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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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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.

God Bless BJS!!

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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