sloth

Lost sabbaths and the sin of sloth

An intriguing phrase caught my attention while looking over the Mass readings for the fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B). The first reading comes from the end of 2 Chronicles, as it recaps the story of the Babylonian captivity and subsequent restoration of Jerusalem. It clearly teaches that God allowed the Israelites to be taken into captivity because of their […]

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 […]

What’s Holding You Back from a Deeper Faith

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia—Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced […]

Poverty, Sloth, and the Beatitudes

Photography © by Andy Coan

Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” is probably the most famous sermon of all time.  And the opening lines of that sermon are equally famous—for two thousand years they’ve been known as “the Beatitudes.” In nine short verses, Jesus lays out the character sketch of the spiritually successful person who is truly blest, fortunate, positioned to experience perfect happiness and the fullness […]

Don’t let this Sneaky Sin Keep You from the Party

Photography © by Andy Coan

At age 16, life was about rock ‘n roll. If my own band was not performing on Saturday night, I was out in the audience watching another band. It would have never occurred to me to spend my Saturday nights at a Catholic conference or retreat. True, no matter how late I was out, I’d never miss Sunday Mass. But […]

What’s Holding You Back from a Deepening Faith?

Praying the Rosary

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Fidelis

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

“Woe to me if I should prove myself but a halfhearted soldier in the service of my thorn-crowned Captain.” (St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Josemaría Escrivá

St. Josemaría Escrivá

“You drag along like a bag of sand. You don’t do your share. And so it’s not strange that you are beginning to feel the first symptoms of lukewarmness. Wake up!” (St. Josemaría Escrivá) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your family and friends about this article using both […]

The Sneakiest of the Seven Deadly Sins

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A) – Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10; At age 16, life was about rock ‘n roll.  If my own band was not performing on Saturday night, I was out in the audience, watching another band. It would have […]