Many of these great sins, murder, adultery, stealing, malice,
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Pride was the devil's great sin, as he wanted to be like
God, and rebelled. There are 7 basic kinds of sin, that lead to all
others, known as the Seven Deadly sins. It takes heroic virtue in most cases
to overcome these. Most of us are afflicted greatly with at least one or two
And once you give in to one of these sins, the spirits of the
other 6 will be only too glad to come into your soul also. All of these sins
will lead you directly to hell. To understand what hell is like, click here. Our Own Site!
1 John 2:16: For all that is in the world, the lust of
the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the
Father but is of the world.
In the above scripture, St.John talks about three basic types
of sin - The lust of the flesh (gluttony, lust, sloth), the
lust of the eyes (greed), and the pride of life
(pride, envy, anger). Overcoming these things should
be our life's work.
Lust ........This pertains to
and not limited to, watching porn on television, undressing other's with your
eyes, prostitutes, if its in this category then it is still SIN
Greed.......... Anyone which only
cares about what they can get out of someone, and or over charge someone,
etc. Anything which pertains to this category is still SIN.
"He who loves money never has money
enough" Ecclesiastes 5:10 / Sirach 5:8
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house.
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant,
his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
"But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, 'You are
my God.'" Psalm 31:14
There are at least three forms of
an obsessive desire for ever more material goods and the
a fearful need to store up surplus goods for a vaguely
defined time of want
a desire for more earthly goods for their own sake
The Greed of Power
In this form, earthly goods are chiefly a means to an end,
which is really not that far off from a healthy view. The money, real estate,
cars are simply things used to achieve, wield and display personal power.
These things can be used to intimidate or bribe others, reinforce one's own
illusions about what is important or to build up a feeling of success. The
"products of wealth," as the Jethro Tull.
The real problem here is more the desire for power than the
actual greed. A common thread for sin in general is that it is often borne
out of fear. A fear of helplessness or loss of control can turn into a lust
for power as a way of preventing an undesirable situation. The parable of the
man with an abundant harvest is well worth considering.
To destroy our desire for power, we must be generous in
granting power to others. When appropriate, be submissive to others. Avoid
jobs that are a temptation for a "power grab."
Share credit for successes with others, and claim a fair share
of responsibility for failures being blamed on others. The idea is to stop
trying to control everything and everyone. In parenting, this means
encouraging children to find their own way, and respecting their choices.
It does not mean abdicating legitimate responsibilities, but
loosening our grip on others' lives as well as our own. God will take care of
us, He has the plan. We can't control everything anyway, so we might as well
learn to relax in God's hands.
Gluttony........ The chief error about Gluttony is to
think it only pertains to food. Some people can't have enough toys,
television, entertainment, sex, or company. It is about an excess of
There are at least three forms of
Wanting more pleasure from something than it was made
Wanting it exactly our way (delicacy)
Demanding too much from people (excessive desire for other
people's time or presence)
The Good News
Because Gluttony is generally a sin of the flesh, the
flesh limits it. If we consume too much food or drink, our body (usually)
lets us know, either by gaining weight or illness. If we are too fussy about
things (delicacy), people will tell us to do it ourselves. And if we demand
too much from people, they will fly from us and we will be alone more often.
So, we usually get a view of the problem, and a chance to change.
It is said that St. Thomas More was an exceptionally fun
person to be around, so much so that King Henry VIII of England
kept calling for him, preventing Thomas from going home to his family. Thomas
eventually began to curtail his merrymaking so that he was more dull company.
This strategy worked, and he was able to live at home more often.
The cure for Gluttony lies in deliberately reducing our
use of pleasurable things, not in eliminating them. When eating, quit before
feeling stuffed. When snacking, don't just keep stuffing, but quit after a
while. With people, allow some quiet time together, and also get some time
alone. Of course, if time alone is very pleasurable, get out more often. And
if the toast is a bit too brown, eat it anyway.
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. 1 Corinthians 13:4
For where you have envy and selfish ambition,
there you find disorder and every evil practice. Envy with
Anger and Pride as the sins of "Perverted
The other two groups are "Insufficient
Love" and "Excessive Love of Earthly
Envy is perverted because it "loves" what other people possess, rather than what is Good,
Beautiful and True. It is often portrayed as "eating
away" the heart of the envious person.
Dante shows the envious as among those farthest away from
Paradise, with their eyes sewn shut, but weeping over their sins. Again, a
common metaphor for Envy is "wearing out the eyes."
"Whoever is angry with his brother will be
liable to judgment" Matthew 5:22
"Now the works of the flesh are plain:
carousing and the like
I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such
things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."
"A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up
anger." Proverbs 15:1
Is Anger Always A Sin?
