7 Deadly Sins

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Psalm 119:37  37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. 

The following is an awesome source of contemplation on the "seven deadly sins" links found on a Catholic Resource known as the www.whitestonejournal.com .  It is the best ever!

 

Vice
Virtue against which it sins
Brief description
Pride (1)HumilitySeeing ourselves as we are and not comparing ourselves to others is humility. Pride and vanity are competitive. If someone else's pride really bothers you, you have a lot of pride.
Avarice/Greed (5)GenerosityThis is about more than money. Generosity means letting others get the credit or praise. It is giving without having expectations of the other person. Greed wants to get its "fair share" or a bit more.
Envy (2)Love"Love is patient, love is kind…" Love actively seeks the good of others for their sake. Envy resents the good others receive or even might receive. Envy is almost indistinguishable from pride at times.
Wrath/Anger (3)KindnessKindness means taking the tender approach, with patience and compassion. Anger is often our first reaction to the problems of others. Impatience with the faults of others is related to this.
Lust (7)Self controlSelf control and self mastery prevent pleasure from killing the soul by suffocation. Legitimate pleasures are controlled in the same way an athlete's muscles are: for maximum efficiency without damage. Lust is the self-destructive drive for pleasure out of proportion to its worth. Sex, power, or image can be used well, but they tend to go out of control.
Gluttony (6)Faith and TemperanceTemperance accepts the natural limits of pleasures and preserves this natural balance. This does not pertain only to food, but to entertainment and other legitimate goods, and even the company of others.
Sloth (4)ZealZeal is the energetic response of the heart to God's commands. The other sins work together to deaden the spiritual senses so we first become slow to respond to God and then drift completely into the sleep of complacency.

Dangerous Trends - Lust and Homosexuality

On a recent edition of ABC Television's The View. New Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg made a startling revelation about the pornography industry. "They make them look like little girls" On NBC Dateline with Stone Phillips we saw the endless parade of pedophiles that were caught in multiple sting operations. In the music documentary found on the Musicology! Page, you'll see where sexual perversion is actually linked to the lifestyles promoted by the documented father of many Rock Icons, Aleister Crowley , who sparked a generation influenced by the demonic culture of the New AGE Movement. Part of Crowley's wicked teaching was targeting minors, startling statistics say there has been major damage. Mastering Life Ministries advises that 51% of ex-gay men counseled by Exodus Ministry were molested as children. Considering the alarming trend of child molestation in this country, where is all of this coming from?

Seduction or Genetics?

By Carl Pearlston - Email cbpearl@socal.rr.com

Former Kinsey Institute research psychologist Alan Bell died May 13, 2002, twenty-one years after publication of his controversial study which suggested that homosexuals are born with their sexual orientation and not influenced by childhood traumatic events.

He based this conclusion on oral interviews with 1500 men and women in San Francisco, and, as related by these questioned, found little correlation between early family experience, and adult sexual orientation. In the intervening years, his conclusions have become the accepted "conventional wisdom", and its axiom of "born, not made" has been repeated over the years by psychologists, social workers, gay activists, psychiatrists, researchers, pundits, and even Dear Abbey, despite the absence of evidence of a any biological genetic marker for homosexual orientation. The infamous LeVay study in 1992 and the Hamer research paper in 1993 are often cited in support of the "born" view, but neither study produced any evidence of a "gay gene", despite vast misleading media propaganda. Nonetheless, in support of that view, the defining phrase "sexual orientation" was adopted to replace the earlier phrases "sexual choice" and "sexual preference", because neither conveyed the desired implication of biological determinism. As in Bell's study, most homosexuals will relate that they had always known they were "different", from their earliest childhood memories, thus proving to themselves that they were born that way. The homosexual state is analogized to that of racial and ethnic minorities, fixed and immutable, innate and inborn. In light of the Catholic Church's continuing problem with homosexual priests who seduce and molest pre-pubescent and adolescent boys, it is appropriate to take another look at those conclusions.

This cannot be done without a certain trepidation, for questioning the regnant conventional wisdom on homosexuality is quickly dismissed by its defenders with the epithet, "homophobic". This certainly inhibits any rational or factual discussion.

The Kinsey reports have been famously wrong, both in their methodology and in their conclusions. Dealing only with the most notorious, the widely-quoted Kinsey figure that 10% of the American populace is homosexual, the authoritative 1993 Guttmacher study found that only 1.1% of males considered themselves exclusively homosexual, and only 2.8% had engaged in same-sex sex. Similarly, in France, England, and Canada, less than 1.5% of their male populations indicated that they were homosexual. The deficiencies and errors of the Kinsey reports have been dealt with at length by Dr. Judith Reisman in Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences.

