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.
C.S. Lewis once remarked that he was a converted pagan living in a country of apostate Puritans. He was speaking of Britain, but much the same could be said of American culture as well. Our apostate Puritan culture has long taught us to believe that the very worst sin in the world is lust. But Dante regards Lust as the lightest and least serious of the deadly sins. It is, like gluttony, an excess of love for something rather than the choice to reject love. What it is not, however, is an excess of love for another person, despite the fact that it involves sex. That’s the main problem with it: lust is the sin of treating another person as a means to an end. Lewis remarks that the lustful man does not “want a woman”. He wants an experience for which the woman happens to be the necessary apparatus. In short, lust treats people like things and insults the love they are due as human beings. In this study, pay attention to the ways in which you have been tempted (or given in to the temptation) to treat human beings as things and not persons. Pay attention, as well, to the ways in which God is calling you out of the prison of lust so that you may truly be filled with God’s love and respect for your neighbor.