As with many other passions, anger (or wrath)
may be an emotion or an attitude. If all anger is sinful, how is it that God is described as "angry" in the
Old Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures), or that Jesus became angry at
least twice according to the Gospels. Of course, some people say Jesus wasn't
really angry as he drove the money changers out of the temple with
"a kind of whip made of cords" (John
Read the Gospel: Jesus was angry. If Jesus got angry,
it must be right, because he never sinned. So we can get angry?
Anger as a Decision
Some say we can't control our emotions, but we "choose" our emotions from our "emotional
toolbox." If anger is in our heart already, events will bring it out.
If we have let God give us peace, our reaction to events will reflect this:
we may respond to offenses or accidents with humor,
kindness and patience, because that is what is in our heart.
But if we still have anger in our heart,
what do we do in the meantime?
Once the anger wells up and starts to spill
out, we have an ongoing decision: let it out or refuse to
participate. This is not a matter of holding it in. It is a matter of
starving it but refusing to feed it.
Anger always dissipates eventually, so we can just let
it happen sooner by not holding on to it and refusing to enjoy it.
People enjoy their anger. Think about it; you will find it is true.
Even though we may feel terrible later, we
enjoy the power of anger while we are giving ourselves to it. We get an
adrenaline rush and forget all the bad things about ourselves.
Anger Belongs to the Righteous
Every angry person feels righteous. When we are angry we
concentrate on the object of it and forget everything else. It is Judgment
Day, and we are playing God. Parenting may be the worst situation of all. An
angry parent faces a small, helpless child and truly is an awesome force. The
child can be frightened beyond belief, and the parent may come to enjoy this
feeling, especially if the parent feels helpless in the face of others.
Supervisors can intimidate employees in the same way, teachers do it to
students, administrators to teachers, and schoolmates even bully each
The key is that only the righteous have a "right" to be
angry. Appropriately, this is called "righteous indignation." There
are rare cases where we are angry for the right reason: when we hear someone
make racist remarks, lie to destroy someone else's reputation, or commits a
However, none of us is truly righteous: we do wrong things,
too. Given our own sins, we are in no position to judge, and righteous anger
implies a kind of judgment, at least of an action. We aren't called to stand
high above other people but with them. We fail, and we desire compassion and
patience from others.
Many times, our anger over situations is not due to the
situations' actual morality, but is because they conflict with our own ideas
about what is good. And our ideals are not always God's.
A good deal of self-examination is required:
why am I really angry? Is God
angry about this? If not, do I claim to be more
righteous than God?
This may be the most helpful idea in dealing with anger: is
God angry about it? We had better know God very well, though, or we may
simply make God in our own image and then have Him bless everything we
So, righteous anger is simply a matter of agreeing with God
over serious matters. However, God really doesn't need our anger, so
something more productive is called for: action on behalf of good. In
all the Gospel, Jesus spent almost no time being angry, and in each case it
was very short lived. If we are angry often, it is most probably not
Lastly: if we believe we should be angry because we
want to agree with God, then are we also compassionate for the same
Do we agree agree with His mercy?
Do we genuinely try to follow the full Gospel or do we
pick and choose?
Are we prepared to humble ourselves for the sake of others
as Jesus did?
Do we remember God's patience and mercy in His dealings
The safest course is first to imitate God's
mercy, compassion, humility, gentleness and above all, love. When
these are in our hearts, perhaps we may also have some righteous anger.
"The Devil, the proud spirit, cannot endure to be
mocked." St. Thomas More, 16th
"God is stern in dealing with the arrogant,
but to the humble He shows kindness." Proverbs 3:34
"Hatred of God comes from pride. It is contrary to the love
of God ..."
Overweening pride, arrogance, haughtiness: these have
been the stuff of tragedy.
Vanity, fussiness, delicacy: the stuff of
comedy. These are all forms of self-delusion, and paper-thin masks
over rotting features. Pride and vanity refuse
the truth about who we are and substitute illusions for reality.
While vanity is mostly concerned with appearance, pride is
based in a real desire to be God, at least in one's own circle.
The first requirement of pride is spiritual blindness. Any glimpse of God reveals our frailty and
sinfulness, just as a well-lit bathroom mirror shows the flaws in our
complexion. Like Oedipus, we are driven to gouge out our eyes at the sight of
our wretchedness and wander away from our heavenly home, with no purpose or
Unlike Oedipus, we build up myriad illusions about who we are
and what we are about. We can busy ourselves with career, family and even
church work, thinking we are being driven by a strong work ethic, moral
values or the fire of the Holy Spirit. In reality, we may be running away
from God by running away from ourselves. Nearly everyone else can see that we
are putting on a show, but not us. Our coworkers may hate us (they are just
jealous), our children may self-destruct or leave us (they are ungrateful),
and we may never truly pray but merely stand in the presence of a god we have
created, but we still refuse to see.
