Monday, January 24, 2011

The Black and White Sin

I have had this reflection on my heart for some time, which is why I haven’t written here in a month. It is about the addiction to the small sins that happen in our daily lives. White lies, gossip, and anger make up part of what pierced Our Lord at Calvary.

“We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the Spirit of God.” St. Vincent de Paul

Part One:

Addiction is a crippling, demoralizing slope that shatters the true beauty of the heart of man. Drug addiction, anger addiction, sexual deviance and self-idolatry are sicknesses of poor souls that Christ longs to embrace in his ever forgiving arms.

These addictions may begin with small lies or outlets for stressful experiences. But they affect not only the physical mind and body, but the very real and very present spirit of the soul within. You may ask yourself, ‘What leads a man to become so wretched?’ You may think of these addictions as the worst of the worst.

But that is a lie also, because the devil is always trying to trap you into a sense of security and relativistic ‘self-talk’ that logically provides a path to greater sin.

Consider the slippery slope of sin. While the addictions mentioned are sinful and have components of sin spun throughout, the beginning of the fall into the addiction always starts with a choice made from an ill-formed or well-formed conscience. Even then, it is a battle against the dark forces in this world.

Many people claim to have no idea what is wrong with their lives and why things don’t always go their way. It becomes plain in conversation with them that they have made certain choices. I will be the first to say I have made poor choices. It is the next and the next and the next choice that continues to spiral further along what road you choose.

But know, sin is always a lie of something good twisted before us.

To be continued.