#002: Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life [Podcast]

Do you have passion for Christ? Are you passionate about your faith? Are you passionate about your marriage? Are you passionate about your family? Are you passionate about your occupation?

If you didn’t answer “yes” to all of the above, you’re normal. However, Christ came to give us abundant life. Today we look at three ways to increase passion in your life by exploring the teaching of Thomas Aquinas on the passions.

In the Q&A, we examine the problem of scrupulosity.

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Saint Thomas Aquinas teaches us about our passions

In this show I share three tips for increasing genuine passion for God and your life.

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#002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life

1) Proverb of the Week:
Proverbs 15:22

2) Tip of the Week: 
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3) Featured Segment:
How to Increase Your Passion for Life

For the 11 Passions according to Saint Thomas Aquinas, please see my article The Theology of Eating Too Much Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.

4) Latin Word of the Week:
cupido – lust, longing, or desire

Listener Questions

  1. A reader asks about the problem of scrupulosity – when a person worries that venial sins are mortal sins and does not receive Holy Communion.

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  • che

    Excellent podcast. It was very informative and contained helpful ideas that were just what I needed to hear. Thank you!!!

  • Darren

    What a salty ending!

  • JMJT

    I like this simple and clear presentation of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teaching on the passions, coupled with direct application to the spiritual life.
    Taylor Marshall has a talent for being concise and lays a foundation of knowledge and practical application that one can build upon, at the same time being drawn to a deeper interest in the theology of St. Thomas.

  • Thadeus

    Any chance the podcast could be available through a feed to Media Monkey, rather than going through itunes? For a person that doesn’t use itunes, I can’t transfer the podcast to my media player.

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  • Gil Michelini

    Thanks for your explanation of passions. You are helping to “put the cookies on the bottom shelf” when it comes to the philosophers.

  • Alessandra Parrini

    From the church of feline: when in doubt do not fret but wash. Or better as we are Roman Catholics let Mother Church do the grooming. As I often put my paw on my scrupolosity, I learnt that it burns more and that as you said a good spiritual director sets you right. I could but I will not swear on the Word of God. It would be unbiblical. Thanks for the upbuilding podcasts.