On Avoiding The Occasions Of Sin
The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God’s mercy to sinners.113 The angel announced to Joseph: “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”114 The same is true of the Eucharist, the sacrament of redemption: “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”115
1847 “God created us without us: but he did not will to save us without us.”116 To receive his mercy, we must admit our faults. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”117
1848 As St. Paul affirms, “Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.”118 But to do its work grace must uncover sin so as to convert our hearts and bestow on us “righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”119 Like a physician who probes the wound before treating it, God, by his Word and by his Spirit, casts a living light on sin:
Conversion requires convincing of sin; it includes the interior judgment of conscience, and this, being a proof of the action of the Spirit of truth in man’s inmost being, becomes at the same time the start of a new grant of grace and love: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” Thus in this “convincing concerning sin” we discover a double gift: the gift of the truth of conscience and the gift of the certainty of redemption. The Spirit of truth is the Consoler.120
II. THE DEFINITION OF SIN
1849 Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.”121
1850 Sin is an offense against God: “Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done that which is evil in your sight.”122 Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become “like gods,”123 knowing and determining good and evil. Sin is thus “love of oneself even to contempt of God.”124 In this proud self- exaltation, sin is diametrically opposed to the obedience of Jesus, which achieves our salvation.125
1851 It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people, Pilate’s cowardice and the cruelty of the soldiers, Judas’ betrayal – so bitter to Jesus, Peter’s denial and the disciples’ flight. However, at the very hour of darkness, the hour of the prince of this world,126 the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.
Your generous donations help us continue our important work of serving, educating and evangelizing the world through classic Catholic books and sound Catholic doctrine. The content on this channel is not being monetized. If you want to help our not-for-profit apostolate, please do so via PayPal using the following link:
Please consider making a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation. It is only through ongoing donations that we can continue this mission for the glory of GOD. Your donations, big and small, help us transform lives, inspire meaning and purpose, and build a better world. Thank you very much for your generous support! May the LORD JESUS CHRIST bless you forever!
We credit the original writers/speakers of the books/sermons and the following websites (whenever it applies): ewtn.com, marian.org, thedivinemercy.org, jmjsite.com, sensustraditionis.org, wikipedia.org, librivox.org & traditionalcatholicsermons.org as the source materials we use here and in numerous previous audiobooks, please pray for them and, if possible, donate to them too.
All we desire is to spread and preach the Good News to whoever wants to listen. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the best news anyone will ever hear, and what a person does with this news will determine where he or she spends eternity. God is calling you to choose life. Call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. For God so loved the world that He gave the only begotten Son, so that everyone believing in Him may not perish, but may have eternal life.
Please subscribe to our channel, like our videos, and share them. Please pray for us, for people all over the world, and for the souls in purgatory. Long live Christ the King! Thank you and many blessings!
Categories: Audio Book