- Sinful actions
flow from our inner attitudes.
- Sin is rooted
primarily in the heart.
- "Listen, and
understand. What goes into the mouth does not make a man unclean; it is what
comes out of the mouth that makes him unclean… For from the heart come evil
intentions: murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, slander. These
are things that make a man unclean. But to eat with unwashed hands does not
make a man unclean" (Mt 15:10-11,19-20)
- Admitting responsibility
for our actions is a necessary step in changing the human-based evils in our
world (#1848). The grace that allows us to make this admission is a grace
of courage. Understanding the situation is one step, but what is required
is repentance - turning away from sin and toward God again (#1847, 1856,
we must avoid the temptation to wallow in guilt. We must avoid the tendency
to connect guilt or pain with the practice of our religion. We are not holier
if we are in pain. We are holier if we are willing to admit reality,
even if it brings us pain. We must look at neurotic or compulsive behavior
and call it by name so we can look at genuine guilt and real sin and call
them by name. We must avoid that particular disorder of our times wherein
guilt remains unseen even when it is present (#1848). Our call is to recognize
the facts, accept responsibility for our faults, accept the grace of God and
the difficult process of growth in life.