Passions: Sicknesses of the Soul or Aids in Virtue?

with Fr. Nathan Ricci

The passions are often pitted against virtue, but if that’s the case, how can we explain Jesus’ anger towards the money changers in the temple? In this Catholic Bytes episode, Deacon Nathan Ricci explains how Scripture can help man to understand himself more fully and to live a truly passionate and virtuous life for Christ.

Further Resources:

  1. Online Audio: Good, concise homily of Bishop Barron about the passions
  2. Online: Brief section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the passions
  3. Online: Catholic Encyclopedia article on the passions


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Fr. Nathan Ricci grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and is a priest for the Diocese of Providence.  Fr. Ricci received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Providence College in 2012 and was a Smith Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, in 2011.  He is currently pursuing a licentiate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  In his free time, Fr. Ricci enjoys long distance running, traveling, reading and writing, and is an avid fan of Italian cuisine.