Monday, June 15, 2015

New Evangelizers Post: Don't Envy Evil

I have a new article up at  

Okay, it’s gut check time again.

As always, it is important to face the evils of this world with boldness and courage.  We live in a world soaked with sin and only good men and women can, by the grace of God, hold back the deluge.

But as our Catholic faith reminds us, it is not enough to outwardly do the right thing, we must inwardly have our hearts aligned to the good.  In other words, fighting against evil is insufficient.  We must fight evil from a pure motive.
And we must be very careful that as we fight evil, we do not envy it.

Sin is that which is contrary to God.  We must do what we can to eradicate sin from our lives and the world.  We fall into sin when we turn away from God and fall for the lie that we can find happiness apart from God.

But the work of the evangelist is to spread the Good News to those who do not know it: to take them from darkness into the light.  But the horrible sin of pride can overshadow the good that we do if we stand in judgment over those we serve.

And most of us have our pet moral peeves: those vices that antagonize us more than others.  For some, it is an aversion to hearing gossip.  To others, it is a distaste for unchastity.  Still others are disgusted by greed and materialism.

Of course we should develop a healthy distaste for what is bad.  But beware the lurking demon of envy.

You can read the entire article here.

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