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Your Rooted Habits of Sin, and Mine

You have your list of sins, sister. I have mine, including my favorites, the ones I don’t want to actually stamp out, or, as the Gospel tells us, cut off.

And yet today’s Gospel couldn’t be more clear to me. (See Mark 9:41-50.) We are accountable for the scandal we cause when the child in our community is abused and goes unaided. We are responsible for the little lies we contrive about our own poor choices so our children don’t know right from wrong. We are compelled to root out and destroy our root habits, our sinning with ease, our masking our unfaithfulness to the Church in a shroud of this makes me feel more comfortable.

I’d prefer to claim ignorance or exhaustion as valid hall-passes on my sins. While Our Lord is the Lover of our souls, He’s also the Judge of them. The effect of my indifference to casual sins is a reality. And I will face how deeply I was able to love my husband when days and nights are long for his job, how patiently I helped my older friend with her new computer, how zealously I searched social media instead of my children’s needy faces.

What are the root causes of sin for you, sister? Let’s start fresh, today, and begin again in Him and His way. I’ll be heading to Confession this weekend so give me a spiritual high-five when you get out of that confessional, too! He is waiting, ever-patient, ever-kind. Our very merciful Judge will help us start anew.

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Read through this list of teachings on morality, including the seven deadly sins.

Nell O’Leary is a recovering lawyer turned blogger, speaker, and sewer of baby goods while tending to her husband and four kiddos in the great city of Saint Paul, Minnesota. She serves as Managing Editor for Blessed is She and can down a hot cocoa in no time flat. Find out more about her here. She is the editor of our Blessed Conversations Series  and producer of the Gift of You Series

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11 Comments

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    Angie
    February 28, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Great reading as we approach our entrance into Lent!

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    Andrea Sheehan
    February 28, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Wonderful timing! I will be going to my first confession this evening! Thank you ❤️

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    Mary
    February 28, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Wow, Nell! This was an excellent reflection today. Thank you. I will be looking into myself more to see how I pull away from God and how I neglect my husband and children in pursuit of other things. They are more important and they are the call of my vocation. If I want to one day hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” need to begin now. It can be in the little things that where we stray from God; the ways that are not so obvious, but just as detrimental to our soul and wellbeing as well as setting a bad example to our children and others. You really gave me a lot of food for thought! Thank you again for your reflection.

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    Abby
    February 28, 2019 at 10:58 am

    This reflection really resonated with me. Thank you for sharing, Nell!

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    Susan
    February 28, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you, Nell. Yes, we do many things that honor God and in our imperfection, have many opportunities to improve. I am encouraged that God’s face is always turned toward me, supplying the grace my eager spirit needs to do better.

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    Karen Wilder
    March 3, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you Nell for this reflection. I literally laughed out loud. I am a procrastinator and read this reflection a day late. Hmm, what is my root sin. To top it off 2 days with my thank you but want to give it to you. I have a new beginning everyday. You ladies are all wonderful in reminding us of God unfailing love. Thanks again and God bless

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