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I Hate It! (And that’s okay.)

by Matthew Leonard
by Matthew Leonard
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Let me ask you a question you’ve probably never been asked before. How much do you hate sin?

Seriously. Do you hate it like a piece of popcorn stuck between your teeth? Or do you hate it like you just stepped in fresh dog dookie and tramped it all over your new white carpet?Tired cleaning woman.

In other words, do you hate sin enough?

Certainly there are degrees of sin. We know that mortal and venial sin are different animals. Scripture (see 1 Jn 5:16-18) and the Catechism make it clear that one kills the life of grace in the soul – spiritual suicide – and the other wounds it. (Of course, repeated wounding eventually leads to death. Remember the knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? “It’s just a flesh wound.”)

Regardless, we have to remember that there’s no such thing as a “small” sin. All of itHoly cross with crucified Jesus Christ (fragment) is a terrible offense against our perfectly holy God.

To achieve holiness in and through him; become worthy of the family of God, we have to hate sin with a passion – the passion of Christ. Of course, this doesn’t mean hating sinners (a title which covers all of us), but calling ourselves and others to a higher, holier standard of life.

God bless!

Matt

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