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Forgiveness

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Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Hatred

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

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Bigotry

Hatred is a sin that kills the heart. It destroys innocence. It is un-Christian simply because as Christians we are all called to be Christ-like. Christ does not hate anyone, but He loves us all.

Jesus mentions in both the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, that we are called to love as He does. When Jesus is asked which of all the Commandments is the greatest, we read in Matthew:

Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. Matthew 22:36-39

Similarly,we read in Mark:

And there came one of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all. And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:28-31

Jesus makes it crystal clear. We are to love one another as He has loved us. We are to love our enemies and pray for them!

Jesus Christ Eucharist

Hate is the absence of love. And the absence of love is the absence of Christ. And the absence of Christ is the complete removal and disconnect from the state of grace.

There are people who upset us and the devil uses this as opportunities to tempt us into giving into hatred. Being upset with someone is not the same as hating them. Being upset with someone is a perfectly normal reaction, especially when someone does something sinful and should know better.

Bigotry is a sin because you hate someone for something that they are. What makes bigotry worse than hatred is that it is hatred specifically because of something that they are.

It is never right to hate anybody. No matter what they have done. If you are going to hate anything, hate sin. Hate sin so much that you avoid it any time it rears its ugly head. Sin destroys everything and ruins your relationship with God. Sin makes us worthy of that eternal punishment below.

If you are struggling with anger, take it to confession. God hates your sin, but He doesn’t hate you. Likewise, hate sin and not each other. The same way that Christ forgives your sin in the confessional, forgive others what they have done to you. Make amends, talk with them and depending on the situation, continue having them in your lives. If this is not a possibility and having them in your life continues pain and anger, keep them away until you have healed.

Love one another as Christ loves you. Forgive others of their trespasses, as God forgives you of your trespasses.

Jeff June 13, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

The Unforgivable Sin

Jesus Christ tells us that there is only one sin that you can commit that God can not forgive. That sin, would be blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. But, don’t take my word for it, take Jesus’:

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore, I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12:30-32.

And…

“Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemies against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” Mark 3:28-29.

I know what you’re thinking, Jesus came to:

Here’s where it gets interesting. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when we choose not to ask for forgiveness. Simple, that’s the unforgivable sin, not being sorry for our sins.

Jesus did come to forgive all sins, but, you have to want to be forgiven, you have to ask Jesus to forgive you.  You have to say you are sorry. You need to go to confession! That is why Jesus instituted it in John 21:22-23.

What if you aren’t sorry? Has there been a time where you have committed a sin that you aren’t sorry for? I’d imagine the answer is yes, as we all sometimes do something we aren’t sorry for. But, are you sorry for not being sorry? This can be forgiven. You would confess that you 1. Did X, 2. Are not sorry for it and want to be sorry, and wah lah. Forgiven!

A common theme of mine is confession, in case you haven’t noticed. That is because it is an important aspect of the Catholic faith. You need confession if you want to make it to Heaven. We are obligated as Catholics to go at minimum once a year. Confess all of your sins. If you haven’t gone in a while, tell Father, and he will walk you through it. On top of that, Father can’t tell anybody your sins. Its called the “Seal of the Confessional”. Even if the police come knocking on Father’s door after you have left, he can not say a word, otherwise, he is stripped of his priestly functions. Its kind of a big deal.

I want everyone to have the ability to make it to Heaven, and only Jesus Christ can allow you entrance. Ideally, I also want you to choose to go to Heaven as it is a choice to go there. Hopefully you want to go to Heaven and are constantly challenging yourself to become a better person.

Jesus instituted the Catholic Church upon Saint Peter. Jesus tells us that there is no way to the Father but through Him. Either Jesus is a liar, Jesus is loony, or Jesus is telling us the truth. Since the first two options make no sense, than the third option is the most plausible.

Pray for all of your friends, family, co-workers and well, everybody that you know. On top of that, preach the Gospel to them.

Jeff June 13, 2013 5 Comments Permalink

Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o and Forgiveness

Wow, what a week in the news for sports! First, it turns out that Lance Armstrong was using sports enhancing drugs after denying it for many years. Then, we find out that Manti Te’o was lying about his girlfriend that he had been dating who had died from cancer last year, but then Notre Dame tells us that no, Manti Te’o was actually the victim and had no clue, but then we find out that it sounds like he had already known he wasn’t a victim.

Alright, so, now you’re probably wondering what these two guys have to do with forgiveness. If so, you’re in luck, because I’m going to tell you. If not, well, I’ll tell you anyways (but don’t tell anyone, it can be our little secret).

Many people are arguing that Lance Armstrong is only apologizing because he got caught. I argue that this is probably right. But, let’s look at it from another point of view, shall we? Those who are dying or have what the skeptics call “death bed conversions”, are those people only repenting because the end is near? Well, again, quite possibly. And here in is where our two stories collide.

In both cases, there is the desire for forgiveness. In one case its because the individual was caught, and the other case the individual is dying. In both cases, we can argue that when our sins come to light, and we are faced with the truth that we have been exposed, that then we are in need of forgiveness.

So, to state this simply. Sometimes, we are so caught up in our sin and in our pride, that we need to be publicly shamed and exposed in our sin, in order to realize the gravity of our moral decline so that we may seek God’s mercy, love and forgiveness. This, sadly, is the danger of sin, especially mortal sin. We get so caught up and wrapped up in the falsity of the lie that we are living and need shame and a swift kick in the ego to wake up and go “yeah, I guess that is wrong…sorry…”.

Just like the man on his death bed (who realizes that now that his end is nigh, that he is a poor sinner, in need of God’s love and mercy and was a fool for not understanding this sooner) confesses and returns to the state of grace for his last moments on Earth, we are all in need of God’s love and mercy. Some of us realize it sooner than others, but what is the different between those who confess sooner than later in life? God desires us all in Heaven, and Jesus died for all (those who want it) to have the opportunity to get there.

Okay, so we covered Lance Armstrong and the man who converts on his death bed, so where does  Manti Te’o fit into all of this?

This one is a weird one, since there are three options:
1. He really had no clue about it. (Unlikely, but still possible).
2. He knew about it and continued the lie.
3. A little of 1 and 2.

If (we have option 1)
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Else
 He continued the lie for celebrity gain. He had an awesome season and dedicated his season “in her honor”. Its argued he didn’t need to do that in order to have a great season, as he was already doing well. But, still, now that its out in the open, and the shame is coming on, maybe that is what will drive him to interior conversion to seek God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. After all, Notre Dame is a Catholic college!

As Catholics, we believe in the Sacrament of Reconciliation  and we believe that when we confess all of our sins, we will be forgiven. So, we are thus required to believe that these two men (three if you count the convert on his (or her) deathbed) are able to fully repent and to receive God’s forgiveness. We can not pick and choose who will receive it and who will not. We are not called to judge, unless we want to be judged.

What’s the moral of the story? Forgive them and move on, don’t give them any more attention than that.

Jeff January 29, 2013 2 Comments Permalink

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