Category Archives: 7 Deadly Sins

Anger, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth

 

Our Lord showed how hateful gluttony is in the parable of the rich man, Dives, and the poor Lazarus (1). Dives was so greedy that he would not even give scraps to Lazarus, who sat at his gate. But when Dives died, he went to hell, while Lazarus went to heaven. The brothers of Joseph (2), were so envious of him that they sold him to some merchants going to Egypt. God rebuked their sin by blessing Joseph in Egypt, and causing him to be in a position to help his envious brothers later.

 

    What is anger? –Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure, combined with a desire to inflict punishment on the offender.

     

  1. An angry man loses his reason. In anger a man will do what he afterwards regrets. From anger arise hatred, revenge, (quarreling, blasphemy, contumely, and murder. The virtues of patience and meekness are opposed to anger. 

    Anger, or wrath, is a temporary madness. A man with this vice flies into a rage at every little thing. He always puts the blame of his anger on others, and even when he is alone be gets angry. “The wrath of man does not work the justice of God” (Jas. 1:20).

    Wilful murder, one of the “sins that cry to heaven for vengeance,” arises from anger.

    When the first willful murder took place, and Cain killed his brother Abel, God said to Cain, “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth to me from the earth” (Gen. 4:10).

     

  2. He who indulges in anger injures his health, becomes hated, incurs damnation.

    Many men have had a stroke of paralysis brought on by anger; some have even died. If anger is so hurtful to the body, how much more to the soul!

     

  3. When we feel ourselves becoming angry, we should never speak or act, but try to calm ourselves by prayer.

    St. Francis de Sales said: “I have made an agreement with my tongue never to utter a word while my heart is excited.” “Let every man be slow to speakand slow to wrath” (Jas. 1:19).

     

  4. If we should be so unhappy as to have offended anyone by our anger, we should hasten to apologize.

    “Do not let the sun go down upon your anger” (Ephes. 4:26)

     

  5. just anger against sin and injustice is praiseworthy. We may hate the sin, but not the sinner.

    Christ had this just wrath when He drove the sellers from the Temple. Holy Scripture says, “Be angry and do not sin” (Ephes. 4:26).

    What is gluttony? –Gluttony is an excessive desire for or indulgence in food or drink.

     

  1. Gluttony is greediness, intemperance in eating and drinking. Of the gluttonous, St. Paul said that “their god is the belly ” (Phil 3:19). We should not be either too greedy or too dainty about the nourishment we take. The virtue opposed to gluttony is temperance.

    We should not eat more than we need to support life. “We do not live to eat, but eat to live.” We must not take what is injurious to health, even if its taste is pleasing. We must have regular hours for our meals. We should not be too particular about food, eat what is set before us, and not get angry when a dish is not very appetizing. The purpose of food is to give strength for the work we do while still on earth preparing for our final end.

     

  2. Gluttony produces dullness of mind, laziness, and sensuality. The vice of drunkenness is a terrible evil, leading to worse sins. A man when drunk loses his reason, and often makes a fool of himself. If reason is the chief difference between man and the beast, why should one extinguish it by drunkenness?

    “The sensual man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God” (1 Cor. 2:14). “He who sows in his flesh, from the flesh also he will reap corruption” (Gal. 6:8). It is well for young people to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking till after they are twenty years of age. If they do this, the likehood is that they will not contract vice.

    Note: Smoking is against the 5th commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” (RMO) Saint Maximilian Kolbe is the patron Saint of SUBSTANCE ABUSE which includes alcohol, tobacco, heroin, marijuana. crack, cocaine, and any other substances that are abused.

    What is envy? –Envy is a bitter feeling at the excellence or good fortune of those who are better or happier, with a desire to rob them of what they have.

     

  1. Envy consists in discontent or anger at the success of another, as though it were evil to oneself. It also consists in rejoicing over another’s misfortune, as if it were a good to oneself.

    Envy is against the commandment of God to love our neighbor. It is the mark of the petty mind and the hard heart. The devil envied Adam and Eve in Paradise; Cain envied Abel, whose offering was pleasing to God. Some are, so envious that they even envy the holiness of others, but without any desire or attempt at imitation. This was the case with the Pharisees, and their envy led them to plot the death of Jesus Christ.

