“God’s love is poured out on pagans who are plunged into wickedness. In choosing them, God wished to reveal his love under its supreme form of mercy.”

Ceslaus Spicq, OP in Agape in the New Testament, Vol. II, page 55.

Virtues Course 1: Introduction to the Virtues, Part 1

This is the first in a series of nine audio presentations on the theological and cardinal virtues. Click above to begin playing.

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The Annunciation: The Incarnation of the Word of God, bringing eternal life, the life of the virtues, to mankind.

Facade of the church, Sagrada Familia, by Antoni Gaudi.

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“You alone, Lord, make me secure.”

The psalmist says: “In peace I will lie down and fall asleep. For you alone, Lord, make me secure” (Psalm 4:9). Faith is certain that, in all things, security lies only in God’s hands. Everything else that might seem reliable – finances in order, consistent daily routines, family and friends who have been supportive – all these cannot really guarantee security. They are never powerful enough, never sure enough, that you should have absolute confidence in them. Fundamentally, only God can make you secure. Therefore, being certain of God, the psalmist abandons himself every night to the “helpless” state of  sleep, letting down his guard in complete confidence that he will never pass beyond God’s help. Recall also that in scripture, falling asleep is an analogy for dying: “If we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thes. 4:14). Your daily abandonment to the security of God brings peace now, and prepares you for that time to come when you “helplessly” pass into a new and as yet unknown world.