Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Update to: Coming Up Sevens

Update: The seven deadly sins (the quiz was in this post) named in Dante's Purgatorio in order going from closest to Hell to closest to Paradise are:

1) Pride
2) Envy
3) Wrath/Anger
4) Sloth
5) Avarice/Greed
6) Gluttony
7) Lust

Odd that lust would be the closest to Paradise... (hey, maybe I'm better off than I thought, most of my sinning is close to Paradise - uh, just kidding. unfortuately, I also sometimes fall victim to gluttony. and greed, too. i think my wife and parents can attest to the sloth. and the anger. if pressed, i'd say i'm not above envy. then, my archnemesis pride. yep, i got all lucky seven i gotta deal with).

Jesus said, "Go and sin no more." Paul says, "We're no longer slaves to sin." All of which means, I have a choice in this lifelong battle. Just looking at the horizon, I don't see much slackening. Wish me luck, and same to you. Vaya con Dios.


Gary Wood said...

"Be last of all and servant of all." When we can accept this command of Jesus that will greatly take care of the top of the list. Thanks for the post.

Rich said...

Thanks, Gary.

In theory and belief, I totally accept Christ's command. It's in practice where I fail:

My wife orders me to do something, I don't like her tone, and I spout back. The eye-rolling; the snide comment returns fire. The ire starts soon after. We get entrenched in our positions, and pride holds us to them until forgiveness takes place. If my immediate practical thought was, "Be last of all," none of this would take place. But it hardly ever is. I'm a work-in-progress. Certainly, I need to think more, care more, and love more.

And yeah, I need to accept Jesus' command. "If you love me, you'll obey my commandments." I need to love Him and too many times I fail.

DugALug said...

That crazy Dante! And to think: he made quite a living off of this fecal biproduct.

For the rest of us schmoe's (not to confused with Schmoo's, wich you are Rich), an intelectual discourse isn't needed. Simply a prayer, faith and a change of heart.

God Bless

DugALug said...

Wow... I noticed that I took the 'h' out of 'which' and put a 'c' in 'Shmoo'... I guess it all balances out.