The Bell-Kinsey "born" view of homosexual origin has never been without its critics, who believe that environmental factors in early childhood, not genetics, are the major causative agents which influence one toward homosexuality. As Dr. Jeffery Satinover stated in his 1996 book Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, "...a certain genetic constitution may make homosexuality more readily available as an option, but it is not a cause of homosexuality." Dr. Charles Socarides, in his 1995 book A Freedom Too Far,
stated of boys who develop a homosexual pattern: " ... Something went wrong in their childhood, some disturbance in the formation of their sexual identity. ... most homosexuals have been abused as infants, or in their early childhood. ... homosexuality is caused by two factors: 1)an early disturbance in sexual identity formation, and 2) some form of childhood sexual seduction."

Dr. Fred Berlin, founder of the Sexual Disorders Clinic at Baltimore's John Hopkins Hospital, has noted that a significant percentage of sex offenders were themselves molested as youths. This pattern of some sexually-abused boys going on to become sexual abusers themselves in a cycle beginning and ending in sexual seduction, has been observed and noted by many researchers . Dr. Socarides gives some typical examples: a ten-year old introduced to fellatio by his older brother and the brother's friend; a boy of eleven introduced to oral and anal sex when he shared a compartment with an uncle on an extended European rail trip; a ten-year old Boy Scout whose counselor would sit by the bed and stroke the boy's penis through the blanket. In each case, this started a life-long pattern of sexually compulsive behavior---oral sex with strangers in public restrooms and seduction of male adolescents. Earlier researchers such as Ollendorff in his Juvenile Homosexual Experience and its Effect on Adult Homosexuality, suggested that a male adolescent who shares his first orgasm with another male may be conditioned toward that orientation for the rest of his life; the effect of the seduction cannot be overemphasized. It was recently reported that about two-thirds of sexual-molester priests had themselves been the victims of sexual abuse when they were boys. The Rev. Stephen Rossetti, a psychologist and sex abuse consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and head of the St. Luke Institute, stated, "It's a vicious cycle."

One of my legal cases involved a middle-aged homosexual man who acted as a senior brother or father-figure to many young adolescent boys in the neighborhood. He would invite them over to talk sports, eat food, watch movies, and play games. His home was a regular meeting place for a group of boys for whom he provided what seemed a pleasant, comfortable, and secure environment, but was actually a haven for the same sexual seduction he had experienced as a young boy. In classic seduction technique, he would develop a position of trust in which the boys would try to please him, and the games turned to sex. I often wondered how many of those adolescents would themselves become sexual molesters in turn. Predatory homosexual priests have similarly targeted adolescents for seduction: boys who look up to them as safe and secure authority figures who can be relied upon to tell them what is right and proper to do, and who the boys will try to please. Happily, most boys who have a healthy family environment free of sexual abuse or sexual identity confusion do not fall into the cycle if they are molested.

Much has been written of late clarifying the distinction between those who are sexually attracted to and desire sexual relations with very young pre-pubescent children, and those who are attracted to older, near-pubescent children or adolescents. The former are properly called pedophiles, while the latter should be termed ephebophiles, even though in popular parlance the term pedophilia is used to cover all age groups. The distinction is important, because pedophilia is deemed an incurable mental illness---a sick condition having nothing to do with one's sexual orientation---whereas same-sex ephebophilia is seen as normative by a part of the homosexual community.

If, as the "conventional wisdom" asserts, homosexual orientation exists from birth, it then lies latent, waiting to be awakened at the proper moment. That is exactly the view of most gay activists. As Larry Kramer wrote in The Making of an AIDS Activist,"...where children do have sex with their homosexual elders...I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it." The homosexual magazine Guide, wrote in 1995, " Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children's sexuality...we must do it for the children's sake."

In the view of activists, it is a positive act of goodness to liberate the child's native homosexual orientation at the earliest age possible. To that end, sex education on homosexuality needs to be done at early grade levels and continued through the educational system to facilitate the emergence of the gay sexual identity. Therefore, in accord with this "conventional wisdom", children who are unsure of their orientation need to be encouraged to experiment, so that the true inborn state might be realized. If a child is prompted to think they might be gay, they are encouraged to be gay, and need to be instructed on the mechanics of gay sex. All children need to be encouraged to view homosexuality as a normative and even desirable state. Homosexual role models must be provided. Dissent is to be dismissed as "hate speech" or homophobia. The entire society needs to be sensitized to the normality and inevitability of inborn "gayness". Inevitably, children are seduced and recruited into homosexuality, in conformance with the "conventional wisdom" as promoted by the gay activist.

