January 3, 2013

Gluttony – The Spirit Is Willing, but the Flesh Is Weak

For years we have been hearing about how the obesity epidemic in America is primarily caused by trans fats, fast food, and drinks that contain large amounts of sugar.  We are treated as though we are mindless sheep who have no will-power and are under the spell of an evil force that influences us to continually consume what will ultimately fatten us up and kill us.

December 7, 2012

Lust – The All-Consuming Passion

After pride, lust is the vice that the devil prefers to use to lure people away from God.  Lust blinds the mind of a person, and since it is the mind that enlightens the will, once blinded, it no longer has the ability to lead the will away from the irrational urges of the body.  Lust is an undiscerning passion that acts on fantasies, thoughts, and desires.  Lust always leads to irrational, reckless, ruinous, and self-destructive behavior.

March 12, 2011

Lent, Kites & Secrets

On a Sunday afternoon in March of 1968, when I was 11 years old, one of my aunts packed her 8 children (6 boys and 2 girls) into her station wagon and took them over to my Grandparents’ house to visit.  At that time, we lived in the country and my parents’ home was next-door to my grandparents’ home.