Sodomy

Warning: this article contains graphic content meant for a mature audience.


 

With so much hate in this world and violence being inflicted on God’s children because of their differences, sins or religion, this topic is hardly even mentioned. Yet, it is necessary if we are to really love the people that are being hated for their homosexual behaviors.

“Sodomy.” Many people don’t really know what it means. “Sodomy” is a term used in the Bible to describe unnatural sex (such as anal or oral sex, or homosexual practices), which—if not repented of—can bring upon those who commit it a life of sickness, confusion, and misery. Worse still, it merits an eternity in the fires of hell. Everyone should know this!

No fornicator [sex out side of marriage] or impure person [participates in watching, wearing, speaking, or doing sexual immorality]… has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 2:17)

People who knowingly and willingly choose to commit a grave sin such as sodomy keep themselves—as they would with any mortal sin—from the relationship God desires to have with them. If people don’t repent of their mortal sin(s) with real, actual sorrow during their lives, and stop committing them, then they sadly will end up condemning themselves to eternal suffering when they die.

All mortal sins should be detested, and all of them separate those who commit them from God; but some mortal sins are worse than others, causing a quicker and more complete separation of both actual and sanctifying grace. As taught by the Bible when St. Paul declares homosexual acts as “shameless acts” in Romans 1:26-32 and the Catholic Church concurs that sodomy is one of these—that is, one of the very worst among mortal sins (cf. Genesis 18:20; CCC, #1867; and The Catechism Explained, p. 461).

That of course doesn’t mean that the people who commit such sins are evil people, not at all. They are perhaps ourselves, or our brothers and sisters or our neighbors; they are God’s children and are loved by Our Lord and should be loved by us too, imperfections and all. We all sin various sins and practically everyone has sinned mortally. No matter what sin someone commits we are to love them and support their spiritual progress while encouraging change and repentance from their sinful ways, out of love, for all people are God’s children. And if we love others, we will help them (through prayer and sacrifice) to live a truly wonderful life and that is found by eradicating one’s sins, because it is our offenses that push away God’s love and ruins our life of Joy.

Some think that the homosexual lifestyle is an example of true “love”. However, someone can have the sensation of “love” with same sex relationships–or unnatural sex–but that doesn’t mean what they feel somehow voids God’s law and they are right and God is somehow wrong. It’s quite the opposite in many cases; for the devil gives various forms of worldly gratification (pleasure)—or at least the expectation of it—for all sins to get people to keep pursuing them. God’s truths are not proven wrong by a person’s feelings; even if a person suffered from homosexual tendencies from an early age–possibly from the consequence of ancestral sin on their soul. God’s laws are not voided or changed for that person. Sexual sins, even if they feel good, are still sins, and the consequences of those sins remain. Of course that doesn’t mean there’s no hope for those who suffer from temptations towards them: prayer, sacrifice, self-control, fasting, and abstinence are real options given by God to help fight off such desires and combined with the loving support of the Catholic community can result in great healing and change. “Training us to renounce impiety [unholiness] and worldly passions [such as sexual immorality], and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly” (Titus 2:12).

No sin has greater power over the soul than the one of cursed sodomy [unnatural sexual behaviors such as anal or oral sex], which was always detested by all those who lived according to God.
–Saint Bernardine of Siena

Sexual sins are spoken about over and over again in the Bible as being the most grievous of evils.(see Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 20:13, Proverbs 5:20-23, Matthew 5:28, Mark 7:20-23, Acts 15:20, Romans 1:25-28, 1 Corinthians 6:13, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Peter 2:11, 1 John 2:16, Jude 1:7, Revelation 22:15, etc.).

we-are-called-to-be-holyThe apostle Paul tells us to, “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). Even during an apparition (visit from the Mother of God) in Fatima, Portugal, the Blessed Mother said, “More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh [sexual sins] than for any other reason.”  Yet, today’s society has turned a blind eye to such warnings, embracing these crimes against God, welcoming such sins and even desiring them for entertainment purposes. Sexual sins are now becoming commonplace even among our innocent children.

Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators [sexual relations outside of marriage that has been bound before God], idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites [people who participate in homosexual or other unnatural sexual acts], thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)


This salvation we all want isn’t simply given to someone because they say, “I accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.” Those who believe that to be the only requirement for salvation are being deceived. Look into it further, your eternal life might depend on it. The Bible teaches you have to work for your salvation.