     

  2. Envy leads to calumny, gossip, detraction, hatred, scandal, and other sins. An envious man looks on everything with malice; as a result his envy does not even make himself happy, but destroys his peace of heart.

    The sons of Jacob were envious of their brother Joseph because he was the favorite son. Their envy led them to sell him into Egypt. Often the envy in a man’s heart causes him to be so soured on the world that he sells himself for nothing to the devil.

     

  3. A form of envy, one of the greatest sins, is envy at another’s spiritual good. This is a most diabolical sin; it shows that the sinner has closed his heart against the charity of God, and instead houses God’s enemy, Satan. The virtue opposed to envy is charity, or brotherly love.

    What is sloth? –Sloth is the neglect of one’s duties, spiritual or temporal, through laziness.

     

  1. The rule of the universe is activity; life and movement may be found in all nature. The slothful man is the exception; and he by his laziness goes against nature.

    “Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn wisdom” (Prov. 6:6). The slothful keep putting off doing anything till tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, which often never comes.

     

  2. Many complain of hard luck, but often misfortunes come from laziness. The virtues of diligence and zeal are opposed to sloth.

    Even on earth, most rewards go only to the industrious and energetic.

     

  3. Spiritual sloth is called lukewarmness. It is also called tepidity.

    The lukewarm person would like to have the rewards given by God, but will not move a finger to serve Him. As soon as it is necessary to exert himself, he shrinks from the effort. Great Sinners have been known to become great saints, but the lukewarm, never. Holy Scripture says: “I would that thou wert cold or hot. But because thou an lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit thee out of my mouth” (Apoc. 3:15,16).

     

  4. Sloth leads to many sins; idleness begets vice. The lazy neglect good works.

    If man has no useful occupation, his natural activity turns to all kinds of mischief. A busy person avoids many temptations.

This article has been taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distributor.
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Pride, Covetousness, Lust

 

Pride makes one admire himself, in the belief that his excellence, imagined or real, is the result of his own worth. Our Lord condemned pride in the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (1). Jesus said that the humble and repentant publican was justified in the eyes of God, while the proud Pharisee went home unjustified. Covetousness is one of the ugliest of sins. It was a sin of Judas. He loved money so much that he even betrayed Our Lord for thirty pieces of silver(2).

 

What is pride? –Pride is an inordinate love of one’s own excellence, an excessive self-esteem.

    Our Lord is the best example of meekness and patience. Did He use His almighty power to punish those who did Him evil? For hours He hung meekly on the cross, until He died. Every day God is patient with sinners, giving them time to change their ways. God, the Supreme One, is not proud.

     

  1. The proud man overestimates himself, and believes himself the source of his own excellence. The virtue of humility, which disposes us to acknowledge our limitations, is opposed to pride.

    Some are proud of their appearance; others of their family, talents, position, money, and the virtues they imagine, they possess. Even if we do have excellent abilities or possessions, we should not be proud of them, remembering that they all come from God. Instead, we should be humbly thankful, and see in what way we can make a return to God for such gifts. “Every proud man is an abomination to the Lord” (Prov. 16:5).

     

  2. Pride may be called the mother of all vices, for most sins can be traced to it. From pride arise ambition, vanity, presumption, disobedience, hypocrisy, obstinacy in sin.

    “For pride is the beginning of all sin: he that holdeth it shall be filled with maledictions and it shall ruin him in the end” (Ecclus. 10:15). “Never suffer pride to reign in thy mind or in thy words, for from it all perdition took its beginning” (Tob. 4:14). Pride was the sin of our First Parents, who wanted to be as great as God. It was the sin of King Pharaoh; he was so proud that in spite of the miracles Moses worked, he refused to be convinced. For this God “hardened his heart” (Exod. 9:12); that is, God permitted him to close the window of his soul against the grace of the Holy Ghost, “Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, the Lord has rejected thee” (1 Kings 15:26).

     

  3. The proud man tries to attract notice and praise, strives after honors, distinctions, and other worldly favors.

    He is over-confident in himself, and despises the assistance of God. Pride was the sin of Lucifer. The proud man pretends to be greater than he is, and tries by all manner of means to attract the praise of others, even using false humility to do so.

     

  4. God hates pride, and punishes it severely, He often punishes secret pride by withdrawing His assistance from the proud man. And deprived of God’s aid, the proud man often falls into grievous sins leading to his humiliation.

