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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Sloth

Like a parasitical relationship, sloth latches on There’s a certain level of relief that comes from putting aside anything that generates stress; to sit back, relax, and watch the hours wane away as you curl up in your favorite recliner, isolated from a world packed with things that you don’t …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Fortitude

Bravery, or fortitude is the feeling that motivates soldiers to rise out of desolate trenches, bystanders to intervene in complicated, and possibly dangerous, situations, and individuals to stand up to aggressors. Fortitude is the backbone of society, the method by which countries and their people gain and control power and …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Lust

In a society filled with inflated relationships and fictitious desire, a simple gaze awry can kindle a feeling known as lust. The strong sexual desire that is felt by many people has been seen to destroy relationships, or ruin the foundation of hopefuls. Obstruction of common sense often leads the …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Prudence

“There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence,” said Charles Caleb Colton, a well-known English writer and collector during the 1800’s. This quote explains the mismatch of opinions of what prudence truly means. Another way to interpret Colton’s quote is, “There is nothing more careless than excessive wisdom or confidence.” …

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An Examination of Sins and Virtues: Envy

Wanting to want the right things There’s an old Russian fable found in Deirdre McCloskey’s book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World. This fable tells the story of Ivan, and his neighbor, Boris. God tells Ivan that he can have anything he wants, under one condition: Boris …

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Examining the anatomy of faith

Thinking, feeling, doing: how do you experience spirituality? The search for wholeness may be private or public The anatomy of faith has a structure of three main “body parts”: the head, the heart and the hands. In these parts people think, feel and act out their faith. “The head is …

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Orthodox Christmas

Does the Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas the same way as you do? The priest chants loudly as he rings the bells. The smell of burning frankincense and myrrh fills the church. The faces of the congregation are illuminated only by a faint golden candle glow. The people slowly join in …

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