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The Mother of all Sins

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Of the seven root passions or sins – pride, lust, anger, avarice, envy, gluttony, and sloth – the most deadly is pride.  It was an appeal to pride that persuaded Eve to defy her Creator:  “…you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.”  (Genesis 3:6) Pride always manifests itself in defiance. We know from Catholic tradition that it was the pride of Lucifer that led him to defy God and declare, “I will not serve!” One or more of the following attributes can be found in a person who succumbs to pride:
Defiance, intolerance, vanity, boastfulness, disdainfulness, revengefulness, impatience,… Read More

A Scary Spooky Question

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Boo!  Halloween Is Right Around The Corner And I Have A Scary, Spooky Question For You: Do you know what your faults are and what are you doing to correct them? Our worst faults are often completely hidden from us.  While the people who know us best can usually see our faults, most of the time we fail to see our own faults because our pride has completely blinded us to… Read More

Unruly Passions

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
Eve responded, “Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.”  Genesis 3:2-3.  Every time a sin is committed, something within us dies.  The result of sin is always death.  This has been true from the beginning of time. We talk in terms of original sin leading to “the fall of man.”  As Catholics, we believe that as a result of the first sin, man fell from the height of the preternatural to the natural.  What died with that first sin were the three… Read More

A Real Live Sister Act

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Last Tuesday evening (October 16) while I was participating in a holy hour in a perpetual adoration chapel in Cleveland, Ohio, I learned that my second-biggest Adoration Letter fan was scheduled to have her leg amputated.  Georgette and I had arrived in Ohio on Monday evening for two days of meetings with a group of business owners who get together three times a year to share ideas… Read More

Responding To Criticism

Saturday, October 13th, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I published an article in which I discussed organ donation and two incidents involving individuals who found themselves in a position where they had to make decisions concerning ending the lives of family members who had been declared brain-dead.  If you didn’t have a chance to read the article, you can find it Read More