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Stop the Compulsion to Sin Now

by Otto Schulze, Reader, Psalter, and Brother Assistant to Father McKenna.
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Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death..."

How many times have we read or heard that epithet?

Isn't it time we act on that alarming epithet within our governments and society so that we can clean up our Society from a ravaging plague to end all plagues? Do we not tire of wars, famine, and suffering? Are we not ready for a change?

Well, then, now that we have your attention! Archbishop Fulton Sheen tells us that all of this starts with you. If you know the truth as a Catholic Christian, then preach it to others! If you are beseiged with temptation to sin, and have the very persona of Agent 666 living in you, today is your day to crowd out that persona with a new love, a new creation: Agent 777, who is Christ Jesus, our Lord. Invoke G-d to cleanse you from all unrighteousness, and to help you to stand up for righteousness and clean living. With G-d, you can do it. However, without the help and assistance of the G-d of Abraham, none of us can do anything well enough to succeed in displacing sin with goodness. Those, who attempt that work without the assistance of the G-d of Abraham, are doomed to failure in their personal quest to eradicate sin from their lives, and consequently, they make a shipwreck of their short lives. Therefore, don't delay, see your priest confessor and get cleansed and delivered from sin. Then you can shout victory to the Word of G-d: Eternal Lord, Jesus Christ. One is Holy, One is Lord, Jesus Christ, to the Glory of G-d the Father. Amen.

St. John Chrysostom, in his Homily XII on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, has the following to say about the subject:

"Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” After speaking of the wages of sin, in the case of the blessings, he has not kept to the same order (τάξιν, rank or relation): for he does not say, the wages of good deeds, “but the gift of God;” to show, that it was not of themselves that they were freed, nor was it a due they received, neither yet a return, nor a recompense of labors, but by grace all these things came about. And so there was a superiority for this cause also, in that He did not free them only, or change their condition for a better, but that He did it without any labor or trouble upon their part: and that He not only freed them, but also gave them much more than before, and that through His Son. And the whole of this he has interposed as having discussed the subject of grace, and being on the point of overthrowing the Law next. That these things then might not both make them rather listless, he inserted the part about strictness of life, using every opportunity of rousing the hearer to the practice of virtue. For when he calls death the wages of sin, he alarms them again, and secures them against dangers to come. For the words he uses to remind them of their former estate, he also employs so as to make them thankful, and more secure against any inroads of temptations. Here then he brings the hortatory part to a stop, and proceeds with the doctrines again, speaking on this wise. Romans 7:1 'Know ye not, brethren, for I speak to them that know the Law.' Since then he had said, we are “dead to sin,” he here shows that not sin only, but also the Law, hath no dominion over them. But if the Law hath none, much less hath sin: and to render his language palatable, he uses a human example to make this plain by. And he seems to be stating one point, but he sets down at once two arguments for his proposition. One, that when a husband is dead, the woman is no longer subject to her husband, and there is nothing to prevent her becoming the wife of another man: and the other, that in the present case it is not the husband only that is dead but the wife also. So that one may enjoy liberty in two ways. Now if when the husband is dead, she is freed from his power, when the woman is shown to be dead also, she is much more at liberty. For if the one event frees her from his power, much more does the concurrence of both. As he is about to proceed then to a proof of these points, he starts with an encomium of the hearers, in these words, “Know ye not, brethren, for I speak to them that know the Law,” that is, I am saying a thing that is quite agreed upon, and clear, and to men too that know all these things accurately, “How that the Law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?” He does not say, husband or wife, but “man,” which name is common to either creature; “For he that is dead,” he says, “is freed (Gr. justified) from sin.” The Law then is given for the living, but to the dead it ceaseth to be ordained (or to give commands). Do you observe how he sets forth a twofold freedom?"

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We ask You to Bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when and if they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rites of Your Holy Mysterions within the Bosom of the Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O Heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in Your Holy Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome - for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us - this great land will always be "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Authorized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC, dated 2012.

Through the prayers of the Most Holy Theotokos, the Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna, the Prophet and Glorious Forerunner, John the Baptizer, together with the Holy Fathers and the Holy Mothers of the Church, and all the Saints, Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us and save us. Amen.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.