The Seven Capital Sins, #2: Envy

Father Michael gives some practical tips on overcoming the sin of envy in our lives. This is the second of a seven-part series on the seven Capital Sins.
by Fr. Michael Sliney, LC | Source:
This week I will focus on the sin of Envy.  The Catechism defines envy as, "...sadness at the sight of another’s goods and the immoderate desire to acquire them for oneself, even unjustly.  When one wishes grave harm to a neighbor it is a mortal sin.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 2359)

Here are some practical suggestions for how you can overcome this vice in your life.   
A Winning Strategy for Inner Peace and Authenticity:

1.  Sacraments and Prayer (This will always be the #1 solution to conquering all sin)
-Lots of Eucharist and regular Confession (at least once a month): you cannot conquer these powerful passions without the help of God’s grace. The Eucharist fertilizes and nourishes both the will and the garden of virtues and the Sacramental Grace of Confession, like a good weed killer, attacks and weakens the weeds.
-Pray a Decade of the rosary every day for a greater charity in thought. The Blessed Mother is the Queen of Charity and a powerful intercessor for us with Christ.
2.  Rejoice in the merits of others
- “Would you like to see God glorified by you?  Then rejoice in your brother’s progress and you will immediately give glory to God. 
- Because his servant could conquer envy by rejoicing in the merits of others, God will be praised.” (St. John Chrysostom, Hom. In Rom. 71, 5, PG 60, 48)  
3.  Check your thoughts and do not allow the envious ones to penetrate! 
- “..we bring every thought into captivity and obedience to Christ.” (2 Cor. 10: 6)
4.  Accept your own reality with great trust in God.  
-God knows what is best for you! “But you- who do you think you, a human being, are, to answer back to God? Something that was made, can it say to its maker: why did you make me this shape?  A potter surely has the right over his clay to make out of the same lump either a pot for special use or one for ordinary use.” (Rm 9: 20-22)
5.  Learn from others: instead of trying to bring them down, try to raise yourself up, especially when it concerns virtue and solid Christian living.  
- Be envious of the right things; like someone who lives authentic fidelity, charity and goodness!  A bigger house, a nicer car, a more prestigious position, better looks or a more vibrant personality, more fame, prestige or power, etc…will not always benefit your soul.
6.  Disbelieve most of the negative that you hear about others:  
- it is probably coming from an envious source with the goal of bringing this person down.  

May God bless you!

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