Seven Deadly Sins

Practical Ideas for Spiritual Growth

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

What Life’s All About When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them sanctifying grace, that is, they were able to partake in the Divine Nature—they had a share of the Divine Life in their souls. They had no right to this grace; it was freely given them by God. They also were granted what is referred to as the […]

The King’s Wedding Feast—Invitation Declined

"Table of Mortal Sins - Acedia" (detail) by Hieronymus Bosch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why would people decline a royal invitation to a wedding feast fit for a king?  This parable of Jesus describes a situation we see around us everyday—pervasive apathy in the face of the offer of salvation and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The cause?  A sneaky but deadly sin called sloth. Reflection on the Mass readings for the […]

Daily Reflection — Do you believe in Angels?

"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Cortona

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) The culture in which we […]

Are all sexual thoughts sinful?

Dear Dan, I am struggling with sexual thoughts and am wondering about the teachings of the Church. Are all sexual sins mortal and does thinking of sex without arousal a mortal sin? When does the thought become mortal; is it when we don’t control it or is it always mortal? What exactly is lust and what are the church’s teaching on […]