This is a great study session where we will explore one deadly sin and one lively virtue per session. Coming to these sessions is based on the availability of the participant and can be attended as the participants schedules permits.
Sessions will be held in John XXIII room.
Dante’s continuing journey up Mt. Purgatory means he is becoming lighter, less burdened by sin and freer. In arriving at the Cornice of the Penitent Avaricious, we are therefore looking at a sin which, while less serious than pride, envy, anger and sloth, is still deadly, as are all the capital sins. It is, after all, avarice that sends the rich man to hell in Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. St, Thomas tells us that avarice is the immoderate or unreasonable desire for riches. It is not wrong to own property or to make a profit. Sin only enters into the situation when we love these created things more than we love God or our neighbor. The moment we care more about riches than about how to use those riches for the common good is the moment we are opening the door to avarice. Conversel, the moment we start recognizing our wealth as a gift of God given to us both for our good and for the good of our neighbot–and begin finding ways to share that wealth with our neighbor–is the day we begin to live generously and imitate God, who became poor for our sake that we might become rich.