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
(Philippians 2:12)

A person’s faith—the faith they need in order to be saved—is proven by their actions (cf. James 2:18), for “faith without works is dead” (James 2:14-26). Words of love and belief are meaningless if the speaker’s actions do not back them up; the words become little more than a lie.

God tells us to be holy (cf. 1 Peter 1:16); yet so many Christians support—and some even live out—forms of sodomy such as the gay lifestyle. Anyone who has seen what goes on at a gay night club can tell, based on the various Scriptures quoted above, that this kind of lifestyle is far from holy; its whole existence is based on uncontrolled, unnatural passions and perverted sex. Where is the faith of the Christians who support this? I’m not saying the people who participate in this life are bad people, they have simply been delusioned as to what will bring them a life of true joy by partaking in very unholy acts. If faith is proven by works, the “works” being done in those clubs is far from a holy life of chastity Our Lord says we must live.

I have in my heart such love and concern for the precious children of God who are caught up in dangerous sins like the gay lifestyle. We must pray for these wonderful people’s conversions. Now, so far it might seem like I’m pointing my finger at sodomy as being the only sin of sexual immorality or the only grievous sin; but if someone were to read the other articles on this site (or even the rest of this page), they would see that I’m “pointing my finger” at all sin, especially all mortal sin. Any one mortal sin a person commits is just as spiritually deadly (deserving of hell) as any other; all such people are equally choosing eternal life without Christ in the unquenchable fire where there is no rest, if they choose to commit such sins and not repent with true sorrow before their death. Yet, like I said earlier the more grievous the mortal sin the further away from the light one becomes. This is of course not just for those who knowingly and willingly commit the grave sin of sodomy, but for any very grave mortal sin as well. Sodomy, however, is a major issue—especially in today’s society—which is why I believe it should be addressed as I’ve been doing here.

God did not call us to impurity but to holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7).

Over and over again, in various different ways, God has warned us that if we don’t obey His commands (the entire moral teaching of the Bible, as interpreted by His Church) we won’t inherit eternal life. Jesus has also made clear that “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). When someone loves God, they will trust Him and His laws and will do as He asks (or at least try their best to), and will be deeply sorrowful when they fail. A person can’t just say they love God, not really mean it (made obvious by the fact that they disobey His commandments), and still expect salvation; yet, this is exactly what Satan convinces many people to believe, allowing him to own their souls.

A lot of people choose to do as they please, disregarding God’s commands either because they think them too hard to follow, or because they’ve decided following them isn’t “required” for their salvation. Granted, God’s commands are only easy when we have the grace to easily follow them, but to say it’s unnecessary to try to obey, or try to receive the grace—through prayer, fasting and sacrificing—to help you obey them is so far from the truth; rather, God asks His children to “be perfect” (Matthew 5:48), which means doing his will perfectly. Impossible as it may seem in this life, God wants us to strive to be perfect, growing as close to this perfection as they can should be every person’s ultimate goal.

Having this kind of standard set down before them should show people that they must strive to literally “sin no more” (cf. John 8:11). They need to desire to never offend God with their sins, and prove that desire by actually doing what it takes to stop sinning. What He wants is our best effort to avoid sin as much as we possibly can. How much can people really say that they love Jesus as their Lord and Savior if they aren’t willing to do all they can to obey His requests? Do they really love Him, or is their Christian “faith” little more than a lie? Believing in God—loving Him with all of our hears, soul, mind and strength is living His Word since the “Word became Flesh” (John 1:14). They need to ask themselves: who is going to tell them they need to do less to merit eternal life—God or the devil? Heaven is only for those who truly love God, which—again—is something proven or disproven by one’s actions.

There are many who arrive at the faith [become Catholic Christians], but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom (St. Pope Gregory the Great).

God has been so generous and merciful, not only in sending His only Son to suffer and die to save those who love Him, but also for giving mankind the Bible and the Church for guidance on how to love Him and thus be saved. This gives people a much more secure opportunity to do what is right in the hope of salvation, instead of being led astray and deceived by the devil. But despite the numerous signs of guidance God has put up to direct us down the narrow path of goodness, Jesus points out that “there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14).

our-hearts-know-the-truthOf course, God never had to “spell out” the basics of good and evil; people were created from the start with the innate knowledge of right from wrong. That is why God punished the entire planet with the great flood of Noah and destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gamorah before the “law” was given to Moses. Divine Revelation (God’s revelation of himself to man, as recorded in the Bible and interpreted by the Church) is a gift, which helps mankind to know explicitly how to do what is right even in its fallen state. Most of the time, sadly, we choose to ignore it or justify our wrongful choices.

