049: The 7 Deadly Sins & How To Crush Them

Featuring Dr. Kevin Vost

catholic_FINAL_150They are the most infamous of sins. Why? Because they will knock you down, beat you up, and kick you to the curb.

To put it bluntly, they can send you to hell.

Thankfully, there are remedies for fighting these 7 Deadly Sins (aka the 7 Capital sins…perhaps due to their abundance in Washington D.C.) And in today’s program, we’re going to discuss the problems and solutions both.

My guest is Dr. Kevin Vost who has written on this very topic. His book titled The Seven Deadly Sins: A Thomistic Guide to Vanquishing Vice and Sin is a perfect introduction to this vital topic. In this episode we’ll:Bartolomeo_Manfredi_-_Cain_Kills_Abel,_c._1600,_Kunsthistorisches_Museum_(Vienna)

  • Learn the history of the development of the list of the 7 Deadly Sins
  • Identify what moral theologians call the “daughters” of these deadly sins
  • Discover how there’s an actual pattern of relationship between sins…how one almost necessarily leads to another
  • Learn the difference between sin and vice (they’re not the same)
  • Identify the virtues that overcome vice and help us move toward God

This is a topic that is absolutely necessary to your spiritual growth. You’ve got to know your enemy so you can actually fight them.

Matthew

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048: How Almsgiving Can Save Your Life…Now and Later

catholic_FINAL_150Fasting? Powerful.

Prayer? Absolutely necessary.

Almsgiving? Can save you from death!

In our last episode, we discovered the revolution that occurred in the Old Testament with regard to handling the consequences of sin. We saw how it evolved from something we had to wait and endure, to something akin to a debt we could “pay down” proactively.

In other words, we discovered you can actually shave time off of purgatory through almsgiving. It was pretty huge.

Now we’re going to take it one step further.

In today’s program we’re going to unpack the incredible meaning behind a simple little verse in Proverbs: “The treasuries of wickedness provide no benefit, but almsgiving delivers from death” (10:2). 

That’s a pretty amazing sentence. And it’s not hyperbole. It’s not exaggeration. It’s the truth…and we’ll see it in Scripture.

In this powerful episode we’ll:peter-raises-tabitha-from-the-dead

  • Discover the little discussed details in the story of the raising of Tabitha from the dead and how they’re all related to almsgiving
  • Understand why almsgiving before all else is a cry for mercy
  • Discuss the rationale for how almsgiving can help not just ourselves, but our beloved deceased
  • Compare the difference between almsgiving and indulgences
  • Get a new perspective on the Our Father and discover why St. Augustine declared that forgiving others is a powerful form of almsgiving

It’s a pretty powerful episode that will reorder the way you think about how to help your beloved deceased, as well as best prepare for your own departure from this world into the eternal bliss of heaven.

God bless!

Matthew

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047: The Secret Back Door Out of Purgatory Nobody Talks About

catholic_FINAL_150If I was to ask you the quickest way out of purgatory, or even perhaps the quickest way into heaven, what would you say? “Be a saint.” Good.

But what should we do when we fall short? What about when we sin?

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“Get to confession,” you reply. Excellent. But then what? Is there a way to make up for what we’ve done? A way to remedy the damage that we’ve caused the Body of Christ now, so that we don’t suffer later?

Absolutely. It’s almsgiving.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you to start giving alms. I’m going to tell you why you’re nuts if you don’t. Trust me. You want to hear this. Because we’re going to:

  • Discuss why you want to spend as little time in purgatory as possible
  • (hint: it hurts…a lot!)
  • Show how Scripture describes sin in terms of a debt to be paid
  • Demonstrate the incredible revolution with regard to payment for sin that occurred in the Old Testament between the time of King David and Daniel
  • Examine Scripture passages that demonstrate the concept of purgatory and its miraculous relationship to almsgiving433px-Carracci-Purgatory
  • Explain how almsgiving can shortcut the consequences of your sinful actions…now and later!

Don’t listen if you enjoy suffering. For the rest of you, push “play” now!

Matthew

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