#48: Gluttony (Deadly Sin Series 5 of 7)

Today’s episode on gluttony is the fifth in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.

 

Saint Quote of the Week

“As long as the vice of gluttony has a hold on a man, all that he has done valiantly is forfeited by him: and as long as the belly is unrestrained, all virtue comes to naught.” – Pope St. Gregory the Great

 

Recommended Reading

Temperance and the Art of Eating by Edward Sri

The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin

Dark Night of the Soul by St. John of the Cross

Summa II-II, Q. 148 (Gluttony)

 

Challenge of the Week

Fast on bread and water for one whole day.  Make sure that your fasting is accompanied by prayer.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. When do you think someone has crossed the line into gluttony when it comes to eating and drinking?
2. Do you think that monitoring the types of foods you eat (avoiding junk food and eating healthy wholesome food) will help to prevent over-eating?
3. Have you ever experienced “spiritual gluttony”?  What temptations do you have toward spiritual gluttony?

 

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#47: Envy (Deadly Sin Series 4 of 7)

Today’s episode on envy is the fourth in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.

Saint Quotes of the Week

“For many weep with them that weep, but still do not rejoice with them that rejoice, but are in tears when others rejoice; now this comes of grudging and envy.” – St. John Chrysostom

“Thenceforth envy rages on the earth, in that he who is about to perish by jealousy obeys the author of his ruin, imitating the devil in his jealousy; as it is written, “But through envy of the devil death entered into the world.” Therefore they who are on his side imitate him.” – St. Cyprian

“Envy not the great ones of this world then riches, honors, dignities, or applause given them by men; but envy rather those who most love Jesus Christ, who undoubtedly enjoy greater happiness than the first monarchs of the earth. Return thanks to the Lord for enlightening you to discover the vanity of all wordly things, for the sake of which so many unhappily perish.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

Recommended Reading

Centesimus Annus by Pope St. John Paul II

G.K. Chesterton – The Seven Deadly Sins by Dale Ahlquist

Summa II-II, Q. 36 (Envy)

 

Challenge of the Week

Train yourself against envy by getting in the habit of verbally congratulating others.  Make an effort to congratulate someone this week.  This could be a family member, friend or co-worker.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. When do you find yourself being the most envious?
2. In addition to envying the material possessions of others, do you ever envy someone’s spiritual possessions?
3. If you have kids, do you notice them being envious of other kids?  What can we do as parents to teach our kids not to be envious of others?

 

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Word of God

I had a recent reflection on the term “word of God”. We refer to Jesus (second person of the trinity) as the word of God. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God, etc.” -John 1.

Although Jesus had two wills (divine and human), his human will was not swallowed up by his divinity (poor Pope Honorius received a harsh condemnation in Third Constantinople for not standing up against this which is a topic for another time). With that said, his human will co-existed with his divine will and was in perfect harmony with his divine will. His human will never contradicted his divine will, but it was still necessary to have that human will (just like his human body and soul) so that he was fully “human” in order to redeem us.

Likewise, we use the phrase “word of God” to also refer to scripture, which has a parallel notion of humanity and divinity co-existing. The humanity of the human authors (their writing style, culture, etc.) was not swallowed up (or absorbed) by the divine message from God, but co-existed with the divine word without contradicting it. Just as the human nature was necessary in Jesus to redeem us, the humanity of the human authors of scripture was necessary to put the divine “word of God” into human form using human phrases that we can understand and relate to.

Jesus lowered himself and took on human form (Phillippians 2) in the same way that God lowered his perfect and complete intellect to speak to us in a way that we can understand through scripture.

Happy Trinity Sunday and God bless you all!

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#46: Recognizing When You Need Prayer (minicast)

Kevin is flying solo on this minicast.  Our series on the deadly sins will continue with the next episode.

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#45: Lust (Deadly Sin Series 3 of 7)

Today’s episode on lust is the third in a seven part series on the seven deadly sins.

Saint Quote of the Week

“There is no dignity when the human dimension is eliminated from the person. In short, the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little.” – Pope St. John Paul II

 

Recommended Reading

Angelic Warfare Confraternity
(The Angelic Warfare Confraternity was discussed in a previous minicast. CLICK HERE)

Covenant Eyes
Reclaim Sexual Health
Jason Evert YouTube series on Chastity
Matt Fradd: 10 Myths About Pornography

Summa II-II, Q. 46, A. 3 (Whether folly is a daughter of lust)
Summa II-II, Q. 53, A. 6 (Whether the aforesaid vices arise from lust)
Summa II-II, Q. 153 (Lust)
Summa II-II, Q. 154 (The parts of Lust)

 

Challenge of the Week

If you are single, pray for your future spouse (be it a person or the Church for religious life). If you are married, talk to your spouse about your vows and if you are both living up to them. Discuss how you can live out your vows more.

 

Dinner Table Questions

1. Are there areas of your life (TV shows you watch, magazines you read, etc.) that often lead to sexual temptation? Do you think you would be better off eliminating those items from your life?
2. Do you monitor the internet activity in your household? Do you think a program like Covenant Eyes would help protect your family?
3. What other steps can we take to protect our youth from sexual sin?

 

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