It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Friday, April 11, 2014

Chapter 4, Page 11, Book 14

This is one of my favorite pictures of one of my grandson's whom I call our Prince Charming, taken several years ago.

While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster. 

Abigail van Buren

Today’s focus:  Give up sin----turn to virtue.

The Seven Deadly Sins - Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride

The Seven Heavenly Virtues -Chastity, Abstinence, Liberality, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, Humility
Since the lists above show 7 sins and 7 virtues I thought I’d take just a few of each at a time to explore.  Some of these are really hard for me and I’ve attempted to put them into perspective.  I am not an expert on anything, but I am only a sinner who strives to do a little better each day with a lot of help from our good Lord.

Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising. 

John Lahr

The sin of lust and the virtue of chastity, and the sin of gluttony and the virtue of abstinence

Lust and some gluttony often involve coveting, wanting to enjoy something to which one has no right or privilege or a food that belongs to another. Lust and gluttony may also express greed: an insatiable appetite for more.

 Lust enslaves one to her or his passion, often causing a person to do acts later regretted.  Gluttony has a similar effect on the glutton. Eating becomes the driving passion.  The lack the self control.

Gluttony is sheer defiance of reasonable and balanced behavior

Benjamin Franklin

Too often  the person trapped in a life defined by lust, envy, or greed, what began as an over indulgence can become a pattern over which the person has no power or control. That is why we have organizations like Over Eaters Anonymous with 12 step programs are popular.

There are also many religious congregations of all major religious traditions  that have provided countless people essential lifesaving assistance in coping with deadly sins, helping people to regain their humanity by focusing on God and others.

To overcome either, one must accept personal responsibility for the choices made.  Our choices are so important.  

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence.

Samuel Butler

Abstinence simply means saying NO. It means avoiding certain things that we know are not allowed or that are not good for us. Abstinence says, Don’t do it, for a variety of different reasons, in regard to a many different issues.

Chastity is a positive message. It doesn’t tell us, don’t do it. It tells us there is an appropriate time and place.  Chastity is closely related to the the moral virtues of modesty and humility.  This virtue gives us self control, spiritual strength and is a certain path to happiness.

Forbidden fruit is responsible for many a bad jam


jack69 said...

I like your approach. Not just give up something, but replace it with better.
Love it.

betty said...

I think the last line sums it up pretty well, Ma, forbidden fruit is responsible for many a jam. I also like how you are contrasting the bad versus the good, looking at the bad one would certainly want to change it and do the good, like abstain from something we know is bad for us, or wait for something that is good for us as in the case of chastity.

Great thoughts!


JeanJournal said...

((((((( if we are having some problems and think about giving up on someone ~ that is the time to 'hold on' to HOPE for we all fail one another at times ~ real good thoughts today (as always) ~~~ JeanJournal ( uuummmmm wish I had a piece of watermelon right now~~~the 'grands' are SO GREAT! just like their parents! -)


LOve the picture of your grandson. That watermelon looks delicious.