The commandments of the Decalogue [10 commandments], although accessible to reason alone, have been revealed. To attain a complete and certain understanding of the requirements of the natural law [a person’s innate sense of right from wrong], sinful humanity needed this revelation: ‘A full explanation of the commandments of the Decalogue became necessary [from God’s great mercy] in the state of sin because the light of reason was obscured and the will had gone astray’ (CCC, 2071, qtg. St. Bonaventure).

People use many different faulty excuses to avoid obeying the “natural law, present in the heart of each man” (CCC, 1956), such as “If I’m not hurting anyone, there’s nothing wrong with it,” or “What I’m doing isn’t that bad.” A person desperate only to avoid feeling wrong or guilty may invent any and every excuse to justify their actions. This shows forth one of the devil’s most effective strategies for stealing souls: getting people to deceive themselves (lie to themselves) into thinking even their worst sins are trivial if not altogether harmless actions. For if someone begins denying that their sins are indeed sinful, they can easily become convinced that, as long as something “feels” good, it isn’t wrong—at which point they’ve fallen headlong into Satan’s trap.

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 10:26).

The devil has convinced many people to not even think about the concept of right from wrong in order to keep them ensnared. It’s a cunning strategy: if people are focusing solely on satisfying themselves or others through worldly pleasures, then of course they’ll keep deceiving themselves regarding “inconvenient” things like morality, thereby remaining spiritually dead from their sins and walking straight into hell. Their willful—and at times vehement—ignorance of their having done any wrong puts them in a fearful situation. Praise God for the Bible and the Church! The Holy Spirit works through these things to shine light into the darkness of sin, and thus helps these people to wake up and see the need for repentance.

grevious-sin

Before God’s grace transformed my wretched soul, I myself was involved in sexual immorality. Nobody had to tell me it was wrong; I knew it very well. But, since it felt good, I ignored my conscience and filled myself up with lustful pleasures.
Initially, sexual gratification seems to be very pleasing. Satan uses this as a lure to drag people into the highly-ensnaring vice of impurity. Many souls are lost from lustful passion that builds up within them, which they’re further convinced is a good thing through others’ praises, compliments, and sexual stimulation.
I’m not proud of my sinful past; my sins were an offense against my wonderful Lord, Whom I was failing to love with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. But God was so incredibly loving and merciful to me! Once I acknowledged my sinful ways as being sinful, and became truly sorry for them, I repented and was able to change! God then forgave me, perfectly! I’m now so greatly blessed with a life filled with real joy through God’s graces, free from the pain those sins were causing me.

God expects His children to know good from evil as the best they can and to act rightly on that knowledge, and He understands that a person’s capacity for knowing and acting can be limited by their weakened, sinful nature. He has shown both His justice and His mercy time and time again, based on what His children do with their individual knowledge, understanding, and ability (see, for instance, the “Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25:14-30). Among examples of God’s justice are when Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Gethsemane for disobeying Him, and when He destroyed all of mankind (with the exception of Noah’s family) for their wickedness with the Great Flood. In both cases, God had already given His children enough understanding of right from wrong to have been able to expect them to know better; but, obviously, they failed.

NOTHING-HOLYAnother perfect example of divine justice is when it flared up at the sins His children were committing in Sodom and Gomorrah. He literally destroyed both of these cities—and their inhabitants—for indulging in unnatural sexual immorality (see Genesis 19). Remember, this took place before the time of Moses and the formal giving of the Mosaic law, which included God’s rules against sexual immorality. This means that God expected these people of Sodom and Gomorrah to know that the things they were doing were sinful without needing to be specifically told. Since they deliberately refused to avoid sexual abominations, God’s justice was so inflamed by their offenses that He obliterated them without warning. Aside from bringing about justice for these people’s crimes against themselves, this incident will hopefully serve as an indication for the rest of God’s children of just how serious these kinds of sins are, and will thereby help them to steer clear of such actions in their own lives.

Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 7).

sodomy

Someone who lived practicing the vice of sodomy [unnatural sexual acts] will suffer more pains in Hell than anyone else, because this is the worst sin that there is.
(Saint Bernardine of Siena)

By these examples and quotes, I’m not saying that every sin is automatically understood by everyone to be sinful, without their in any way needing to be taught it. Depending on circumstances and fallen human nature, some people may honestly need to be taught that certain things are sinful. Only God knows for sure in each person’s particular case. This does not deny, however, the reality of the natural law built in to the heart of man. We can choose to block out God’s knowledge He gave to all of us or someone else can teach you the opposite is true (the sins of others affect us), but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

No one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1860).

