Articles tagged: Sin

Ante-Purgatory: "The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio"

literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 16th, 2015

Ante-Purgatory   1. The Excommunicated In Canto III, Dante and Virgil encounter those souls who were excommunicated. The reason, however, these souls are in purgatory and not hell is because they repented at the very end of their life. In Dante's Purgatorio, the repentant excommunicants are... Read More →

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 7th, 2015

"The Portals of Purgatory" by Gustave Dore. Listers, "The "Divina Commedia" is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: "to remove those living in this life from the state... Read More →

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Philosophy

SPL Staff • December 29th, 2014

Listers, Aristotle ("the Philosopher") defined prudence as  "right reason applied to action."1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

15 Quotes from Cardinal Ratzinger's Letter to the Bishops on Homosexuality

Theology

SPL Staff • June 30th, 2014

  Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger October 1, 1986.   The Purpose of the Letter 1. "The issue of homosexuality and the moral evaluation of homosexual acts have... Read More →

Commentary on the 4 Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance

Theology

SPL Staff • February 1st, 2014

Listers, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are sins that cry out to heaven. "The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are 'sins that cry to heaven': the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner,... Read More →

36 of the Most Necessary Questions on Our Lord's Passion and Death

Theology

SPL Staff • April 22nd, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and it... Read More →

Early Church: 12 Quotes on Homosexuality and Other Sexual Sins

history Theology

SPL Staff • April 7th, 2013

1. The Didache "You shall not commit murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not commit pederasty, you shall not commit fornication, you shall not steal, you shall not practice magic, you shall not practice witchcraft, you shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill one that has been... Read More →

SIN: 44 Questions on Sin and its Different Types

Theology

SPL Staff • March 27th, 2013

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism for teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and it... Read More →

Is It Not Unjust to Punish Us for the Sins of Adam and Eve? – 25 Questions on Our First Parents

Theology

SPL Staff • December 24th, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

Could the Soul "Evolve" from Inferior Animals? - 16 Questions on Adam and Eve

Theology

SPL Staff • December 21st, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

The Path to Hell is Paved with the Skulls of Bishops: 8 Quotes and Sources

history Theology

SPL Staff • October 17th, 2012

Listers, priests and bishops having been erring as long as humans have occupied those offices. However, the quotes that most strongly articulate this truth are shrouded in ambiguity regarding their primary sources. SPL has complied the most common germane quotes shared on Catholic blogs and given... Read More →

Lust and Our Common Good: 4 Observations by St. Thomas Aquinas

Theology

SPL Staff • October 3rd, 2012

Listers, a portion of St. Thomas Aquinas' brilliance is attributed to his ability to state that which we all already know but struggle to articulate. The question Is lust a sin? seems absurd, but by asking these questions and answering them in thomistic fullness the Angelic Doctor is able to lead... Read More →

Aquinas: 9 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Mortal Sin

Theology

SPL Staff • August 10th, 2012

Listers after an excellent discourse on why gluttony is a sin in article one, the Angelic Doctor discusses whether or not gluttony is a mortal sin. The Baltimore Catechism states a "mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God." The catechism continues: "this sin is called mortal... Read More →

8 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Sin

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 1st, 2012

Listers, the following is taken in full from St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica II-II.148.1 On Gluttony. The Summa Theologica is widely considered the magnum opus of the Angelic Doctor's short life. The work is broken down into a question and answer format and its importance is best summed up... Read More →

Why Did God Make You? - And 24 Other Basic Catholic Questions

Theology

SPL Staff • July 30th, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

The 9 Ways of Being an Accessory to Another's Sin

Theology

SPL Staff • July 18th, 2012

Listers, the "9 Ways of Being an Accessory to Another's Sin" is taken from the 1962 Roman Missal under the heading of "The Most Necessary Prayers." The list is commonly used as part of the Catholic's examination of conscience before receiving the Eucharist. The list is simple, but a necessary... Read More →

Indulgences: 29 Questions On This Grace of Holy Mother Church

Theology

SPL Staff • June 13th, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

Move Past the Protestant Propaganda: 8 More Questions on Indulgences

Theology

SPL Staff • May 23rd, 2012

Listers, the following lesson is taken from the Baltimore Catechism. The Baltimore Catechism was the standard catechism of teaching the faith and catechizing children from 1885 to Vatican II. Its basic question-and-answer approach is the most natural learning style for the human mind and... Read More →

5 More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read

Life & Leisure literature

SPL Staff • May 22nd, 2012

**Listers, fiction has a savage appeal to authors and readers because they get entertainment out of some character's suffering or unhappiness. **However, to the credit of all fans of the written word, they also derive entertainment in a resolution, but that always means that something must first... Read More →
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