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Sin: The Ultimate Destroyer of Peace

April 22, 2014 by  
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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 3 of 16)

Thus sin renders the soul miserable, weak and torpid, inconstant in good, cowardly in resisting temptation, slothful in the observance of God's commandments. It deprives her of true liberty and of that sovereignty which she should never resign; it makes her a slave to the world, the flesh, and the devil; it subjects her to a harder and more wretched servitude than that of the unhappy Israelites in Egypt or Babylon. Sin so dulls and stupefies the spiritual senses of man that he is deaf to God's voice and inspirations; blind to the dreadful calamities which threaten him; insensible to the sweet odor of virtue and the example of the saints; incapable of tasting how sweet the Lord is, or feeling the touch of His benign hand in the benefits which should be a constant incitement to his greater love. Moreover, sin destroys the peace and joy of a good conscience, takes away the soul's fervor, and leaves her an object abominable in the eyes of God and His saints.

The Sinner's Guide (Chapter 5, Paragraph 10)

Sin: The Ultimate Destroyer of Peace

It should come as no surprise that a regular schedule for going to confession has helped me find some interior peace, at a level I've never experienced. Ever.

And yet, I still find myself surprised. I still find myself sinning.

Have you ever walked into the confessional and had to confess that pet sin again? Have you ever found yourself caught (even if only to yourself) doing that thing you know you shouldn't? And maybe even enjoying it?

I know it's not just me, though it sure feels that way at the time. And isn't that just another way that sin keeps the peace away? It makes us alone.

God never meant for us to be alone. Or for us to sin, for that matter.

The more you sin, the more you want to sin and even need to sin. Sin feeds off itself, and you forget that what you're doing–however disordered and wonky and wrong it may be–is anything other than right and good. We turn our backs on God, take an initial step away and find ourselves on an escalator heading the wrong way.

But there's hope, and that's why Venerable Louis of Granada is pointing this out to us. There's heaven, clearly intended for us. There's God, reaching his hand to us, just waiting for us to take it, to say yes.

Reading Assignment:

Week 3: Chapter 7-9

Discussion Questions:

1. When was the last time you went to Confession? Make it a priority to go again this week.

2. How does sin sneak in when you're not watching? What ways do you find peace when you confess your sin or “deal with it” in some other way?

Feel free to comment on anything from our assignment this past week!

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Sarah Reinhard continues to delight ”and be challenged by” her vocations of Catholic wife and mother. She's online at and is the author of a number of books for families.

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