Posts Tagged ‘Sin’

The contrite heart

Monday, June 13th, 2022

In 1982, a new Catholic fell in love with the prayers of the Mass. Those words fed me in many ways: as music for the ear, wisdom for the mind and food for the soul. There was only one problem. The words went too fast for this new convert. I wanted our priest would slow Read more

Pope fears self-righteous perfect Christians

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
perfect christians

Pope Francis says the Lord does not expect us to be “perfect Christians,” and he (the pope) is afraid when he sees righteous and self-assured Christians. Francis told a crowd at the Vatican on Sunday that the Lord would prefer us “to seek him, to call on him or even, like Thomas, to protest, bringing Read more

Christians need more sins

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
sins

As we enter Lent, we reflect on the role of sin in our lives. But we often — maybe generally — look too narrowly at what constitutes sin. After Japan adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1873, the country abandoned the lunar calendar altogether by 1910. So, though the rest of Asia welcomed this year of Read more

Church fixated on sexual morality

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
sexual morality

Nine out of ten Catholics in France firmly believe the Church needs to change its attitude towards sexual morality, according to the findings of poll last month that was co-sponsored by La Croix. Many moral theologians in the country agree with that assessment. One of them said that re-formulating Church teaching on human sexuality is Read more

No sin, no growth

Monday, August 26th, 2019
pro-life

The Hound of Heaven who drove me into the church, also led me to the right priest for instruction,  dear Monsignor Tottman, who gave me the structure that was missing in my enthusiasm. While I waffled on about the spiritual experience, he smiled kindly and said.  “I’m a bread and butter man, myself.” He showed Read more

The Devil’s favourite sin

Monday, October 1st, 2018

The Devil’s favourite sin is pride, according to Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from Spain. In an interview after his first decade as an exorcist, Gallego admitted in the beginning he “had a lot of fear”. “All I had to do was look over my shoulder and I saw demons… the other day I Read more

Pope risks sinning against the Holy Spirit

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

A bishop who is the former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops’ committee on doctrine has written to Pope Francis. He says the current pontificate is marked by “chronic confusion”. He warns Francis his teaching with a “seemingly intentional lack of clarity risks sinning against the Holy Spirit.” Read more Related Posts:Synod’s about listening Read more

This sin business

Monday, September 4th, 2017
Christmas

When reading church teaching on sin, I tend to walk a parallel path, acknowledging the principles but interpreting them a different way. Many women do this, because feminine spirituality tends to be different and complementary to the masculine model. Our gender differences are shaped by our biological roles. For a man, sin usually affects personal Read more

This sin business

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

When I read the church fathers’ teaching about sin, I acknowledge the principles but interpret them a different way. Many women do this because feminine spirituality tends to be a little different, although complementary to the male model. Our spiritual paths are shaped by our biological roles. Most men achieve spiritual growth through information and structure. Read more

Despair as weakness rather than sin

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Classically, both in the world and in our churches, we have seen despair as the ultimate, unforgivable sin. The simple notion was that neither God, nor anyone else, can save you if you simply give up, despair, make yourself impossible to reach. Most often in the popular mind this was applied to suicide. To die Read more