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On the Spiritual Roads

September 4, 2011

Let us start really quick on the one road that leads to damnation. 

Why is this road so beautiful and making us want to chose this road?  In the worldly sense of our minds; we think beautiful things are always good and pure.  But, the spiritual side of things; that is wrong to say; where things are beautiful; things go the way of the devil and lead us away without us even noticing anything; until we come to the end of the road.

What causes us to go down this road that looks like a wonderfully made road?  The seven deadly sins:

What are the seven deadly sins?

The list comes from Pope Gregory the 1st:

luxuria (lechery/lust)

gula(gluttony)

avaritia(avarice/greed)

acedia(acedia/discouragement/sloth)

ira(wrath)

invidia(envy)

superbia (pride)”

What happens when we chose to do these sins?  When we chose to do these sins; it blinds us in a way that we do not see the truth about the so-called beautiful road; which ends up being very ugly and we don’t even see the narrow and harsh road that leads to Eternal Life; that becomes beautiful at the end. 

What I am trying to say about when we commit one of these deadly sins; we become it’s slave and we are owned by it until we can confess it and make conversion from it; to stay away from it.  Any time we sin; we are thinking about “me” and no one else; not even God.  If we have sweethearts but decide to use him or her as an object to get the sinful pleasure you selfishly want; you are not thinking about the one you love or the One who loves you enough to die for you on the Cross.

The one who ends up on the road that is wide and beautiful; is their for their own selfish choosing; because they have said no to God and wanted to do their own thing; it’s like Frank Sinatra singing: “I did it my way.”  Doing it ‘My way” will not lead you to happiness but eternal suffering and torture and utter sadness. 

Should we be totally afraid of never getting back on the right road? No, since God gave us these two roads; He gave us His own emergency wrecker service to help tow the person back to the shop; which is the Sacrament of Confession and they help them get your life headed back in the right direction toward God.  But, one may ask, “how does the person remain heading in the right direction?”  How do you conquer the deadly sins?  By the Virtues of course. 

1. Chastity fights what? Lust: “Abstaining from sexual conduct according to one’s state in life; the practice of courtly love and romantic friendship. Cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene, and maintained by refraining from intoxicants. To be honest with oneself, one’s family, one’s friends, and to all of humanity. Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought-through education and betterment. The ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption.”

2. Temperance fights what? Gluttony “Restraint, temperance, justice. Constant mindfulness of others and one’s surroundings; practicing self-control, abstention, moderation, zero-sum and deferred gratification. Prudence to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time. Proper moderation between self-interest, versus public-interest, and against the rights and needs of others.”

3. Charity fights what? Greed “Generosity, charity, self-sacrifice; the term should not be confused with the more restricted modern use of the word charity to mean benevolent giving. In Christian theology, charity — or love (agäpé) — is the greatest of the three theological virtues.

Love, in the sense of an unlimited loving kindness towards all others, is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. Such love is self-sacrificial. Confusion can arise from the multiple meanings of the English word “love”. The love that is “caritas” is distinguished by its origin – being divinely infused into the soul – and by its residing in the will rather than emotions, regardless of what emotions it stirs up. This love is necessary for salvation, and with it no one can be lost.”

4. Diligence fights what? Sloth “A zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work; decisive work ethic, steadfastness in belief, fortitude, and the capability of not giving up. Budgeting one’s time; monitoring one’s own activities to guard against laziness. Upholding one’s convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching (integrity).

(The vice “acedia” is more commonly known as “sloth”.)”

5. Patience fights what? Wrath “Forbearance and endurance through moderation. Resolving conflicts and injustice peacefully, as opposed to resorting to violence. Accepting the grace to forgive[2]; to show mercy to sinners. Not killing or being violent in any way to any life form or sentient being; to practice moderation of meat consumption and consistent life ethic. Creating a sense of peaceful stability and community, rather than engendering suffering, hostility and antagonism.”

6. Kindness fights what? Envy “Charity, compassion and friendship for its own sake. Empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment. Unselfish love and voluntary kindness without bias or spite. Having positive outlooks and cheerful demeanor; to inspire kindness in others.”

7. Humility fights what? Pride “Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. It is a spirit of self-examination; a hermeneutic of suspicion toward yourself and charity toward people you disagree with. The courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved. Reverence for those who have wisdom and those who selflessly teach in love. Giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one’s own self. Being faithful to promises, no matter how big or small they may be. Refraining from despair and the ability to confront fear and uncertainty, or intimidation.”

Go here and read more on them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Virtues

The most important virtue in Christian life is humility; A Christian must have true humility that is given by God; so the Christian can practice and live all the other virtues given by God.  A Christian must have humility to find the road to Eternal Life and to be able to pass through it’s narrow gate.  At the church where Our Lord was born; the entrance is a short maybe four foot tall door and to enter; one must bow and make yourself humble; or you will not get through the door.  That door maybe narrow and short; just imagine how narrow and short the door to Christ’s heart is?  If we learn humility and is given the grace to live it correctly; we shall be able to live the virtues and find the narrow gate to pass through it.

Amen.

 

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  1. September 5, 2011 8:43 pm

    This first writing is awesome..I am so glad that you countered the sins with what we could do to beat them..I am guilty of a majority of these sins so I appriciate you putting down ways that I can overcome them..Can’t wait to read the second part..Also everyone should read these to their children to help them also..

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