Steve Baldwin's new study, Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement, to be published in the Regent University Law Review, and reported by Jon Dougherty at WorldNetDaily.com, shows that homosexuals molest young boys at a rate vastly higher than heterosexuals molest young girls, even though the absolute number of heterosexual molestations are greater. This is the same conclusion of Dr. Satinover, who put the rate of child molestation as more than three times more common among homosexuals than heterosexuals, taking into account the fact that heterosexual males outnumber homosexual ones by roughly thirty-six to one. David Bresnahan at WND reported on the research of Dr. Judith Reisman and Dr. Eugene Abel which indicates a molestation rate of five to one for homosexuals compared to heterosexuals. Further, considering the number of youths molested per offender, the rate is seven to one for homosexuals compared to heterosexuals. Baldwin notes one study, Archives of Sexual Behavior, in which 86% of child abusers described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.

In short, child sexual abuse is far more common among homosexuals than heterosexuals, and the homosexual culture actively promotes sex with children, terming it "Male Intergenerational Intimacy." Baldwin notes that the Journal of Homosexuality had a recent special issue on this subject, with one article stating that parents should look upon the pedophilic man who "loves" their young son "not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy's upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home." This is certainly not to indict all homosexuals. Ephebophiles and pederasts are typical of only a segment of the gay community, but one cannot deny that the historical image of ancient Greece, where adult males took adolescent boys (ephebi) as lovers, plays a large role in the homosexual world-view. Many homosexuals have themselves been critical of this aspect of gay culture, in which organizations such as NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association) espouse pedophilia with their slogan "sex before eight or else it's too late".

While sex with prepubescent children is rejected by the larger public, the idea of homosexual adolescent seduction is seemingly not unpopular, if the hit stage attraction The Vagina Monologues is any guide. Therein, a girl of fourteen is seduced by an older woman, to whom the girl gives thanks. This is not liberation of an inborn sexual self as the play suggests, but rather is child sexual abuse; it is astonishing to me that audiences applaud it. That they do so is tribute to the power of the "born, not made" axiom, and the minimization of the role of sexual seduction in forming sexual identity and orientation.

That axiom has had a pernicious influence on development of sexual mores in this country in the twenty-one years since Alan Bell's study was published. Few could argue that its effect on our society has been desirable. It is truly a time for another evaluation.

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The Deadliest Sin is Pride

Pride was the first sin committed. It was the sin of Lucifer. It was also the root of the Original Sin committed by Adam and Eve. Pride is the greatest of sins because it is the summit of self-love and is directly opposed to submission to God. It is, therefore, the sin most hated by God, and the one He punishes most severely. The punishment of the Angels, of Adam and Eve, of Nabuchodonosor, related in the Book of Daniel (4:27-30), bear witness to this. Pride is likewise the greatest sin because it is the fountainhead of the self-love in which all other sins take root: “From pride all perdition took its beginning.” (Tob. 4:14). There is a species of pride in every sin, whatever may be the individual nature of the sin itself. Pride is the most dangerous of sins, because it blinds our understanding, and unless something finally makes us realize the truth, we are liable to go on, day after day, in a spiritual self-delusion, imagining our acts to be good and virtuous when certain habits actually may be vicious. When we are blinded by pride, we do not consider our talents and abilities as God’s gifts to us, but attribute our good qualities to ourselves, with the right to use them as we see fit. Everybody is infected with the virus of pride! But there is a particular kind of pride in each individual; at least a particular kind dominates, though there may be several of its viruses in the same character.

This pride determines our temperament or our type of character, or at least is intimately related to it. Searching into our type of pride is very important for obtaining a true knowledge of ourselves, and for making fruitful efforts to root out sin and vice from our life. If we are of a sanguine temperament, our pride takes the form of self-centeredness. We want to be the “hub of the wheel”; we want others to notice us. We are touchy and easily offended. Our pride goads us to seek fame, praise, admiration. We fall into vainglory. If we have a choleric temperament, our pride is manifested in a strong self-will. We find it hard to submit to others or to yield to their opinions. We are often overbearing, critical, given to arguing, inflated with a sense of superiority, inconsiderate of the rights of others. If we are melancholic, our pride conceals itself under the garb of self-pity and oversensitiveness. Resentment, harboring grudges, suspicion, and unexpressed hostility are included in it. Often this pride is not recognized for what it is because it conceals itself as such, so we do not confess it as pride. If we have a phlegmatic character, our pride inclines us to self-complacency and vanity. We are likely to be shocked by faults in others, but quite satisfied with our own selves. Pride of superiority makes us want to control the lives of others, to impose ourselves on them, to “domineer” over them. It makes our will rigid and unbending when others assert authority. It is a self-will and obstinacy that sets us against the will of God, opposes our neighbor and makes us inflexible in carrying out the dictates of our own self-love.

