Every faithful Catholic is guilty of some sort of sin. No one but our Lord and Holy Mother have ever been perfect, so which sins are the ones believers most often struggle with and what can we do to stop?
Catholics are just as susceptible to sin as anyone else but the difference is we have the Word of God to bring us back and into the arms of our merciful and forgiving Heavenly Father.
Unfortunately, as the world around us becomes more tolerant of sinful behavior, and even encourages it, nothing is more important than grabbing hold of our faith and clinging to Christ with all our might.
The following is a short list of the sins Catholics MUST refrain from. They are all easy to give in to and require hard work to climb out of:
It’s fine to accept compliments but when your ego bloats to the size of full-blown pride, there will be problems.
Prideful people tend to only care about themselves and promoting themselves above all others. Do you ever try to hold a conversation with someone who constantly returns the conversation to things happening in their own life?
They are guilty of pride and selfishness. Pride demands attention and praise – but all praise should be reserved for the Lord.
Remember, pride is what felled the archangel Lucifer and damned him forever.
Lust is another form of pride and can be a constant battle.
The Lord calls us run from sexual immorality and says “the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.”
God warns desire gives birth to sin, which, when fully grown, leads to death.
Don’t spend your days lusting for men or women. If you must desire someone, desire your mate. If you have yet to find your husband or wife, pray for their well-being and ask God to prepare them, and yourself, for the day your paths cross.
Rather than consume yourself in lustful thoughts, pray for your soulmate and ask God to keep you pure.
Gossiping is so easy to do! It starts with a small complaint that quickly escalates into a rant of negative comments.
When Jesus walked among us, he never gossiped about anyone, though plenty of people spoke about him. He spoke only loving and encouraging words.
We must follow his example and speak well of others, especially our enemies.
It can be hard to do but spouting poison isn’t what we have been called to do. It serves as little more than a doorway to greater sin.
The next time you open your mouth to speak against someone, consider what Christ would do and remember everyone has their own story. Do not judge them by a mere chapter.
Today, hatred can be found everywhere.
It exists out of fear, pride, selfishness and more – notice a theme here?
Christ did not die on a cross so we could go around hating each other. In fact, Jesus spent his time on earth encouraging us to love one another.
If we could love and respect each other, hatred would have no place here. Fear of one another would disappear and Heaven would truly be on earth.
As 1 John 4:18-19 tells us: “In love there is no room for fear, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear implies punishment and no one who is afraid has come to perfection in love. Let us love, then, because he first loved us.”
Judgement is similar to gossip – We assume negative things about people based on a single action.
The Bible says: “There is only one lawgiver and he is the only judge and has the power to save or to destroy. Who are you to give a verdict on your neighbour?”
It is easy to assume the parent of the screaming child doesn’t know how to raise a well-behaved, respectful child but what we don’t see is the mental illness in the child or the hours of behavioral training that goes on behind the scenes.
Just as Pope Francis famously said, “Who am I to judge?” Are we so perfect we can judge others?
Judging one another does nothing but tear relationships apart and gives the person judging a sense of superiority, much like pride, selfishness, hatred, lust, and gossip.
Be better people, not simply because you want to be well-liked or because you feel a sense of duty, but because the Lord has called us to love. In fact, 1 Corinthians outlines exactly what love is. If you want to be more like Christ, learn to love.