Lusting Against the Flesh

Lust is an ugly thing. The “works of the flesh,” which “lusts against the spirit,” include such miserable misbehaviors as “fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcraft, enmities, contentions, emulations, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, reveling,” and others of a like nature (Gal. 5:17-21). All of which, we might note, have been exceptionally popular fromContinue reading “Lusting Against the Flesh”

Unquenchable Cravings

Many waters cannot quench charity, neither can the floods drown it: If a man should give all the substance of his house for love, He shall despise it as nothing. Canticle of Canticles 8:7 Friday being the day of Our Lord’s Passion, it is good to commemorate it not only by abstaining from meat, orContinue reading “Unquenchable Cravings”

Fruitful and Unfruitful Fears

Fear is a natural response to the possibility of losing something good. When it prompts us to act in defense of the many fragile blessings entrusted to our care, fear is a healthy part of the divine order. As with any passion, the trouble comes when fear overpowers reason, rather than following its governance. InContinue reading “Fruitful and Unfruitful Fears”

The Evil Eye of Envy

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will? Is thy eye evil because I am good? Matthew 20:15 Certain laborers have been laboring in vineyard since “early in the morning.” Having “borne the burden of the day and the heats,” they justly feel they have earned the penny that was promised them.Continue reading “The Evil Eye of Envy”