The Fun Of Sinning
THREE news items caught my attention this
week. One came from an address which
Annan, the secretary general of the
Nations, gave during the first AIDS
in memory of Princess Diana. Every
stated, seven thousand persons between
ages of 10-24 become HIV-positive.
day! This is virtually five youth every
"This is a threat for a whole
and for the whole of civilization,"
Kofi Annan said. In 1998, new cases
registered in all countries. The most
situation is in Africa where, every
close to 1.7 million youths contract
virus. Asia and the Pacific Islands
far behind - 700,000 youths A YEAR
The other news item came from Chile.
"Population Research Institute"
is distributing a 1968 Disney video
Donald Duck in order to encourage the
of contraception. In the video, Donald
that the world is heavily overpopulated,
but that science provides the solution
in the form of contraception. Of course,
experts today reject the theory of
But still the video is being sold in
of other pro-contraceptive videos.
Philippines, one of the former Spice
had been appointed ambassador of a
Nations financed-project to propagate
The rich countries are afraid that
countries may overrun them with too
The last news came from Nebraska. Gloria
Feldt, the president of Planned Parenthood,
the group which holds the highest number
of abortion clinics in the US - abortion
pays - announced its decision to double
capital to be invested in the election
of next year to assure the victory
who favor abortion to the senate. It
allot more than 2.4 million dollars
purpose. A lot of money!
This news contrasts sharply with what
Paul II is saying constantly. In a
and sincere speech to the Bishops from
this week, the Pope spoke about the
to recover the sense of sin. The Holy
stressed how relativism "can lead
discouragement and to the belief that
Church no longer has anything of relevance
to say to the men and women of our
"Prevailing trends in contemporary
weaken the sense of sin, particularly
of a diminished consciousness of God
is all holy and calls his people to
of life. A great pastoral effort is
required in order to help the faithful
recover the sense of what sin is in
to God, and consequently to have a
appreciation of the beauty and joy
Sacrament of Penance."
A man once told Mark Twain that his
ambition was to visit Mount Sinai where
gave the ten commandments to Moses.
Twain relied : Why don't you stay at
and keep the Ten Commandments?!
The problem really is that everyone
that sin is fun. That is why we do
religious people feel kind of cheated
of the real life. In a sermon on "sin,"
the pastor announced that there were
hundred eighty-nine different sins.
days later the mailman delivered ninety-four
requests from members of his congregation
for a list of the 789 sins.
The fun of being virtuous is never
as appealing as the fun of sinning!
is sad. Very sad. We live in a society
portrays sin as something nice and
Exciting. Sin attracts us. Consciously
Satan Is A Vicious Bully
The Scripture, on the contrary, is
in its perception of sin. It tell us
clearly - sin kills. Sin is a spiritual
'Spiritual' does not mean less real.
contrary it means more definite. More
Sin destroys our deep moral fiber.
ourselves feeble and hopeless. Unable
cope with life and its struggles. In
hands of a vicious slave master who
us to do what he wills. Have a look
letter of Saint Paul to the Romans,
7. He is such a cruel thug!
There is a passage in Dickens' "Pickwick
Papers" which is a good description
of life. Pickwick goes to the club.
a cab and on the way he asks innumerable
questions. Among the questions he says
me, how is it possible that such a
miserable horse can drive such a big
heavy cab?' The cabbie replies 'It's
a question of the horse, Sir, it's
of the wheels', and Mr. Pickwick says
do you mean?' The cabbie answers 'You
we have a magnificent pair of wheels
are so well oiled that it is enough
horse to stir a little for the wheels
begin to turn and then the poor horse
run for its life.'
This is the way in which we live most
the time. We are not the horse that
we are the horse that runs away from
cab in fear of its life."
Because of fear we keep sinning. The
always comes over and offers us a simple
solution to our problem. An easy way
Want some fun? Go with a girl and do
Feeling down? Gratify yourself - internet,
movie, magazine, alcohol, ice. Too
having children? Contraceptives, tubal
Low on money? Be smart, cheat, steal
can. Life is miserable? Murmur, curse.
in marriage? Divorce. Afraid of commitment?
Shack up - why should you go through
this stuff of marriage?
The problem is that he is a liar. He
His solution is always lethal. Gratification
increases your depression. Contraceptives
empties intimacy. Divorce creates big
to everyone involved. Living with a
without being married only increases
and instability. Sin always produces
It is as simple as that.
You do not believe? Try and see for
The Eagle And The Wolf
Only one solution. As someone puts
graphically. There is a great battle
rages inside me. One side is a soaring
Everything the eagle stands for is
true and beautiful. It soars above
Even though it dips down into the valleys,
it lays its eggs on the mountain tops.
The other side of me is a howling wolf.
that raging, howling wolf represents
worst that is in me. He eats upon my
and justifies himself by his presence
Who wins this great battle? The one
BUT even the howling wolf inside us
ultimately defeated. Perhaps you too
yourself today in a place you shouldn't
Perhaps you are far from God, feeling
trapped, and unhappy.
Cry out to the Lord, confess your sin,
you will be restored. When I was a
girl, Catherine Doherty says, my mother
"Catherine, it's time for you
to confession and be kissed by Jesus."
In a certain sense, this is what confession
is. A kiss. His lips touch ours, and
and flame enter our hearts and cleanse
Yes, confession is Christ's kiss of
of forgiveness. It's a simple thing,
complicated. Try it!
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