I will fight to eradicate sins against charity in my family or work life
by Father Edward Hopkins, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Prayer: I believe in you, Lord Jesus, as the only one who can fill my heart. I believe in the
power of faith to change my life and the lives of others. I trust that you will grant me the light
and strength to cast out sin from my life. I come to you in prayer so that I can love you even more
with a firm but serene opposition to sin.
Petition: Lord, may I desire “death before committing one sin.”
1. Causing Others to Sin: . The negative
effects of sin are many: offending God, damaging my conscience and soul, hardening my heart, forming
bad habits, losing grace and will power, creating distance and difficulty in prayer, etc. But no
result of sin is more damaging than that of scandal, where my sin leads others to sin. Why is this
so serious? As a Christian I am called to live and teach Christ’s life to others. Scandal falsifies
and contradicts my vocation and mission in life. We all have “little ones” entrusted to us:
children, family members, those new to the faith, those searching, those who are especially weak….
If I am truly dedicated to lead them to Christ, then sin and scandal will have little room. How real
and determined is my dedication?
Rebuke and Forgive: . We must fight sin wherever we find it. How much more difficult does
this become in a world where tolerance is ranked above virtue! Even in family life we are tempted to
let things go and not create friction and uneasiness. But if sin is our greatest enemy, then we must
always cast it out. The key is to do everything with the heart of Christ, a heart of love: ready to
forgive the sinner, never judging their heart, but never minimizing an evil action. How well do I
teach moral truth? Do I distinguish the sin from the sinner? Is Christ’s love always my motivation
and dominant message?
3. Faith Uproots Sin: . All of this --
fighting personal sin and helping others conquer it -- seemed a bit much for the apostles. They
begged for an increase of faith. Faith of any size embraces God’s understanding of the evil of sin
and seeks to live accordingly. Yet sin is not overcome easily, and mere understanding is not enough.
We must uproot sin from our lives and reject it constantly in the lives of others. Only Christ’s
love provides the strength we need, and often the perseverance in battling the same sins over time
only comes through the strength that comes from Christ’s love. Only through Christ can our hearts be
filled and not return to old habits of sin.
Conversation with Christ: Give
me, Lord, the courage to fight sin in my life. Grant me your heart, Lord, so I can “fight and suffer
without cowardice, without taking time out, and without discouragement; , even if others do not
understand or thank me. Help me to uproot sin from my life and put you first. Fight and suffer
perseveringly for the good of others even if they treat [me] badly in return, even if they do not
understand or thank [me], even if the good [I] do only brings upon [me] criticism and
Resolution: I will
fight to eradicate sins against charity in my family or work life. I will avoid it and call others
to do so too in a gentle but firm manner.
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