    “The beginning of the pride of man is to fall off from God” (Ecclus. 10:14). “God resists the proud” (1 Pet. 5:5). “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled” (Luke 14:11). Thus the proud King Herod was eaten up by worms and died. Thus, the proud Roman Empire fell and became nothing. Our Lord pointed out the pride in the heart of the Pharisee, and praised the humble publican.

     

  5. If we, however, despise sin as beneath us, that is not pride, but a virtuous self respect.

    A decent regard for cleanliness and neatness is not vanity. The ambition to exceed in good things, as in studies, in order to make the best use of God’s gifts, is to be commended. God wishes us to be His excellent children.

    What is covetousness? –Covetousness is the excessive love for, and seeking after, wealth and other worldly possessions.

     

  1. Covetousness is also called avarice. A covetous person strives for more riches than he requires, and is never content, however much he already possesses.

    He greedily clings to what he has, and is stingy and hates to give anything away. For money Judas betrayed the Lord. “There is not a more wicked thing than to love money; for such a one setteth even his own soul to sale” (Ecclus. 10:10). “Take heed and guard yourselves from all covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).

    We meet with covetous persons among both rich and poor. Often among the rich there is money without avarice, and among the poor, avarice without money.

     

  2. From covetousness arise hard-heartedness towards the poor, lying, cheating, usury, defrauding laborers of wages, and other sins.

    “Those who seek to become rich fall into temptation and a snare . . . For covetousness is the root of all evils” (1 Tim. 6:9-10). It destroys faith, for the avaricious are so absorbed in money-getting that they have no time for their spiritual welfare.

     

  3. To provide for one’s future and that of one’s family is praiseworthy. To avoid waste and extravagance is a virtue.

    To accumulate even considerable wealth, by proper means, is not wrong. The rich, however, must remember their obligation to use their wealth for the glory of God, not for their own pride.

     

  4. Liberality, which disposes us rightly to use worldly goods, is opposed to covetousness. 

    The avaricious man is very foolish. He works hard all his life and becomes hated by men: he earns besides eternal damnation after death and all for nothing. When he dies all he has are a few feet of earth for his grave; his money is left to heirs who most probably ridicule his miserliness or waste the money to gain which he lost his soul. “For when he shall die, he shall take nothing away; nor shall his glory descend with him” (Ps. 48:18).

    What is lust? –Lust is the inordinate seeking of the pleasures of the flesh.

     

  1. Lust defiles a man as no other sin does. It degrades man to the level of the beast. Pride is the sin commited by Lucifer, avarice by Judas, and lust by the brute.

    Of all vices, lust is most severely punished on earth. It leads to loss of health and reason. It was the cause of the Deluge. It was the cause for the destruction with fire and brimstone of Sodom and Gomorrha. “But immorality and every uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becomes saints” (Ephes. 5:3).

     

  2. Those tempted to lust should remember that man was made to the image and likeness of God. Will they so rashly destroy that image, to make themselves like to beasts? In fact, beasts are better than lustful men, for beasts act in that manner from instinct; they have no soul like God.

    Impurity weakens the will and darkens the understanding. For this reason amendment is very difficult, and the sinner falls into many other sins. So Solomon, who yielded to lust, finally lost all his wisdom and turned to worship false gods.

     

  3. From lust spring jealousy, hatred, murder, loss of faith, despair, instability, worldliness, selfishness, and other sins.

    The consequences of lust are seen in the case of Henry VIII. It was the cause of his apostasy, and his apostasy dragged an entire nation into similar apostasy. “For know this and understand, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetous one (for that is idolatry) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephes. 5:5)

     

  4. Sodomy, or sins against purity by persons of the same sex, is a form of lust.

This article has been taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distributor.
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Mortal Sin

 

Mortal sin is the greatest evil in the world. It separates us from God. Because of our mortal sins, Jesus Christ suffered agonies and died on the cross. To strengthen our resolution not to commit sin, we should remember also that even a single mortal sin is enough to send us to hell.

 

What is mortal sin? –Mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God.

     

  1. Any wilful thought, word, action or omission, in serious violation of God’s law, is a mortal sin. Examples of mortal sin are blasphemy, wilful murder, adultery, arson, robbery, etc. Mortal sin occurs as soon as God is no longer our final end in our thoughts, words, and actions.

