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21st Century Catholic Apologetics for Mary's Spiritual Warriors

The Seven Deadly Sins

There  are  many  many  different sins not listed here. However, many  of these great  sins, like  murder,  adultery,  stealing, etc.,  have root causes,  like  Pride. Pride  was  the  devil's great  sin,  as he wanted  to  be  like God,  and  rebelled.  There are 7 basic  kinds of sin,  that lead  to all others,  known   as  the  Seven Deadly sins.  It takes heroic virtue in most cases to overcome these.   Most of us are afflicted greatly with at least one or two of these. And once you give in to one of these sins, the spirits of the other 6 will be only too glad to come into your soul also.  All of these sins will lead you directly to hell. To understand what hell is like, click here .  To learn how to overcome these sins, click here .

1 John 2:16: For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.

In the above scripture, St. John talks about three basic types of sin - The lust of the flesh (gluttony, lust, sloth), the lust of the eyes (greed), and the pride of life (pride, envy, anger).  Overcoming these things should be our life's work.

Click on each one below to learn more.

Lust

Greed

Gluttony

Envy 

Anger

Pride

Sloth

The Capital Virtues, which are the opposite of the seven deadly sins, are as follows:

Chastity - It overcomes the sin of lust.

Liberality (Generosity) -  It overcomes the sin of Greed.

Temperance - It overcomes the sin of Gluttony.

Brotherly Love - It overcomes the sin of Envy.

Meekness - It overcomes the sin of Anger.

Humility - It overcomes the sin of Pride.

Diligence - It overcomes the sin of sloth.

How do you get these virtues?  Prayer, prayer, prayer.  And fasting also helps, a lot (Mark 9:29).  After all, if our enemy is the flesh, it would seem that to overcome this enemy, you must starve it, just like you would if you could starve your enemy to  death in wartime.  To learn more about these Capital virtues, click here.

A Prayer for Purity

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I entrust and consecrate myself entirely to you - mind, heart and body. Guard and defend me always from every sin. May my mind be uplifted to heavenly things, may my heart love God more and more, may I avoid every evil occasion. Hold me close to you, so that I may keep watch of my internal and external senses. Preserve me from all impurity, and help me to serve you with undefiled mind, pure heart and chaste body, so that in heaven I may join the blessed company of the saints.  AMEN
 
Prayer to overcome the seven deadly sins
O Jesus, meek Savior and Prince of Peace, implant in me the virtues of gentleness and patience. Let me curb the fury of anger and restrain all resentment and impatience so as to overcome evil with good, attain your peace, and rejoice in Your love.

O Jesus, Model of humility, divest me of all pride and arrogance. Let me acknowledge my weakness and sinfulness, so that I may bear mockery and contempt for Your sake and esteem myself as lowly in your sight.

O Jesus, Teacher of abstinence, help me to serve You rather than our appetites. Keep me from gluttony - the inordinate love of food and drink and let me hunger and thirst for Your justice.

O Jesus, Lover of purity, remove all lust from my heart, so that I may serve You with a pure mind and a chaste body.

O Jesus, Father of the poor, help me to avoid all covetousness for earthly goods and give me a love for heavenly things. Inspire me to give to the needy, just as You gave Your life, that I might inherit eternal treasures.

O Jesus, Exemplar of love, keep me from all envy and ill-will. Let the grace of Your love dwell in me that I may rejoice in the happiness of others and bewail their adversities.

O Jesus, zealous Lover of souls, keep me from all sloth of mind or body. Inspire me with zeal for your glory, so that I may do all things for You and in You.

O Jesus, my Merciful Redeemer, my Loving Savior, my Divine Healer, all this I humbly pray and ask in confidence, and filled with faith, hope and trust, in Your Holy and Mighty name, Amen

Thank You Jesus, Praise You Jesus, Bless You Jesus, I Love You Jesus... AMEN

 

Litany of Humility (to overcome pride, and for power in prayer)

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, R/deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, R/
From the desire of being extolled, R/
From the desire of being honored, R/
From the desire of being praised, R/
From the desire of being preferred to others, R/
From the desire of being consulted, R/
From the desire of being approved, R/
From the fear of being humiliated, R/
From the fear of being despised, R/
From the fear of suffering rebukes, R/
From the fear of being calumniated, R/
From the fear of being forgotten, R/
From the fear of being wronged, R/
From the fear of being suspected, R/

That others may be loved more than I, R/Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, R/
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, R/
That others may be chosen and I set aside, R/
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, R/
That others may be preferred to me in everything, R/
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
R/

AMEN   

Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

As Abba  Macarius was returning to  his cell from the  marsh carrying palm-leaves, the devil met him with a sharp sickle and would have struck him but he could not. He cried out, "Great is the violence I suffer from you, Macarius, for when I want to hurt you, I cannot. But whatever you do, I do and more also. You fast now and then, but I am never refreshed by any food; you often keep vigil, but I never fall asleep. Only in one thing are you better than I am and I acknowledge that." Macarius said to him, "What is that?" and he replied, "It is because of your humility alone that I cannot overcome you. 


 

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