Thursday, January 22, 2009

The 7 Deadly Sins of Theology

Mercy! But the Lord knows what His children need for their growth.

You've probably heard of the 7 Deadly Sins as propagated by Pope Gregory I (and the new and unimproved version). But the good folks at Theology Forum have drawn up a list for those of us who have been through or are engaged in theological education.
  1. Pride: they have a tendency to condemn others and become impatient with their faults. They are very selective in who can teach them.
  2. Avarice: they are discontent with the spirituality God gives them. They never have enough learning, are always reading many books rather than growing in poverty of spirit and their interior life.
  3. Luxury: they take more pleasure in the spiritual blessings of God than God himself.
  4. Wrath: they are easily irritated, lacking sweetness, and have little patience to wait on God.
  5. Spiritual gluttony: they resist the cross and choose pleasures like children do.
  6. Spiritual envy: they feel unhappy when other do well spiritually. They are always comparing.
  7. Sloth: they run from that which is hard. Their aim is spiritual sweetness and good feelings.
May God have mercy on me, a sinner, and incline my heart to his love and his law.


h/t The Theology Forum

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