concupiscence

Temptation is Good for Us

"King David in Prayer (detail)" by Pieter de Grebber

I used to be a full fledged alcoholic. At the time I was actually proud of it. I gave in to every temptation to get drunk without putting up any kind of fight. However, when I began to understand that there were detrimental effects to my drinking, my falls to temptation became a source of despair. After fully converting to […]

The Fight against Concupiscence

Confessionals

In the first reading today at daily Mass, Paul reminds us of that pesky thing we call concupiscence.  While baptism both forgives original sin and personal sins and removes the eternal consequences for those sins, we are left with certain temporal consequences of sin.  These include suffering and death, along with “frailties inherent in life as weaknesses of character, and […]

The Week of “In-betweenness” and the Kingdom of God

There always seems to be a feeling of “in-betweenness” during the last week of Ordinary Time.  We have just celebrated the great feast of Christ the King, which also signals the end of the liturgical year.  After the great feast we have the Thirty-fourth Week of Ordinary Time, but we’re awaiting the first Sunday of Advent.  In some ways, it feels […]