Like many of today’s sinners, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah already knew in their hearts that their behaviors were wrong; God didn’t need to give them the Bible or the Church to tell them that. Their deliberately choosing to go against what they knew was right in order to sinfully satisfy their sinful desires was why they received punishment—as will be the people of today who insist on committing such sins.

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body [the punishment will be in his own body].
(1 Corinthians 6:18)

HIV-and-herpiesOne of the ways that unnatural sexual sins in particular can bring about suffering—outside the eternal punishment of hell—is through their temporal consequences (consequences which take place within time rather than lasting for eternity—cf. CCC, 1472). For example, people who commit homosexual sins can incur liver problems, various terminal (or often terminal) cancers, and a decrease in life expectancy of two to three decades (see Jeffrey Satinover, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth). Another sad consequence of these kinds of sins is that STDs (sexually transmitted diseases spread more prevalent through anal sex, such as AIDS) are that much more likely to eventually be contracted by people who themselves are completely innocent of sexual immorality.
One might think that this would be enough make most people realize that anal sex (which is unnatural) must be something seriously wrong; yet, many still aren’t convinced that they need to follow God’s laws in order to be free of such self-inflicted punishments.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification [to go to heaven]: that you abstain from fornication [sexual immorality]; that each one of you know how to control your own body in holiness and honor [self-control], not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God.
(1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

A person doesn’t have to be homosexual to practice sodomy; even married, heterosexual couples sometimes partake in perverted and unnatural sexual practices. Being married, even in the Catholic Church, doesn’t make a couple free from moral responsibility concerning sexuality. Sexual pleasure is meant to be enjoyed only in the context of giving love to one’s spouse and with an openness to procreation (cf. CCC, 2351-2352), not in the vast number of sinful ways in which people try and satisfy their sexual desires.

poronography-is-not-holySodomy and Pornography and all of the previsions they encourage has destroyed the purity and beauty of sexual intimacy in many marriages and abroad, and has made sexuality into just another nasty devil-driven addiction sought only to gain personal pleasure.

Tragically, so many people have given into temptation towards these sins that even children now willingly participate in such acts which are destroying their lives as well. Children as young as upper middle school struggle to discern what is evil concerning sexuality in our corrupt world. Many of these children, from a lack of education regarding sexuality and silence on the part of the Christians who should be teaching them, are swayed by the majority of society into practicing sodomy and fornication themselves, and are having their lives and their happiness destroyed as a consequence.


I’m going to become more graphic for a while, as I speak about a real couple who committed sexual sins (sodomy among others) and the consequences they suffered for it (which are typical of such sins).

families-life-destroied-by-sexual-imoralityA woman I sometimes counsel, whom I will call “Betty” to keep her real name confidential, was for years happily married and practicing her Catholic faith. After time, however, she developed severe depression, a lack of self-esteem, marriage problems, a lot of confusion over what God’s “real truth” was, and many other anxieties.

She spent much of her time saying, “I don’t believe that” in regards to the teachings of the Catholic Church so as to continue living life as she sees fit while suffering from not living the whole truth. Although she professed she is Catholic, since that was the faith she was baptized into, she, like many, has created her own faith based on what she thinks is right and wrong. Even though she’s practically drowning in pain due to the consequences of her choices, she still somehow thinks that she’s wiser than the Church which Christ founded and is guided to this day by the Holy Spirit.

Betty’s problems began when her husband started partaking in the grave sin of pornography, to which he subsequently became addicted. He began to not feel satisfied in their married life with Betty, and sought satisfaction from other women.

Betty knew all along of her husband’s wrong choices, yet surprisingly, she wasn’t angered by it. Rather, she simply wanted to “win” him back. In an effort to regain his affections, she began to perform every immoral perverted sexual act you can think of. She began to feel so disgusted by it all, found no sexual gratification for herself, and would actually call upon the devil for an orgasm.

As Betty was telling me all of this, her face was filled with shame; yet she didn’t want to stop what she was doing for fear something worse would happen which she believed would be losing her husband. She wouldn’t accept the fact that when people commit terrible sins, terrible consequences always follows. She couldn’t let go of the false notion that she was in control over everything regardless of the sins she chose to commit. Because she was unwilling to change her ways, her behavior went on for some time and went from bad to worse.