    Each mortal sin we commit is a three-fold insult to Almighty God: it insults Him by rebellion or disobedience, by ingratitude, and by contempt.

     

  2. Circumstances of person, cause, time, place, means, object, and evil consequences enhance or decrease the guilt of the sin.

    Thus mortal sins, although all mortal, differ in the weight of their guilt.

Why is this sin called mortal? –This sin is called mortal, or deadly, because it deprives the sinner of sanctifying grace, the supernatural life of the soul.

     

  1. Without sanctifying grace, the soul is displeasing to God, unclean, and can never behold Him or be with Him in heaven.

    Without sanctifying grace, the soul is without God; and without God, the devil makes the soul his habitation. “Know thou and see that it is an evil and bitter thing for thee to have left the Lord thy God” (Jer. 2:19).

     

  2. The sinner loses charity towards God and his fellow-men, and by the weakening of his will and the darkening of his intellect, is liable to fall into other mortal sins.

    The devil cries to his subordinates, “God hath forsaken him; pursue him and take him, for there is none to deliver him” (Ps. 70:11).

     

  3. Without sanctifying grace, the soul is truly “dead”; and if an adult dies in that state, he will suffer the torments of the damned.

    The word “mortal” comes from the Latin mors, which means death. St. John Chrysostom said, “Sinners are dead while they live, and the just live after they are dead.”

Besides depriving the sinner of sanctifying grace, what else does mortal sin do to the soul? –Besides depriving the sinner of sanctifying grace, mortal sin makes the soul an enemy of God, takes away the merit of all its good actions, deprives it of the right to everlasting happiness in heaven, and makes it deserving of everlasting punishment in hell.

     

  1. Man was made for God, and what an awful calamity it would be to become His enemy! It would be as if the food which was made to support and sustain man should all of a sudden turn to poison him instead.

    Through mortal sin, the sinner becomes a stranger to divine love, and to the love of neighbor; his heart turns cold because he has put out the flame of charity by grave sin. His reason, a gift of God, is obscured, and he fails to perceive the things of God. Thus a sinner the more he sins, becomes more insensitive to evil; his will is finally so weakened that all conscience is lost, and he falls into greater and greater sins more and more easily.

    “Adulterers, do you not know that the friendship of this world is enmity with God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of this world becomes an enemy of God” (Jas. 4:4).

     

  2. During all the time that the sinner remains in mortal sin, all his good works do not help him to heaven: he earns no merits until he gives up his state of mortal sin.

    As the Apostle says, “If I give my body to be burned and have not charity, I am nothing.” One who falls into mortal sin may be compared to a merchant coming into his home port, laden with all kinds of treasures collected from abroad, upon which he has spent years of labor and incalculable wealth. Just as he enters the harbor his ship is torpedoed, and he saves nothing for all his trouble. In a similar manner, one who dies in mortal sin gains nothing, however numerous the good works he may in life have performed.

     

  3. However numerous the merits previously earned by the sinner, however many his good works, if he dies with only one mortal sin on his soul he goes to hell forever.

    Is this not something to be feared? It is because mortal sin presupposes a hatred of God. Let us be reasonable men, and consider the utter folly of selling our birthright, God and heaven, for the mess of pottage that is sin and its effects. “Then he will say to those on his left hand, ‘Depart from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire'” (Matt. 25:41).


What three things are necessary to make a sin mortal? –To make a sin mortal, these three things are necessary:

First, the thought, desire, word, action, or omission must be seriously wrong or considered seriously wrong. – The matter must be grave, something very important.

A slight act of vanity or impatience is not serious matter, but murder is. Things seriously evil are known to be such from Sacred Scripture, Tradition, the teachings of the Church, or from their nature.

Second, the sinner must be mindful of the serious wrong. – He must have full knowledge and reflection or attention, and know that what he does is grievous.

The person must know the malice and evil of what he is doing. A man who steals a precious diamond ring in the belief that it is glass has not full knowledge. A man who throws a lighted match thoughtlessly aside may throw it into a gasoline tank and cause an explosion, but he has not full attention. “For I formerly was a blasphemer, a persecutor and a bitter adversary; but I obtained the mercy of God because I acted ignorantly, in unbelief” (1 Tim. 1:13).

Third, the sinner must fully consent to it. -He must do it of his own free will, saying deliberately, “I will do this.”

