Always eager to share my vast knowledge of SIN 🙂 here is my latest article in a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, appearing in the Catholic New World, the archdiocesan Catholic paper in Chicago.
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.
I am touched by the last statement of your article that runs something like “… in the deepest level, we are longing for a union with God (our Creator)…”
Honestly, the sin of lust is a day-to-day struggle for me, a single. You are right, after long hours of television, our minds are polluted.. media overdose is also pornography overdose.. I am now very careful with what i watch & see on t.v.
I also pray to Saint Joseph for protection from the snares of the evil one. For the virtue of Chastity. As the foster father of Jesus and the spouse of Mary on earth, i seek his intercession for this intention.
I am amazed at how i got your article again, this very day… just when i prayed earlier that i would be freed – totally – from this bondage.
I praise and thank God.
Thank you always, Joe. God bless you.
Thanks, Johnny. We all struggle with sin. Perhaps it helps to know that we are not supposed to squelch desire but rather re-direct them to God, our true destiny.
I find that whenever I pray for something, I miraculously see something that same day that gives me direction. Of course the real miracle is that you are looking in the right places. It wasn’t just a pop-up on your screen. The Holy Spirit moved you enough to find the article online! So don’t see yourself short!
I appreciate that Joe pulished this article on this blog because so many of us men, married or single, have struggled with this sort of thing.
For me, I find that the realization that I am so enslaved by any sin I am struggling with at the time helps me to find the courage to get out of that slavery! I picture there being so much freedom in knowing that ANYONE can take a look into your soul at any time and you would be proud to let them take that look (I’m not there yet by the way but I’m working on it)! Good luck to you. It IS tough!
Thank you so much, Joe and Greg, for your encouragement and prayers ..
“Re-direct these desires to God, our true destiny!” Amen.
I am blessed by persons like you, my fellow-travellers in this journey…
By the way, my 4th year’s section is named ‘Chastity’..
May God bless us all!