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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
"Use this old prayer for Peace to make up for the seven deadly sins which destroy peace."
THE SEVEN OUR FATHERS, HAIL MARY'S AND GLORY BES
This is an old prayer for Peace. Because it can be difficult for some people to keep their attention on these prayers, it is good to have an intention for each. While we know the overall intention is peace, it still helps to have seven lesser intentions which bring about peace. Try offering them to make up for the seven deadly sins which destroy peace in seven different ways
The seven deadly sins are:
The Seven root sins or deadly sins as they used to be known but about which we hear so little these days, disturb peace in a radical way So let us pray for peace by offering reparation for these disturbances. Let us beg healing for all those who are disturbed in these ways and ask for the corresponding gifts or virtues.
The first deadly sin that destroys peace is PRIDE
In fact that was the first sin ever committed and so it is at the heart of all sin. It was the cause of the fall of Lucifer, the bright angel, who was the first to resist Gods Will, and rebelling against Gods plan brought, we are told by the Scriptures, a great portion of the Lights of Heaven with him, the other angels. In fact, we are told in the Book of the Apocalypse, that he swept with him a third of the stars from the sky. Does that mean that he brought as many as one third of all the angels? Once when Padre Pio was looking out a window with a friend, he remarked as he saw so many gathered for Mass at the monastery, "If all the demons that are present over the people could be visible to the human eye then the light of the sun would be blotted out." He could see so many demons over the congregation. Satan through his pride, set up his own kingdom. It is a massive kingdom populated by all the dark spirits of fallen angels and they are attacking the spiritual life of each one of us. It could be said "The sin of the world consists of this, that it is living without God". In other words, we are living at a time of rebellion against God, denial of God, resistance to Gods will God has been pushed aside The world is arrogantly striding forward as if it no longer needs its Maker. God has been pushed aside as a troublesome distraction. Todays advances in technology have caused people to feel independent of God and even to reject His supreme authority. This surely is a path of self-destruction if we do not turn back in time. We ask God then to have patience with such miserable specimens as we become, when we openly deny Him and reject His law. This is the pride of our world. We pray for the true peace that comes from surrendering to Gods will for us and accepting Him humbly as Mary always did in Her life.
Our Father Hall Mary Glory Be
The second deadly sin is GREED
It is the restlessness for more and more material possessions. To set our hearts on acquiring more and more material things is actually to end up worshipping false gods. We know of people who have been converted from the pursuit of wealth, people forced to let go of this false earthly security and looking for the security that is everlasting, God Himself. An Italian actress who had risen to the height of her career and profession came to a shrine of Our Lady and left there valuable jewelry as an offering because she said "I have round here such peace that the world could never give me." We are reminded of the works of Jesus himself "What does it profit anyone to gain the whole world and ruin his very self?" Satan is very powerful whenever we are materially successful He has so many more opportunities for luring us away from God. Let us pray that we will be freed in our hearts. God is trying to lead us forward, but our hearts are set on material things and we are occupied by them. Let us ask today to be released from this so that we may pursue true peace in God, that we may overcome the insinuations of this demon covetousness in our lives.
Our Father Hail Mary... Glory Be
The third deadly sin Is IMPURITY
The demon of lust is pervading the world. torrentially washing across the world is a deluge of gutter press pornography through magazines, video tapes and television. Chastity. Purity, Self-Control, all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, find no place in the world to-day. Have a good time, "Live it up!" This life of fashionable pleasure is proposed from all angles. We are besieged by it. We pray now for those who are tempted to unfaithfulness in marriage. We pray for those who try to get fulfillment through a life of pleasure. We pray that like St. Augustine who coined the phrase, they will come to understand that Our hearts are made with a restlessness for God, with a capacity for what is infinite and only God can fill that void. The innocent who are scandalized; those who are led into temptations of impurity, those who are lost to God because of scandal in this area, for all those whose sexuality is commercially abused through prostitution, for all the young people who are sexually abused, even in their own homes and are helpless to secure any refuge, for all those who engage in the unnatural use of their sexual gifts and so degrade and abuse themselves, and for all those whose sexuality is used for the purpose of advertising, we offer reparation and praise to God, and we beg the purity and innocence of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, for ourselves, our families, our homes, our world.
Our Father Hall Mary... Glory Be
The fourth deadly sin is ANGER
The demon of anger disturbs peace by causing friction and tension. This leads to angry remarks, even blows, violence and destruction. It can even progress to war. Let us pray for patience, tolerance and forgiveness, the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was not provoked to anger during His passion but even prayed for His persecutors. We should overcome all attackers on our patience with love. St. John of the Cross once said where there is no love, put love and there love will be.