When one realizing what he is doing, still freely does it, he gives the matter deliberate consent. Therefore infants and idiots cannot commit mortal sin; they cannot fully realize what they do.

Is mortal sin a great evil? –Mortal sin is a great evil, the greatest evil in the world, a greater evil than disease, poverty, or war, because it separates us from God.

“But they that commit sin and iniquity are enemies to their own soul” (Job. 12:10).

     

  1. It is a rebellion against and contempt of God, the blackest ingratitude towards Him.

    Our heavenly Father gave us everything we have, and in return we offend Him. We desecrate His temple. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). By mortal sin a vile and insignificant creature offends and insults the infinite Creator.

     

  2. It is crucifying Christ again, “since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and make him a mockery” (Heb. 6:6).

    We can never fully realize the malice of mortal sin. We can get a small idea of it by remembering that God sent His own beloved Son to suffer untold agonies, to save us from its consequences.

     

  3. Mortal sin must be a most terrible thing indeed to make a just and merciful God create hell for the everlasting punishment of the rebellious angels and of sinners who die with even only one mortal sin.

    Even considering only its temporal penalties mortal sin is great folly. Upon it follows moral disquiet; the sinner loses the serenity and cheerfulness of the just soul. “The wicked are like the raging sea, that cannot rest” (Is. 57:20). Sickness and want are often consequences of sin, as well as loss of a good reputation.

This article has been taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distributor.
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Lust/Impurity

“For many have perished by the beauty of a woman, and hereby lust is enkindled as a fire.” Ecclesiasticus 9:9

Thou shalt not commit adultry” Exodus 20:14

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house: neither shalt thou desire his wife, nor his servant, nor his handmaid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his” Exodus 20:17



Nothing impedes our vision of God more than impurity.

God has seen fit to attach a certain amount of pleasure, as he has with eating, to the propagation of the human race so that humans will procreate.  Our Blessed Mother Mary informed the children of Fatima; Lucia Santos, Jacinta and Francisco Marto, that the vice of impurity is the reason why people end up in Hell the most.  The pleasures meant for pro-creation are to be utilized in marriage, and marriage alone.  The tendency to use these pleasures outside of marriage is called lust.  These tendencies include impure actions, thoughts, and desires.  Interior surrender and complacency to these things often result in exterior actions and are always present before these actions. 

The majority of the world would disagree with the above statements about thoughts and desires.  The reason impurity is such a grievous offense against God is because it is His domain we partake in to not only create a human life, but bring an immortal soul into this world that will one day have to answer before his Creator.  We as humans have no part in the creation of the immortal soul but work with God in supplying the vessel in which that soul will be placed. Anything used outside these intended plans of God is not only contrary to moral and natural law but ultimately a slap in the face of the Almighty.

It is also well to note, that when these actions are used for the intended purpose between a man and a woman for the pro-creation of children, in order that they may glorify God, the pleasures attached are for us to enjoy.  As well, when things happen, such as impure thoughts, or in the job of a doctor seeing someone naked, or being shown some filth from a supermarket magazine, movie, or television, that we do not give consent to, we are not held at fault.  The key factor in determining whether or not one commits a mortal sin in this vice is full knowledge and consent. If the action is good and necessary, as with most everything else, then it is within it’s ordered use.  Things such as dirty books or movies, bad conversations with peers, lewd dancing, determine the extent and the gravity of the sin. “But I say to you, that whosoever shall look upon a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultry with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

As stated, consent is where the sin lies, God knows that ideas and thoughts often times show themselves without any direct control of them.  The effects from lust are quite disastrious, unbeknownst to many, as today the world makes it a part of daily life, and impurity is everywhere you look.  The first effect is a strong formation of the habit of sin. Impure thoughts and actions make us slaves to impurity, and when left unchecked often follow one from their teenage years all the way to their death beds, where they will perish and go to Hell for eternity.  Any relish for prayer disappears, lust and selfishness prevail over the things of God.

With lust men become soft interiorly, and are incapable of courage and uprightness.  Women lose their sweetness and innocence, often dressing shamelessly in order that they may snare another boyfriend for their desires. Souls lose interest in everything once loved, such as their parents and friends. People come to know only lust and satisfaction, and keep inconsistency as their most stable relationship.  They end up going from person to person destroying lives, there is no more self-sacrificing love, no true interest, they love others only for themselves and when they are bored or no longer satisfied they move on from person to person like a bee does flower to flower until another selfish desire comes along.

