The Gap Between Sin and God

Catholics call completion of that… process “Purgatory”. Call it what you will, but if you really think that you can endure and enjoy the full light and fire of God a second after you die, being essentially the same kind of being you are now, without any additional divine operations on your soul, then you […]

An Inordinate Love of Any Sum

The sin of covetousness includes therefore both the intention one has in acquiring the goods of this world and the manner of acquiring them. It is not the love of an excessive sum which makes it wrong, but an inordinate love of any sum. —from Victory Over Vice by Venerable Fulton Sheen, Ch. 7 – […]

If you want to stop sinning…

If you want to stop sinning, commit yourself to never stop praying. —St. Teresa of Avila (Not sure where the above quote comes from, but I heard Bishop Andrew Cozzens mention it in a video on prayer for a Catholic Watchmen event, and then when unsuccessfully searching online for the source, I also saw it listed […]

Why Sin and Evil Actions are Not Unique

Evil recommends the lowest common denominator, but the problem with the lowest common denominator is that it really does make one common, just as the problem with the path of least resistance is that every one takes it in the same manner — by not resisting. Chesterton famously said “a dead thing can go with the […]

On Venial Sins, Judging, and Mercy

—from the blog post Are “Little Sins” No Big Deal? by Sr. Theresa Alethieia Noble at the National Catholic Register Venial sins are ugly. In some ways they are uglier than grave sins when they are committed by people who have fuller knowledge of God’s law. And yet how easily we give ourselves a pass […]

C.S. Lewis On Hating the Sin But Not the Sinner

I remember Christian teachers telling me long ago that I must hate a bad man’s actions, but not hate the bad man: or, as they would say, hate the sin but not the sinner. For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did […]

The Importance of Remembering That There are Seven Deadly Sins

The traditional Christian view of sexuality is more essential to the faith as a whole than many modern believers want to acknowledge. Like most Christian dogmas, from the identity of Christ to the doctrine of the Trinity, it doesn’t just rest on a literal reading of a few passages in Scripture, which can easily be […]