Two series of meditations upon the 7 Deadly Sins and the 7 Life-Giving Virtues are presented below. The first series has 18 days of meditations and the second 7 days. A vice is an habitual way of acting in opposition to basic Christian values. Our growth in the Christian life, in our imitation of Christ, will in part come about by our practice of the Christian virtues and our triumph over the opposite vices.
Every person is a mixture of vices of virtues and before God we are accountable for putting off the vices and for putting on the virtues. Peter stated that we are to add to our faith, virtue; and to virtue, we are to add knowledge. It is our hope that these meditations may be of help to anyone who wishes to enter into the heart of changing their lives according to the directives of the New Testament.
(This ends our 1st presentation on the 7 deadly sins and 7 life-giving virtues. These meditations were originally a part of the August 2004 meditations.)
(Our 2nd presentation of the 7 Gifts and Virtues and the Capital Sin they oppose follows. These previously were part of the May 2004 meditations.)
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit supply the forms and paths which our spiritual development and our service of God will take, while the Infused Virtues drive and bring about that development and service. If we choose to give in to the Capital Sins, they will block or kill the life of the Gifts and Virtues. If we choose to develop the habits of the Gifts and Virtues, they will put to death the seven capital tendencies to sin in us.