With lust the interior peace of the soul is destroyed, these pleasures that are most in common with animals make us act like animals.  Souls become ashamed and past actions gnaw at our conscious. People feel sick and wrong about themselves, darkness enters the soul and there is no peace, they seek distractions (music in bathrooms/restaurants, television, entertainment, the world has plenty to keep you from thinking about God), in order that the mind not think or look at your soul in relation to God.  This world HATES recollection, noise is everywhere.

Secondly, these habits of sin take a major toll on physical and mental health.  People who become slaves of lust, often look to other false remedies such as addiction, drugs, suicide, when people they cared for leave them for someone else.  People break up with them because of lust, and this causes interior pain and anguish, there is no more spiritual life, all taste for higher things is lost.  The intellect becomes dull and weak, students fail at school, cold-heartedness sets in, they become slaves that can consider nothing else.  Henry VIII (who broke away from the Catholic Church because the Pope would not approve of marriage anullment and started the Anglican/Episcopal Church of England), married one wife after another, he had 6 wives three of which he ultimately beheaded, as well he beheaded his friends St. Thomas Moore, and St. John Fischer the Bishop of Rochester, because they did not approve of his lustful life.

Thirdly, people become willing to hurt everyone because of lust.  Their families, long time spouses, or little children, lives are destroyed because of this vice. Lust professes to be love, but is really disguised, cold, self-love.  Children end up with emotional problems, it is unnatural for parents to split up but most of the time it is for lustful impure reasons.  Men of the household become angry, they have no self control or patience, they lash out at family members. Vanity takes hold and people become obsessed with their appearances for gain of their selfish desires.  The impure become hardened and inconsiderate of others, their is no true love anymore and couples become two furnaces of self-love instead of being united in their love for God, the things of God, and for each other in the sacrifical love that marriage is supposed to be.

In order that we remedy lust we must have deep convictions that impurity is evil, and must be avoided at all costs, even death, DEATH BUT NOT SIN!!  We must also convince ourselves of the mercy of God (without being presumptious of it), that we can obtain the grace to be pure despite our past transgressions, you can overcome it!  It is possible, to hold on to that conviction. St. Paul states that we are temples of the Holy Ghost, our bodies are sacred when they are in the state of sanctifying grace. When not in this state, we are called to be by our Catholic Baptism, we cannot and must not defile ourselves if we wish for God to dwell within us.  Members of the Mystical Body of Christ (His Church), must act accordingly.

We must avoid any and all occasions, be it persons, places, or things, that will tempt us to sin (yes living together unwed is included). “A hard heart shall fear evil at the last: and he that loveth danger shall perish in it.” Ecclesiasticus 3:27 Television is horrible and is like having a sewerpipe in your living room, there is a very very small amount of decent things to watch, and having cable TV for the good programs is like diving into a cesspool to retrieve a dime.  Movies are dirty and often PG movies are filthy.  The world has completely leveled its standards of purity, and is forcing you to play along.  God is watching you watch these programs and you will have to account for them on your day of judgement. Bars are nothing but filth and outposts of Hell.  They are the den of the devil and we must do everything we can to make the dangers of impurity remote. Punishments will come.

We must practice self-mortification. Obey the Catholic rule and DO NOT be under the same roof alone with someone you are dating.  Never put yourself in a position where you will be comfortable to be impure.  If the person you are dating can agree to this then they are worth keeping.  Keep custody of the eyes, keep a guard over the sense of touch, avoid long hot showers, and comfortable soft beds, avoid steady dating and know the reason and purpose for seeking a mate.  Stay busy with chores and prayer, idleness is the devils workshop.  Pray fervently to overcome these temptations, and go to confession and recieve the Sacraments often whether you need to or not.

DO NOT give the Devil a way in, do not play with thoughts or temptations. Resist the beginning of temptation, because after remedies come too late. God does not command the impossible (unlike teachings of Martin Luther and John Calvin), He will give us sufficient grace to conquor or the inspiration to ask for more grace IF we want it!  Remember the devil mocks us, being a fallen angel he himself was not subject to flesh and the problems that come with it.  If we can become masters over our fallen natures however, then we can be as angels in the eyes of God.