A second requirement of pride, indeed
a symptom, is that each challenge to our pride drives us harder to
improve our illusion of productivity, sanctity or compassion. It has been
said that the definition of a zealot is "one who has lost
sight of his goal, and so redoubles his efforts." We might say the
zealot works twice as hard to keep up appearances.
When we hear sermons about pride, or read this text, we may be
tempted to think of all the people we know who really need to read it. We
need to read it.
Pride is about us, and we would love to retain our illusions
by pointing to others, saying: "But they are very proud. I
really don't think I'm that great, but they do."
The best pride detector is this: how much are we bothered by
the pride of others? And if we feel attacked, is our response: "other
people are worse."
A strong indicator of pride is competitiveness. There
is nothing wrong with playing to win, provided the joy is in the playing. If
our happiness depends on defeating others or knowing our child is the star of
the team, we are building a world of illusion.
At death, all illusions are stripped away. God's judgment will
not take into account our bank balance, how much we own, how smart our
children are or how much self-esteem we have. All that will matter is whether
He recognizes us (Matthew 25:12).
There are several ways to destroy Pride, and
they must all be taken together:
Be grateful to anyone and everyone
Treat even the things people are expected to do as great
Be grateful for your food, your change at Burger King,
rain, life itself
Beg forgiveness of God for the sin of Pride. Go before Him
in prayer every day or every few hours and implore His mercy.
The more this offends you, the more Pride
Ask God for a spirit of Humility and
Gratitude. Read Philippians 2:3-11 and imitate it.
Understand that without God's Grace, we will never cast
away our illusions.
Ask God to break your pride and vanity using whatever it
takes: illness, loss of friends, loss of family, public humiliation.
This is unbelievably difficult to request, and every fiber of
our being fights it. We protest it is not fair, or "God
doesn't work that way." My friend, what good is health, friends,
family, a good reputation, if you have no real love for God, but only a
In the end, all but true love for God is lost, so count all
else but God as loss now.
"His master replied, `You wicked, lazy
servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I
have not scattered seed?" Matthew 25:26
"If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his
hands are idle, the house leaks." Ecclesiastes 10:18
But I Do Lots of Stuff!
Most people think of sloth as laziness, not doing much
of anything, but just sitting around doing nothing.
Many people stay busy most of the time but don't do the things
they should, putting them off for later. They may be staying busy so they
have an excuse.
Sloth (or acedia) is a kind of
spiritual laziness (as opposed to mere physical
fatigue or depression). It means not making it a
priority to do what we should, or change what we should in
Some people might call it apathy, which
means a lack of feeling.
An example might be a parent that always sends their child to
bed early so they can have lots of quiet time to play solitaire or watch TV.
Perhaps they could let the child stay up a little later and play a game with
them or read. Or perhaps they always tell their child "no!" without
taking the trouble to explain why...
Another example could be someone active in a political
movement. Perhaps they don't bother to read other opinions and so never
question whether their group is right or wrong. As a result, they could
support some very wrong beliefs, such as racism, because they never tried to
find the truth.
In business, some people never check into the laws to see if
their practices are illegal. For Christians, we sometimes don't really want
to know what the Bible (or our Church) teaches about something, so we put off
reading or asking about it.
Sloth is quite possibly the main reason why people
don't read good spiritual books. They will read Christian fiction or some odd
Gnostic gospel instead that "tickles their ears," but never the ones
that could call them to action: loving their
neighbor, helping the poor, telling the truth.
Lastly, there might be a student who naturally picks
everything up with very little effort.
Instead of learning more than required, or doing volunteer
work, they might just sit around getting high or gossiping. Not because it is
fun, but because they just don't care.
It should be noted that vices often are disguised as virtues.
So sloth is often disguised as calmness, serenity, keeping a level
head, open mindedness, etc... If sloth is the reality, people will
get very defensive.
The Capital Virtues, which are the opposite of the
seven deadly sins, are as follows:
Chastity - It overcomes the sin of
lust Mark 7:21 1 Cor 3:16
Chastity moderates desire for sexual
pleasure, the body’s most imperious passion,
according to principles of faith and right reason.
Chastity opposes acts or thoughts
that are inconsistent with Church teaching about the use of our reproductive
powers to prevent defilement of the soul.
Jesus said, “From within, out of the heart
of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting,
wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All
these evil things come from within, and they defile a man.”
St. Paul added, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple
and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God
will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and that temple you are.”
The practice of chastity is control of our thoughts and discipline of our senses, especially the eyes.
It is greatly assisted by modesty and purity.
Chastity is one of the seven capital virtues.
The others are humility, liberality, brotherly love,
meekness, temperance, and diligence. They are called capital because all the virtues we strive to practice are said to flow
from these seven capital virtues. Chastity is opposed to the
capital sin of lust.
