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A Closer Look At The Deadly Seven — Gluttony

Yes!  We’ve made it to the last one.  Amen!  Honestly, I feel sorry for my family who had to deal with me all these weeks and my conversations.   If you’re new here, and want to see what else was written in the series, please click here. *** Just one last slice of cake, I promise, and I won’t eat it again.   Do you want those fries? All you can eat chocolate?  I’m in! (not kidding, all things I know I’ve said before, and I suspect that I’m not alone)     What is Gluttony?   Gluttony can be defined as: disordered appetite — to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste. (source) Okay, who can’t get that scene out of their minds from Seven when the man was tied and forced to eat more than he could.  Ultimately, his stomach couldn’t handle all the food and burst?  I’ll give you a moment to for it to just try to remember the details of that movie. We usually define gluttony as the definition stated above and what we usually see in the movie.  After all, the movie was able to portray the extreme of the vice,  but, there is more to gluttony than just over eating. Gluttony can also be described as being too picky.  Yes too picky!  Being too attached to a certain kind of food, and in that attachment, we end up making everyone else miserable (or go out of their way) by refusing to eat anything other than exactly what we wanted....

The Deadly Seven – Greed

I think Biggie Smalls said it best, ” Mo Money, mo’ problems.”  This week we are going to take a closer look at Greed.  Welcome to my series of the Deadly Seven.  If you are new here, you can click here to get a list of all the ones we’ve covered so far. *** Gimme, gimme, gimme.  The words that parents do not like to hear.  In fact, I’m sure that some of us even said that to ourselves when we see something that we feel that we must have.     We can define Greed as the following: also known as avarice, cupidity, or covetousness, is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one’s self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort. It is applied to a markedly high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. (source)   Just A Little More   Did you know that those of us who are moderately well off (have a decent paying job) and those who are very well off, always compare themselves with people are further along in life than they are?  This means: instead of being happy with one television, and a car, we compare our lives with people who have two cars, and two televisions, and bigger houses.   Unfortunately, we equate happiness with lifestyles. Ultimately, with Greed, we are looking for temporary things (money, possessions etc.) to make us happy.  We are looking for satisfaction in the things that surround us, when ultimately, they end up leaving us wanting more.   The Vices of Greed...

The Deadly Seven — Sloth

Ahh, number 5, and I’m feeling quite lazy already.  Okay, buck up, only have this one and two more to go (my mini pep talk). Greetings, if you’re new to this series, welcome, you can check out all the post regarding this topic here. *** Sloth has always been portrayed as the lazy person.  veggin’ out on the couch, eating chips, and the room is a complete mess, shoo, they are a complete mess!  But there’s more to it than that.   What is Sloth? Sloth: reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness. The many sins of sloth are: apathy, idleness, indifferent, wasting time, cowardice, irresponsibility, workaholism, and many sins of omission, including the failure to observe the Lord’s day and other neglected duties.  Stress over the prospect what it means to embrace the faith completely.   Problems of the Workaholic   Sloth is not a sin against the clock.  In fact, we as Americans are pretty good about our work ethic.  We wake up early, some of us refuse to be completely off during vacations (I was one of them), we have always been busy for the sake of being busy.  But that is the problem. With the capital sin of Sloth, it’s not a sin against time, but against God.  John Paul II wrote, ” the heart of the tragedy being experienced by modern man: the eclipse of the sense of God and of man.” We are moving into (or have already moved) to a place where people already feel they are above God.  Some have even defined faith on their own terms. John Paul II explains that when we...

The Deadly Seven — Envy

Three weeks and going strong!  If this is your first time here, welcome to the series.  You can catch up on the rest of the series by starting at the introduction found here. I seemed to be somewhat obsessed with this, because I also wrote about Envy here as well.  For some, it may seem like I already covered this, but there will be some new elements to this. Defining Envy   Envy is defined as: (1)The immoderate desire to acquire good that belong to others for oneself; even unjustly. (2) A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.  While I have discussed envy before, and you can check out my post, The Problem With Envy, this sin does have two sides of its coin.   Two Sides of Envy   Saddness.  A person can be sad at seeming the good fortune and blessing of another.  This feeling of sadness usually makes a person uncomfortable, but it’s there.  In this cause instead of just accepting that good things are at work for the other person, we try to make up excuses why we don’t have these things in our lives. Pleasure or Joy at their downfall.  This..this is where a lot of people fall into.  Some take great pleasure at seeing other people fail.  Some start to feel a confidence boost when they find out that things didn’t exactly go the way the other person was planning.     Getting Into The Fighting Mode   So how can we stop the feelings of envy-or at least stop it in it’s tracks?  The...

The Deadly Seven – Pride

We are going to start this series with the mother of all the Deadly Sins–Pride.  Why would we consider pride as the mother of all?  Well it is pride that usually leads us down the slippery slope of all the other vices. When I first thought of pride, I always would think of someone who was full of themselves. The image that conjured in my mind was of a person who head was up, nose in the air, and they thought highly of themselves. In the movie Seven, they depicted pride as the woman who had to choose between calling for help (after her nose was cut off) or taking her life. As you can guess, she took her own life with sleeping pills.    What Is Pride?   pride noun \ˈprīde : a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people : a feeling that you are more important or better than other people : a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc. Now, there isn’t anything wrong with liking yourself. After all, it should start with the self right?  Pride is inordinate self-love.   In other words: your reality becomes skewed and shifted.  You start to believe that you are the source of the greatness that you have. This then leads to you thinking that you’re actually greater or important than you actually are.  Here are the sins of pride: Vanity narcissism Failure to give credit to others An excessive of self-love Exaggerated sense of self. Pride is wanting to be above...

