Seven Deadly Sins

From Death to Life

At last he gasped: ‘Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?
— J.R.R. Tolkein
Jesus says there is nothing broken that won’t be mended, nothing sick that won’t be healed, nothing dead that won’t live again. Because God is making everything sad come untrue.
— Sally Lloyd Jones

John 20:1-10

Sunday, April 5, 2015

From Anger to Affection

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back–in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.
— Frederick Buechner

Proverbs 19:11-12

Sunday, March 29, 2015

From Sloth to Steadfastness

It is not only prayer that gives God glory, but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring...To go to communion worthily gives God great glory, but to take food in thankfulness and temperance gives Him glory, too. To lift up the hands in prayer gives god glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a sloppail, give Him glory too. He is so great that all things give Him glory if you mean they should.
— Gerard Manly Hopkins

Proverbs 13:4

Sunday, March 8, 2015

From Pride to Humility

The real black, diabolical Pride, comes when you look down on others so much that you do not care what they think of you. Of course, it is very right and often our duty, not to care what people think of us, if we do so for the right reason; namely, because we care so incomparably more what God thinks. But the Proud man has a different reason for not caring.
— C.S. Lewis

Proverbs 16:18

Sunday, February 15, 2015