Anger, indignation, arrogance, the spirit of contradiction and haughtiness are some of its offspring. This pride is usually rooted in a strongly opinionated mind which makes us refuse to see the light of reason or the truth evidenced by principles of revealed Faith. This unwillingness actually fosters ignorance. It is the pride which keeps many from entering the Church, or returning to the practice of the Faith when they have fallen away. Closely connected with this kind of pride—or perhaps we should say another name for it—is the pride of independence. This leads us to disobedience and insubordination, to contempt and arrogant contradiction, to refusal of advice and assistance, to resentment of reproof by lawful authority, to blasphemy against God, bitter cursing, oaths and irreverences in word and act. Delusions in regard to our own defects, self-conceit, attributing to ourselves our good qualities of mind, of person or of fortune—rather than to God, reveal pride of intellect. Sins against Faith arise from this pride.

The pride of ambition leads us to seek positions or offices of honor and dignity by which we prefer ourselves to others, however worthy they may be. It makes us dream up schemes and projects, and undertake things through presumption, even when we are ignorant of how to go about them. Excessive confidence makes us overestimate our abilities. Immoderate desires, vainglory, the desire for praise, ostentation and the immoderate use of necessities of life in order to be more highly thought of, stem from this pride. It leads to flattery and hypocrisy.

We may have a pride of spiritual vanity, imagining ourselves to be perfect and our acts always virtuous or finding a thousand reasons to diminish their gravity or excuse our faults when we do acknowledge them. Our pride may dress itself in the guise of naturalism, in which case we practice no restraint in our behavior, no modesty in our language, no respect in our obedience; we are deceitful in our humility, caustic in our conversation, inveterate in our hatred, a foe to submission, greedy of power, desirous of supplanting others, indolent in action and work. We act through impulse and meddle in the affairs of others. We wish to know everything through unrestrained curiosity. We like to be always talking, even of what we do not understand. We may have a pride which makes us cynical. If so, we speak sarcastically and use cutting words. We ridicule others, scold and misjudge them.

Pharisaical pride leads us to boastfulness and to criticism of others. It makes us overtalkative; it leads to lies and contradictions; to esteeming high birth or social rank above virtue. Haughtiness of manner, disdaining to associate with those we believe to be inferior, arise from it. It manifests itself by a legalism in our actions, causing us to fulfill our duties without spirit, but with hypocrisy. Our pride may hide itself in sensitiveness, or self-pity. In this case we are over-anxious about what others think of us. We brood over imagined wrongs and do not easily forgive others.

Closely linked to this form of pride is the pride of timidity, which stems from unreasonable fear. It makes us fearful of others’ opinions, so that we cater to human respect. Under its impulse we fail to act when we should, because a groundless fear holds us in the bonds of a spiritual sloth that paralyzes our efforts and makes us incapable of determination, and so we let opportunities pass by unused.

The pride of scrupulosity fixes our attention on wrong things, so that we pay exclusive attention to what does not merit such attention, while we are unscrupulous in things which ought to concern us. Our pride may be centered on our wealth and prosperity, our station in life, our fine clothes, our wit, beauty or strength. It may even grow out of our piety and good morals, as indicated by some of the above groupings. Pride can ruin all the virtues and draw us into all kinds of disorders. The proud person is capable of any sin. “Pride goeth before destruction; and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.” (Prov. 16:18). Therefore it is most necessary in the spiritual life to fight this vice in whatever guise it presents itself. If we permit it to enter our heart, the germs of all the vices enter with it, and we soon find ourselves a slave of Satan. We must beware of being ensnared by it, for the end of the proud, unrepentant sinner, as revealed by God, is the everlasting fire of Hell, in company with the demons.

Remedies for Pride

The only way to get the better of pride is to practice humility. It may sound like a contradiction, but the humble man realizes that he is proud, and earnestly strives to overcome the manifestations of pride in his life. In striving for humility, we must always have before our eyes the example of Our Lord. We must keep in mind His promises in favor of the humble and the vengeance He reserves for the proud. We must cling to God and do His Will with all our soul. We must have recourse to prayer, again and again asking for this virtue. We must live in the presence of God, practice self-denial and the other Christian virtues, especially patience, forbearance, charity, meekness, submission, abandonment to God and conformity to His Will, sympathy, confidence in God, compunction for sin, modesty. We must not seek honors, but admit our nothingness and lack of virtue. We must be willing to accept humiliations and strive to seek God in all things.

Taken from The Seven Capital Sins by TAN Books & Publishers, Inc

 

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How Lazy can we be?!

Sometimes God uses animals in creation to reflect things about ourselves. For instance what behavior does the ant demonstrate? And the sloth? Let's watch a neat video on the sloth and pay close attention to how it move and behaves.

What kind of damage can sloth or laziness do to ones's life? 

 

 

 

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