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Tag: seven deadly sins

Don’t Believe Everything You Think. A Consideration of Distorted Thinking and the Spiritual Life

June 23, 2013 13 Comments
Don’t Believe Everything You Think. A Consideration of Distorted Thinking and the Spiritual Life

In my work as a spiritual director, and also in deliverance ministry, as well as in my own experience of growth, it is very clear that there are common patterns of distorted thinking that disrupt spiritual growth and cause distress and disorder. These cognitive distortions lead one to misinterpret, or to over interpret the data […]

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On Sloth and the Noonday Devil

June 9, 2013 20 Comments
On Sloth and the Noonday Devil

One of the more misunderstood of the deadly sins is sloth. In the wider culture sloth is often equated simply with laziness. But sloth has a lot more subtleties than simple laziness. In fact, sloth can sometimes manifest as workaholism and other frantic worldly activities and busyness. This is because sloth is most fundamentally defined […]

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A Reflection on the Passion of Anger and the "Miserable Truce" of the Modern Age

May 28, 2013 38 Comments

We live in a culture that tends to treat anger as a taboo. One common tactic to unsettle an opponent is to accuse them of being angry. It is amazing how easily humiliated and defensive one can make an opponent by using this tactic. Yes, it is amazing how quickly the one accused of “anger” […]

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Envy is THE Diabolical Sin

January 30, 2012 44 Comments

A short while back we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath the women sang a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but he is resentful and envies David as he hears the song: Saul was very angry and resentful of […]

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