Sunday, February 27, 2022

Kindred,


Are you familiar with the origins of the seven deadly sins, known also as the seven capital or cardinal sins?  


The seven deadly sins are not specifically mentioned in the bible.  


Its precedent predates Christianity to the time of Aristotle.  


It was the fourth-century monk Evagrius Ponticus, who listed the eight evil thoughts, in which Pope Gregory I combined into the seven deadly sins (by combining vainglory or unjustified boasting and corruptions of the mind into pride and envy) (to inversely correlate to the seven heavenly virtues).  




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Why is it important to know about the origins of seven deadly vices or sins?


It gives a person awareness of the corruption points of vices and sins; to what opens up a person to temptations within and to practicing those sins and vices.


And though the seven capital sins are deadly, it, in total, is not the deadliest of all sins, hate (in fear).


Hate is the opposite of love.  


Hate is in direct violation of the Lord's commandments to love; to love the Lord with all your might and to love thy neighbor as thyself.  


How can we forget about hate and overlook it as the deadliest of all sins?  


Or to put it inversely, how can we forget about love and overlook it as the greatest of all virtues?  


Do we actually think that we can enter heaven without love and peace in our hearts?  


Can we see the Lord or Heaven's Gate without purity of heart?  


How to see purity of heart without love?  


How to be compatible with heaven without love (and peace)? 


We cannot without love.  



 

  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see the Lord."                                - Matthew 5:8  Without a pure heart...