A Closer Look At The Deadly Seven – Introduction

Do you remember when the movie Seven came out?  I think I was still in junior high, but I was drawn to this movie and watched it several times (yes even at that young age).  To think and to learn that there are seven vices that are usually the root to all sin (or evil doing) in this world, and we knew about them all along.  A new mini series that I will be starting on my blog is a deeper look at the Seven Deadly Sins, and I’m going to share them with you in a different way.  The movie Seven showed us the most common themes associated with these sins, but what if I told you there are other kinds of vices that goes with each sin? The past few weeks I have been offline doing a ton of reading, and found this journey pretty humbling.  Like any good student, I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the information I have learned. In case you don’t remember, the seven deadly sins are the following: Pride Anger Envy Lust Avarice (also known as Greed) Gluttony Sloth Before I begin this series next week, I want to share that while this series is taking a deeper look into these vices, we will also expand our minds and grow.  The point of sharing this different point of view about these Seven, is to offer a different perspective so that we can all become better people, and understand where our weakness are, and how we can try to overcome them.  This reminds me of the verse:   From everyone who has been given much,...

Sunday Prayer For Ebola Victims

I’m sure that you have heard about what is going on in the world. Whole communities are being changed as loved ones are falling ill and dying to the deadly virus of Ebola. A few days ago, we learned that a man who recently traveled to that area of the world went to emergency room seeking help. He is now receiving care and they are closely monitoring his progress as well as everyone who he came in contact with. My mind cannot help but think about families being torn apart and communities decimated by this virus. My heart is grieving for the children who are sick and dying of this virus while they don’t understand what is happening.  For every parent to bury a child.  For every motherless baby.  My heart bleeds. I ask that all of you join me in prayer. Prayer   Dear Heavenly Father, Today we offer this prayer up for those who are sick and dying. Every day, we uncover the horrors of the Ebola virus, and the damage it is doing to countries beyond us. We know that we are not isolated in the world, and what is happening there, can happen here. For all those who will not make it past this night, we pray for their souls to find peace. For all those who are newly diagnosed, we pray they will recover if it is according to Your will. For the workers on the front lines, and taking care of the ill, we ask for their protection. All things are possible through you. If it is your will, please help man find a...

Where Are You?

Let’s think about this situation for a moment…. Your child is playing with another child at the playground. Both children seem to disagree over something, and you SEE your child push the other child down. Or how about this…. You are cooking dinner and tell your children that there will be no cookies until after dinner. You know that there were 12 cookies, and when your children thought you weren’t looking, they take one. Question for you: would you go to your children and tell them what they did? Or would you ask them: Where did the cookies go? Knowing myself I would ask first, even though I saw and know.   I used to dread going to confession. To have to kneel (or sit) in front of the priest and explain and tell them everything that I did wrong (or been distracted from God) is a very humbling experience. Seriously, who likes to admit when they do anything wrong? Isn’t that why we have no fault insurance? Isn’t that why we are in a no fault culture? I didn’t understand before the beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation but looking at it from a simpler position I completely appreciate it. When our children do something that is against what we teach them (assuming we are teaching them right from wrong), we usually ask them: What happened? What did they do? We do this even if we saw what happened, and already know what happened. But we are looking for them to confess And be honest with us. In this case we are looking for them to accept what they...

Reflections: Mourning

This week has been a somber week for me.  Thursday, we remembered the victims of September 11, 2001.  Most of us remember who we were with, and where we were at the time of the attack.  For me, I’m always taken back “there” emotionally.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since the attack. What makes this week somber for my family, is that 6 years later–after the attack on the twin towers–my father passed away.  That would be today,  September 14th. I would be lying if I said that time had passed and I’m no longer affected by it–but that would be a lie.  I am reminded of my father’s presence and his gifts everyday that I wake up, and every night that I lay my head down. Just like the Church has a calendar of events: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost…, we too have a calendar of life.  We remember when our children were born.  We celebrated their first tooth erupting, and we cry when they lose their baby teeth–a symbol of growing older. Life consists of celebration, anticipation, mourning, and loss.  Through our calendar we add new things to the list, and remove things that no longer “apply.”   A Lesson from Grief  Grief is one feeling that we don’t like to talk much about.  We don’t like to talk about how it makes us feel, and we certainly don’t want to talk to someone who is grieving.  In our “polite” society, it’s just not done! But grief is an important feeling that we should ever over look.  Mourning, and crying, is like the...

Lord, Grant Me Your Grace

  In our lives, we all have someone who we either walked away from, or who walked away from us.  Maybe our beliefs were different, or maybe because we have grown in a different direction. Which ever it is, we neither communicate or see each other anymore. This reminds me of loved ones that I have had to pleasure to know growing up (who have long since passed) or people who I grew up with who went a different way from me.  I’m especially thinking about those who have lost their faith due to trials of their lives. Some turned away because the cross they bear is too heavy for them, or they fear the loss of love by the one who they are with, so they let go of the only true love that they will ever know. For those facing hardships of life — I want to tell them we are never alone through the trials and hardships of this life.  That while we don’t see it, we are always supported by Jesus, and His love.  He would never give us more than what we can take.  Yes it’s hard, believe me, I have my own trials I have, currently, and will go through, but during these trials, we should strengthen our bond to our Lord, not weaken it. For those turning their backs on (knowing and unknowingly) their faith — Our flesh is weak.  If we go by everything that we want, we know we will never be satisfied.  Some fear loneliness, and the comfort of another’s arms, but that is not the love that God wants for us.  Love...
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