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Is it a Sin to ask for Death?

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Challenges, Darkness, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek, Sin

Is it a Sin to Ask for Death?   Dear Father John, When I am in great despair the temptation is to ask for death. Is that not a sin if despair drives me? I think you may have an incomplete or inaccurate idea about the nature of despair. When understood as a sin and not simply an emotional experience, despair consists of giving up on God, of freely concluding that “I am such a horrible sinner... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II)

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II) Editor's Note: In part one, we talked about the suffering of innocents and whether or not it is possible to win all arguments. Today, we will look reflect on the sacredness of human life and the meaning in suffering. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your wisdom... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II)

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II) Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your wisdom with others. However, I have a big question regarding the idea that God permits some evil, and the suffering that comes from it, even the suffering of innocents. Recently, I had a discussion with my ob-gyn regarding assisted suicide, which is now legal... Read More

On the Pains of Hell

ON THE PAINS OF HELL “And these shall go into everlasting punishment.” Matthew 25:46 In committing sin, the sinner does two evils. He abandons God, the Sovereign Good, and turns to creatures, “For my people have done two evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and have dug to themselves cisterns –broken cisterns – that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13).... Read More

Folly of Sinners

Folly of Sinners “For the wisdom of the world is foolishness with God.” 1 Corinthians 3:19 The Venerable John D'Avila [now St. John of Avila] would have divided the world into two prisons, one for the credulous, the other for the Christians who live in sin at a distance from God. The prison of the latter he would have called the prison of fools. But the greatest misery and misfortune is... Read More

On the Number of Sins

ON THE NUMBER OF SINS “Because sentence is not speedily pronounced against the evil, the children of men commit evil without fear.” cf Ecclesiastes 8:11 If God instantly chastised the man who insults him, we certainly should not see him so much outraged as we do at present. But because the Lord does not instantly punish sinners, but waits for them, they are encouraged to offend him the... Read More

On the Malice of Mortal Sin

ON THE MALICE OF MORTAL SIN “I have brought up children and exalted them; but they have despised me.” cf Isaiah 1:2 What does the sinner do when he commits mortal sin? He insults God, he dishonors him, he afflicts him. In the first place, mortal sin is an insult offered to God. The malice of an insult is, as St. Thomas says, estimated from the condition of the person who receives and of... Read More

The Present LIfe is A Journey to Eternity

THE PRESENT LIFE IS A JOURNEY TO ETERNITY “Man shall go into the house of his eternity.” cf Ecclesiastes 12:5 Seeing that on this earth so many miscreants wallow in prosperity, and that so many saints live in tribulations, the very Gentiles, by the sole aid of the light of nature, have known this truth – that, since there is a just God, there must be another life, in which the wicked... Read More

Value of Time

Value of Time “Son, observe the time.” cf Sirach 4:20 “Son,” says the Holy Ghost, “be careful to preserve time, which is the greatest and the most precious gift which God can bestow upon you in this life.” The very pagans knew the value of time. Seneca said that no price is an equivalent for it. “Nullum temporis pretium.” But the saints have understood... Read More

Peace of the Just at Death

PEACE OF THE JUST AT DEATH “The souls of the just are in the hands of God, and the torment of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die…but they are in peace.” Wisdom 3:1-2a, 3b The souls of the just are in the hands of God. If God holds fast in his hands the souls of the just, who can snatch them from him? It is true that hell does not cease to tempt... Read More

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