Series 3, Ep. 30: True Manhood, True Womanhood, and the Cross
The Daily Decade for the Feast of St. Barbato is on struggle and suffering (a recurring theme), and particularly the way in which we are called to imitate Our Lord for true Manhood, and Our Lady for true Womanhood.
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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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