayer” [Website]