The virtue of chastity is also one of the twelve fruits of
the Holy Spirit.
Liberality - It overcomes the sin of
Liberality is a spirit of generosity for a proper and worthy charity
that may involve the donation of our time, our money, or other
Liberality is one of the seven
capital virtues. The others are humility, brotherly
love, meekness, chastity, temperance, and diligence.
They are called capital because all the virtues we
strive to practice are said to flow from these seven
capital virtues. Liberality is opposed to the capital sin of
Liberality is completely different from the political
philosophy of liberalism.
Liberality is personal rather than social, and consistent
with a well formed Catholic conscience.
Temperance - It overcomes the sin of
Temperance is the virtue that moderates the desire
for pleasure. It regulates every form of enjoyment
that comes from the exercise of human volition, and includes all those
virtues, especially humility, that restrain the inordinate movements of our
desires or appetites.
In particular, temperance is the obverse of fortitude. Where fortitude limits rashness and
fear in the case of major pain that threatens to unbalance human nature,
temperance limits inordinate desire for major pleasures.
Since pleasure follows from all natural activity, the most
intense pleasure follows from the most natural activities particularly
the pleasures of food and drink, and of the marital act.
Temperance is one of the four
cardinal virtues; the others are prudence, justice,
Temperance is also is one of the seven capital
virtues. The others are humility, liberality, brotherly
love, meekness, chastity, and diligence.
They are called capital because all
the virtues we strive to practice are said to flow from these seven
capital virtues. Temperance is opposed to the
capital sin of gluttony.
Temperance is also related to the virtue of
Brotherly Love - It overcomes the sin of Envy
Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39, John 13:34, Matthew
Brotherly love is happiness in
response to another’s success. God commanded that we love one
another. We are to treat even our enemies with brotherly love because
we are all children of the same heavenly Father
“Love one another; even as I have loved you,
that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My
disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Brotherly love is one of the seven capital
virtues. The others are humility, liberality,
meekness, chastity, temperance, and diligence.
They are called capital because all
the virtues we strive to practice are said to
flow from these seven capital virtues.
Brotherly love is opposed to the capital sin of
Meekness- It overcomes the sin of Anger
Meekness is a form of temperance that
controls every inordinate resentment at another’s character or
behavior. We approach meekness by cultivating patient
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Meekness is one of the seven capital virtues. The others are
humility, liberality, brotherly love, chastity, temperance,
and diligence. They are called capital
because all the virtues we strive to practice are said to flow from these
seven capital virtues. Meekness is opposed to
the capital sin of wrath.
Humility - It overcomes the sin of
The capital virtue that recognizes
our total dependence on God.
A humble person considering his own defects has
a lowly opinion of himself and willingly submits himself to
God and to others for God’s sake.
Humility is also opposed to immoderate
self-abjection, which fails to recognize God’s gifts and use them
according to His will.
Humility is one of the seven capital virtues.
The others are liberality, brotherly love, meekness,
chastity, temperance, and diligence.
They are called capital because all the virtues we strive to practice are said to flow from these
seven capital virtues. Humility is opposed to the capital sin of
Humility is not the highest of the
virtues. That honor, by tradition, belongs to
the three theological virtues, faith, hope and particularly charity. However, humility
is the first of the capital virtues because it is
opposed to pride, the first of the seven capital
Diligence- It overcomes the sin of sloth
The decision to fulfill all of the
responsibilities in our vocation or state in life.
“The dignity of the human person is rooted
in his creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in his
vocation to divine beatitude. It is essential to a human being freely to
direct himself to this fulfillment. By his deliberate actions, the human
person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God and attested by
Every human person has the vocation to divine beatitude,
explained in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
In addition to this common vocation, we also have particular
vocations depending on our state in life. In general, the
husband is called to work for a living, participate in raising his family,
and protect his home.
The wife is called to bear children, to
raise and educate them, and create a good home environment.
Retired persons in adequate physical condition are called
to contribute their time and accumulated knowledge and skills to the Church
in particular and the community in general.
Persons who suffer greatly from physical
ailments are called to offer up their suffering in union with Christ’s
suffering on the Cross.
Diligence includes suitable
recreation, particularly on the Lord’s Day after Mass, after we have
fulfilled our responsibilities.
Diligence is one of the seven capital virtues.
The others are humility, liberality, brotherly love,
meekness, chastity, and temperance. They are called capital because all the virtues we
strive to practice are said to flow from these seven
Diligence is opposed to the capital sin of
The child is called to learn his lessons and
help with household chores.
How do you get these virtues?
Prayer, prayer, prayer. And fasting also helps, a lot
(Mark 9:29). After all, if our enemy is the
flesh, it would seem that to overcome this enemy, you must
starve it, just like you would if you could starve your enemy to death