Our Father Hall Mary Glory Be....
The fifth deadly sin is GLUTTONY
Gluttony or selfishness, self - indulgence is a frightening sin, If the whole world, someone said, were represented as a village of 100 people. the scale of abuse of the worlds goods would be represented like this: 93 have to look on while the other 7 spend half the money, have ten times as many doctors looking after them as the 93 put together and we in this hemisphere throw out and waste food that would sufficient to feed all who are starving in the Third-World. The Heavenly Father looks down upon this and to Him we are all one little family. I heard of someone watch an African mother clutching her dying infant. Both were starving She wanted a bit of bread for her child but she could not get It. Then she looked for a drink of water and she couldnt even find that either. A moment later the baby died in her arms, and the mother exclaimed Is all the world like this? With so many famines raging in our world we even hear people ask why God allows so many people to die of starvation in Ethiopia, Somalia and such places. Of course it is the cruelty of the world not of God. In other words, the resources of the world are there, we abuse them selfishly, we tie them up through economic structures and we refuse to distribute It is not God who is to be blamed but our mishandling of the trust He has given us. Injustice destroys peace Let us pray that the hardness of our hearts may melt.
Our Father Hail Mary Glory Be
The sixth deadly sin is ENVY
Envy disturbs inner peace. When I envy other people I seem to resent the way God has made me. I want to be different. I want to be anybody but myself. I fail to accept and to come to terms with my own uniqueness and the special call that God has issued to me personally. No two fingerprints are alike, everyone Is special and different. I may seem to feel that every one else Is better off than I am. I close my eyes to the good things God Is offering me and I fall to develop and exploit them to the full If I give In to envy of others. The chief ways to express envy of course are escapes, trying to be someone else. This is done now-a-days through drug trips and alcohol. People in well-off societies even in highly comfortable and luxurious settings are often not satisfied. They are looking for kicks. They go on a trip to a world of fantasy through drugs. This too is an abuse of the personality, It Is a sign of Inner disease so we ask for Inner peace, for forgiveness for our failure to trust In Gods love whenever we are dissatisfied with ourselves and the circumstances In which God has placed us In this life. Just being ourselves, blooming where we are planted gives honor and praise to God. To love God by an acceptance of His Holy Will. To practice resignation, especially in sickness and suffering, is the first way that we can glorify God and show gratitude to Him. If God has willed that I am as I am He must need me that way. As a God of love, God wouldnt ask me to suffer if it were not ultimately to contribute to His glory and my peace. Satan tempts us to Imagine that if we were someone else we would be happier. We can never be happy except when we surrender most completely to God, in love. We pray in reparation for the times we have resented the way God made us, the things He allowed to happen to us and the circumstances in which we have had to live out our lives. We ask God for the grace to glorify Him for all the gifts.
Our Father Hall Mary Glory Be
The seventh deadly sin is SLOTH
Sloth is laziness, It Is holding back. It Is a delaying tactic. We cannot grasp the wonder of Gods plan for each one of us, in the salvation of the world. What a pity If we fail to fulfill our part. We think of how there are people in the world who will be touched only by our personal efforts. There are people who in Gods design, I must affect. I do this, not only directly by the way I live, by the example I give, the leadership I show, influence that I exert, but I do it indirectly by my private sacrifices and prayer that Our Lady can use to touch their souls. Our silent sacrifices and prayers can be used to convert hearts the world over. We must have confidence In the spiritual impact that our prayers and sacrifices make. And we mustnt give Into despondency and laziness.
So often we see people wringing their hands almost In despair at the state of the world Oh, what can we do? As If the war were lost. Jesus has given us the weaponry, prayer and fasting. Satan is the one who would wish to make us downhearted. Jesus said, did He not? to Sister Faustina, as He revealed The Divine Mercy Devotion, that, If He had enough willing souls He could touch the whole world One drop of love offered to God can undo hundreds and thousands of blasphemies. The power for good that each one of us can be is startlingly enormous. The Blessed Mother, Im sure has many times held back the chastisement of the world by going to the Father and offering Him the Wounds, the Blood and the Passion of Her dear Son and Her victim souls in the world. So you see, you can hold back or enable the Blessed Mother to delay the chastisement of the world In order that more people can be saved, if you respond now, immediately. Do not wait. We must be decisive. That invitation of Her Son "You cannot serve two masters," really challenges us to choose whether we are prepared to abandon everything to God or go on living for our own selfish desires.
Our Father Hall Mary Glory Be