7 Deadly Sins – 7 Lively Virtues: Wrap-up

Last night was the final session of our 7 Deadly Sins – 7 Lively Virtues Adult Faith Formation class at Church. It has been a great seven weeks and I’m going to miss the probing discussions with the group. Because of scheduling constraints, we combined the last two topics namely Gluttony/Fasting and Lust/Chastity into one night. In this post I’ll give a very quick summary of these two important topics. Finally, I’ll provide a summary table to help remember the 7 Sins, the 7 Virtues and how to apply the lessons learned to our daily lives.

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

Gluttony    Healty Eating

  • Gluttony is the Immoderate Pleasure in Food or Drink
  • Gluttony is a Deadly Sin Since it Replaces the Desire for God with the Desire for Physical Pleasure
  • The Antidote to Gluttony is Fasting: Take Control of Your Physical Desires


lust_bust            rings

  • Lust is Treating Another Person not as an End, but Rather as a Means to Personal Pleasure
  • Lust is a Sin Because It Is Love of Self Instead of Total Self-Giving Love as God Loves
  • The Antidote to Lust is Chastity
  • Chastity is a Virtue of Character, it is NOT a Behavior

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Avarice (Greed) and Generosity

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

Greed   gen1      gen2

  • Avarice (Greed) is the Unreasonable Desire for Riches
  • How do we Determine ‘Unreasonable’ ?
  • What Does Jesus Teach us About Money?
  • Is Money Personal or Communal?
  • How much is enough?
  • Generosity is the Antidote to Avarice

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Sloth and Zeal (Enthusiasm)

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

sloth                   zeal

  • Sloth is Lethargy in Regard to Spiritual Growth
  • Modern Symptoms of Sloth include Secularism and Relativism
  • The Antidote to Sloth is Zeal (Enthusiasm)
  • If you Discover God’s Intended Purpose for Your Life, Enthusiastic Spiritual Growth will Naturally Follow
  • The 7 Corporal and 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy can help Guide Your Discovery
  • Pray; Ask for Help Discerning Your Mission!

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Anger (Wrath) and Forgiveness

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

Wrath             Forgive

  • Anger (Wrath) is the Unreasonable Desire for Vengeance
  • Anger is not always a sin; Only when Accompanied with Wishing Misfortune to Others
  • We Must Break the Cycle of Anger with Forgiveness
  • The Forgiveness of Our Sins by the Father, is Conditional on Us Forgiving Others!
  • Forgiveness is not a Weakness; Forgiveness is the Power of God Within Us

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Envy and Admiration

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

envy                             admiration2

  • Envy is the Daughter of Pride; Together They Serve as the Most Grave of the 7 Deadly Sins
  • Thru Baptism, We Become Mystical Members of the “Body of Christ”, His Church
  • As Unified Members of the Body of Christ, Our Eternal Lives Mysteriously Involve Each Other
  • Our Fallen Nature (of the Flesh) Must Die in Christ So That We Can Live Forever
  • Admiration of Others is the Antidote to the Deadly Sin of Envy
  • Admiration Can be Misdirected; Admiring Someone for the Wrong Reasons

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Pride and Humility


The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

mecenter     Humility

  • In Times of Stress, Where Do You Go for Comfort? Self or God?
  • Pride is a Barrier Between Us and God, Preventing Us from Asking for Help.
  • Humility is the Prerequisite of Effective Prayer.
  • When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Praying.
  • Being Proud is Not the Same as Being Prideful.
  • Seek an Opportunity to Be Humble; Elevate the Competition

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7 Sins – 7 Virtues: Introduction

Last night was the first meeting of our new Adult Faith Formation class, 7 Deadly Sins – 7 Lively Virtues, provided by Word on Fire Ministries. I won’t repeat the general idea and outline of the course material; you can read that in my previous blog post.

7x7PosterToday, however, I’d just like to give a quick report on the people side of the story and to highlight the discussions we had on the Introduction questions. Since the intent of this class is personal reflection in preparation of Lent and Easter, we limit the actual in-class session to about an hour in length. As facilitator, I select a subset of the questions contained in the student workbooks, and we discuss those in class to help guide the individual’s home study and reinforce the main take-away points. Continue reading “7 Sins – 7 Virtues: Introduction”

Lenten Antidote

I have good news and some not so good news.

On the good news front, the season of Lent is fast approaching. Lent is my favorite season of the entire liturgical calendar and it’s just around the corner. Advent is a wonderful time of preparation and Christmas is exciting with the arrival of our Incarnate Lord, but I have to admit to having some difficulties each year getting past the ultra-commercialization and into the spirit of Christmas. Lent on the other hand is that time of preparation that just seems easier for me in moving closer to our Lord. The bad news is that time races on and Lent is literally just around the corner. This year in particular, Lent begins very early with Ash Wednesday observed on February 10th. It’s also hard to believe that Easter will be celebrated in March!!!

Anyway, with Lent approaching I’ve been spending more and more time reflecting on how to make this Lent an even more intimate encounter with Christ. Past Lenten seasons have been good as I’ve ramped up my prayer life, increased attendance at daily Mass and going to the Sacrament of Confession, and of course giving something up to unify myself with His sacrifice on the Cross. This year a new and slightly different opportunity has surfaced at my parish. The director of our Adult Faith Formation recently asked me to facilitate a 7 session class on the Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues (click here) beginning Jan 20th. This class is a DVD-based study hosted by Bishop Robert Barron and provided by Word on Fire Ministries (click here). In addition to a short 15-20 minute video presentation by Bishop Barron each week, a set of 10 questions is provided to promote group discussion, sharing and understanding. My task will be to guide the group discussions and field any other related questions that may surface.

Most of us are aware of the seven deadly sins being those human tendencies that mortally wound our relationship with God. However, the theme being emphasized during this study is that for each of these seven deadly sins there are seven virtues that act as an antidote to that deadly sin. Here is the list of each according to the upcoming class notes as well as a couple common alternative names (  ).

Deadly Sin      POISON2 Lively Virtue     FIRSTADE    
Pride Humility
Envy Admiration
Anger (Wrath) Forgiveness
Sloth Zeal (Diligence)
Avarice (Greed) Generosity
Gluttony Asceticism (Temperance)
Lust Chastity

So you are probably asking, what does this have to do with Lent 2016? This class is a great opportunity to approach Lent with an attitude of taking positive action. Instead of simply avoiding a deadly sin, which is always good, we can now focus on embracing the lively virtues to become more like Christ.

This post is the first of a series and serves as just an introduction to the class and an invitation to return to this blog and see how the class is going. I’ll be regularly posting reports of each class session, reviewing some of the group discussion highlights and maybe even posting a surprise with some interesting new reading material.