On Learning as an Adult

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A guest post by Supertradmum

There is no excuse for those in developed countries to be ignorant.

In fact, most Catholics do not know, that there is a virtue called studiosity. In 2014, I wrote a post on my old blog on this virtue. However, I want to add a few thoughts after five years of political chaos in both the United States and Great Britain.

Here is the original article.

Father Chad Ripperger has been one of the most influential priests in my life via his amazing set of talks and some personal input. He is the reason I am in the third order which he started. His intellect and spiritual insights are gifts from God.

One of the things he has pointed out is something I have written on this blog-the sin of curiosity.

This sin causes people to run after approved and unapproved apparitions. We do not need to concern ourselves with visions, but we do need to study our faith.

Recently, Father noted that curiosity is a vice, even when it is connected to wanting to know the latest about certain apparitions, even approved ones.

The virtue which is the opposite of this vice is studiosity, the virtue connected to temperance, which is a search for the truth which is disciplined and ordered. 

We are responsible for knowing the Faith, and we are also responsible for dulling our own intellects.

Raissa Maritain, as I noted, cried out in her diary for people to know their religion, the Catholic religion.

Without knowledge of the Faith, one easily falls into many other vices, and we are responsible for that type of falling away.

Studiosity is a virtue. If one is an adult and never studies the Faith in the Catechism or the encyclicals, or other excellent books, one is committing two sins at least. One is sloth and the other is neglect of conscience.

Ask yourselves honestly in your examination of conscience whether you are studying. If one merely chooses one author, such as St. Alphonsus, or the Pope Emeritus, or St. Augustine, or St. Therese of Liseiux, one is doing one’s duty.

But the virtue demands that we study not only spirituality and prayer, but doctrine and dogma.

Studiosity is connected to the great virtue of temperance, the virtue which strengthens our reason. Temperance prepares us to combat temptation. Studiosity allows us to know the Faith so that we can avoid temptations and prepare for holiness.

Are you studying anything solid with regard to the Faith?

For those caught up with seers and visions, even approved ones, I challenge you to set those books aside and begin to study your Faith.

We are required to do this, and the fact that there is a virtue which helps us do so should be comforting.

Thomas Aquinas makes this distinction between curiosity, which actually is connected to lust and greed, and studying.  Curiosity connects us with the senses, not the intellect. Whereas studying increases our knowledge in order to help us know God and ourselves.

To be constantly distracted by trivia may be an indication that one has fallen into the vice of curiosity.

What I would like to add, now in 2019, is the awareness of the appalling ignorance of most adults regarding two areas where they should be self-taught.

The first, is, of course, the Fatih. It is an adult’s duty to learn the Catholic Faith, the Credal Statement, and the other basics of our religion. An adult who does not know his or her’s own religion is responsible for this lacuna. One cannot keep blaming bad Catholic schools or liberal priests for a lack of knowledge. Sorry, there are too many places to find out the reality of our Faith.

The second is the area of politics. Most people vote in knee-jerk, emotional responses, voting for financial reasons rather than ethical. And, to add to this generalisation, I can say for sure that the vast majority of Catholics do not know their own religion regarding social issues, democracy, and the long tradition of the Church dealing with the poor. A long list of encyclicals and apostolic letters from the mid-19th centuries down to the present day from the popes clearly have excellent teachings as well as guidelines for political involvement.

Emotional reactions regarding voting habits must be set aside for reading, reflection and prayer when one decides on political action.

I am not taking political sides in this post. However, I do want all Catholics do consider how they think, and whether they are prating the virtue of studiosity.

JMJ, pray for us!

God is good,

Jay