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Greed/Avarice

“For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.”  Matthew 6:21

“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house: but he that hateth bribes shall live.  By mercy and faith sins are purged away: and by the fear of the Lord every one declineth from evil.” Proverbs 15:21

Greed is defined as the inordinate desire of temporal goods. It does not have to concern possession, as even a poor man who desires much can do so enviously of the rich, to his own destruction.  All things belong to God and when things are not used for the purpose of obtaining salvation and to glorify God, they are used in a disordered fashion. Greed is based on a lack of confidence in the Divine Providence of God.  People cling to earthly and temporal goods because they lack the Faith that God will supply them with what they need for their states in life.

Our Lord, the greatest example of being poor in spirit, did not require that His disciples be completely poor.  He only wishes us to have a type of moderation to the possesion and use of things in this material world.  The spirit of poverty is a requirement of Heaven because without it our hearts and minds are elsewhere, taking our souls with them.  The saints practiced a life of unattachment to earthly things because they were ready at any moment to give up their lives and go before the Judge, without any material love to stand in between.

There is nothing wrong with striving for the basic needs of this life.  Everyone needs food, clothing, shelter, transportation, communication, etc.  There is also nothing incompatible with Holy Scripture in enjoying the use of things in moderation; you only run the risk of getting too attached or having these things in excess if you do not remain poor in spirit and emotionally unattached to these things. Reason should be our judgement for such things. “Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal.” Matthew 6:19

Material things will leave us, or we will leave them.  Money will inevietably be spent, but people put a lot of emphasis on it because it affords us objects that we want and need.  Money is a medium of exchange, people love it according to what they can purchase with it often creating its disordered use.  A good thing to ask yourself when you see something you wish to purchase is whether you want it, or you need it.  If you need it and can afford it, then buy it.  If you want it, ask yourself why and if it is affordable not just for your budget but will it take the attention away from your duties of state in life?

Often times things are purchased out of impulse.  People forget about God and live pennyless due to impulsive buying.  They become cold hearted, mean-spirited, worldly, unspiritual, envious, and dishonest.  These things lead to lying, cheating people, and stealing, or even worse.  There becomes no room for pity on others, not just financially but in general one becomes selfish and will not help others.  They may complain about the price or quality of things given to them and eventually become unable to live in a modest environment, having to be lavish in their everyday lives. As stated however, there is a moderation concerning your state in life, such an example would be a president. Because of the dignity of such a position, it would not be advantageous for a president to drive around in the cheapest car he can find, or wear ragged clothes as a representative or head of a nation.

Men often come to a love of money, toys such as video games, guns, cars, things they truly believe they need when they do not.  Women can be extremely excessive with clothing, makeup, and shopping in general.  It is not wrong for one to have vacations or amusements, it is a part of life to have these things.  The more our focus stays on these things however, the less it is on God.  Nothing in this world is truly ours to own forever, people become so attached to things that they lose focus on what really matters.

To remedy such feelings we need to have an overall trust and confidence in the Divine Providence of God.  We need to pray for the things we need to fulfill our duties according to our states in life, as a child asking their parents for something.  We need to reasonably spend and save and not be so avaricious with our money especially when there are needs to take care of, it will be spent at some point anyway.  A good exercise is to frequently give away something dear to you to keep yourself from being too attached to material things.  If we have excessive amounts of money, it is because God wants us to have the courage to give it to those who are in need.  If we are lacking what we need, then we need to ask God for what we need with faith and confidence and thank Him for making us closer to the poverty, and humility that Jesus displayed while on this Earth.

“But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.” Matthew 6:20

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7 Deadly Sins

“​Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no schisms among you; but that you be perfect in the same mind, and in the same judgment.1 Corinthians 1:10

We should not be satisfied merely to keep the commandments of God, but should always be ready to do good deeds, even when they are not commanded. The commandments of God state the minimum requirements for salvation. They should be kept not merely according to the letter, but also according to the spirit, which obliges us to strive for greater perfection.
Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action or ommission forbidden by the law of God. 

All of these seven deadly sins, are the origins of every offense we commit before Our Creator. They become the obstacles and chief obsessions in our minds of what we want to focus on instead of what we should be focusing on.

Pride-Unrestrained appreciation of our own worth (opposite of Humility)

Greed-Immoderate desire for earthly goods (Opposite of Liberality or being poor in spirit)

Lust-Hankering for impure pleasures (opposite of Chastity)

Anger-Inordinate desire for revenge (opposite of Meekness)

Gluttony-Unrestrained use of food and drink (opposite of Temperance)

Envy-Sorrow over another’s good fortune (over Brotherly Love)

Sloth-Laxity in keeping the Faith and the practice of virtue (over Diligence)

Note:
The 7 Deadly Sins, also known as “The 7 Capital Sins,” are those sins that give rise to other sins. They were first enumerated by Pope St. Gregory the Great in “Moralia in Job.”

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Pride

“And I will break the pride of your stubbornness, and I will make to you the heaven above as iron, and the earth as brass:” Leviticus 26:29

Pride blinds us to EVERYTHING. We have impossible expectations of everyone and everything to serve our needs. When these are not met we burst into fits of anger or other extreme emotions out of self will run riot. If we are not in control of our own emotions what an illusion that we think we can control anyone or anything else? It is pride that put the devil in Hell. It is pride that condemned Our Lord to die on the cross. It is pride that sprouted all these different Protestant religions along with private interpretation of Scripture, that takes them off the path that Christ has shown us to follow and that was reiterated by countless saints and martyrs.

To think we are something when truly we were made from nothing. Pride gives fuel to every other sin, believing we are entitled to so offend God. Like a weed in your garden that starts as a seed. It grows first in vanity of one’s self. It then leads to selfishness, and finally the worst of the forms of pride, arrogance. It chokes out the delicate flowers of virtue that ever need our attention in being cultivated and watered. It grows up to attack these virtues no matter how hard we try and the world puts miracle grow on these weeds.

Pride is defined as excessive self-love and is committed in a number of ways with three main forms, vanity (or vainglory), selfishness, and arrogance.

Vanity – this is the lowest form of pride, and consists of paying extra attention to yourself. Along with this is the expectation that others should pay the same amount of attention to you. It is right and proper for people to look good and well kept respectably, but too much looking in the mirror and focus on one’s self means you are pleased with yourself in such a way you believe others should be too.

This is made manifest by boasting of one’s self. Exaggerated conversation as to make what you speak sound more important. Praising your children as to extol your feelings of pride through them. All of these are subtle ways in which individuals express pride. Drawing attention to yourself.

Human respect is defined as the acceptance of sinful living in order to draw or maintain acceptance of other humans over Gods. Early English Protestants lived in such a way as to earn the attention of their king. As well stubbornness engenders discord.

Selfishness- when one seeks their own needs excessively. We have too great a desire and attention to fulfilling our own needs then to think about God or others. This is manifested by us in excessive interest and pursuit of pleasures. Excessive material things lead to an inability to make sacrifice. This inability destroys marriages and religous vocations.

Selfishness destroys marriages because one or both parties are unwilling to do anything outside of pleasing themselves to preserve the blessed union of matrimony before God. They are blinded by pride into lust, gluttony, anger and all the others. People do not choose religous vocations because it is not a “lucrative market”, it doesnt appeal to the senses like pleasure and money do.

Your duties in life become abandoned for ease out of laziness. There is an arising of anger and strong passions. One does not care if people’s lives are miserable, as long as this person can lash out and throw their fit like a child when they don’t get their way. This selfishness leads to cold-hearts and a general lack of compassion.

Arrogance – this is the worst kind of pride and inclines rebellion of the intellect and disrespect. We believe we are not even subject to reality. The errors of subjectavisim and relativism take hold to the point the mind cannot discern between what is real and obviously true anymore.

Rejection of standard norms of reality, today anything goes.  Society embraces heresy and is in acceptance of everything. This is one of the worst sins you can commit before God. It is just under hatred of God and is the spirit of the devil. Contempt for authority and humility. Love of self to the hatred of God as He becomes an obstacle to us and eventually obtains hatred from us. As the devil hates Him, us, and everything, in such ways.

The first question of Catholic Catechism is why God made us. The Catholic answer would be to know, love, and serve Him in this world to be happy with Him in Heaven. The answer the world gives us is to obtain as much human respect, money, and impure pleasure, to die and go to Hell forever. Heroes of human ages are heretics to the truth, they are held with such great esteem. Godless, and liberalized in their thinking of what is owed to them. We were created out of nothing, and it is God that maintains our existence, not us.
God Bless BJS!!