WITH-OUT-GRACEEventually, her husband, after loosing bounds of grace from God, didn’t have the ability to make sound choices anymore and did an unethical act at his work causing Him to be fired from his long-standing, very secure job. Now both husband and wife were severely depressed and more miserable than ever. To try to escape this misery, Betty’s husband turned to alcohol, to find some release from the pain, at which point he began to abuse her. This, of course, caused Betty even more psychological problems, bringing her to the point where she could hardly cope with her life and was almost incapable of functioning.

Betty’s depression increased to the point of her having suicidal thoughts, and she began to go back and forth between medications that seemed to be little or no help. She eventually separated from her husband, who—now jobless—moved in with a new lover and soon filed for divorce with Betty. His pornographic addiction and adulterous love affair still had not ended.

Shortly after her husband lost his job, Betty and her husband left the unity of Catholic Church altogether and joined a Fellowship Church. Sadly, Betty stuck with this church, even after her husband and she divorced, on account of the nice friends she met there, seeming to forget Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist (Communion) and the true forgiveness and grace the sacrament of reconciliation delivers in the Catholic Church never mind the fact that the Catholic Church is the only Church Jesus actually founded.

After her divorce, since she felt she couldn’t be without some sort of masculine affection, Betty quickly began looking for a replacement for her husband. She started going to night clubs–ignorant that environment is mostly a prelude to fornication–hoping to find someone to give her the “fulfillment” she craved, unaware that Jesus could give her all the genuine fulfillment she needed. Through all of this, she still thought of herself as a righteous woman who followed God’s laws, and was strongly against premarital sex. She was disappointed to find that a desire for this seemed to be the main reason anyone she could find at the “clubs” would date her.

Then one day, her neighbors spouse died of cancer. Since they knew and liked each other, they began to date. However, immorality was present right from the outset. Betty began to tell me of various immoral encounters they had, even oral sex. I was so saddened. But Betty, from a lack of grace which brings poor judgement, was happy with the situation; she thought that since there was no sexual intercourse, she wasn’t committing any sins. Yet, even in her new situation, she was a yo, yo of emotions and continued to suffer greatly experiencing no real improvement on account of her continued sins..

Even thought the knowledge of right from wrong was present deep within her conscience, Betty just couldn’t see as her compiling sins darkened her understanding. She was like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, who knew the truth innately but chose to turn their backs on it so as to continue gratifying themselves blocking the obvious truth from her mind so as to continue feeling gratified by her new relationship. Sadly, even with me telling her the truth, like God has done for us with the Bible, she still chose to live life as she wished.

In the hopes of saving Betty’s soul by helping her to see the light, I began to gently point out some verses from the Bible which stated that sexual immorality can make people deserving of hell. Her response was that, since “oral sex” wasn’t specifically spelled out as evil in the Bible (or so she thought), her actions were fine and “loving” rather than unnatural and immoral. She had convinced herself that sexual immorality referred only to dressing provocatively and having sexual intercourse outside of marriage (both of which she avoided).

My next strategy to try and enlighten Betty was to compare her lifestyle with how she wanted her young daughter to live (she and her husband had had a child who was in middle school). I asked her, “Would you be okay if your daughter had a boyfriend and she did the things you did?” I was horrified by her reply: “Yes,” she said, “as long as she loved him and was responsible.” Yikes, it then became apparent that she had almost, if not completely, blinded herself to God’s will through her sins and stubbornness. I was so saddened so see that she’d fallen into such a state.

I’d had half a dozen other arguments lined up to try and convince Betty of her error, but at that point I realized from my past experiences with speaking with the blind and deaf, no matter what is said, no matter how clear I was, they simply don’t have the grace to understand. It seemed fairly obvious for the time being that Betty had neither the grace nor the desire to see the truth, and she could have built up even more resistance to it if I were to relentlessly pursue the matter. I determined that the greatest good, in order to save her soul, was to offer prayers, fasting, and sacrifices to God on her behalf for Him to transform her.

Sadly, when someone is so blind, no matter what sin it might have stemmed from, you can talk and talk till you are blue in the face, and give them proof after proof of God’s laws, consequences (like: oral sex results in std’s and cancer, etc.) and they still won’t understand (believe) a thing you are saying. That is a sign to stop talking. Therefore do as the Gospel says…love with your actions, before you preach the gospel in words, and then preach patiently (cf. 2 Timothy 4).

To those who can see the errors of their blinded brethren, it seems almost impossible how anyone could think and believe so wrongly; but this should act as proof of the reality of grace. It’s an absence of sanctifying grace (an absence brought about by mortal sin) and actual grace (God’s help) that distorts people’s thinking over what’s good and what’s evil, thereby causing and maintaining disasters in their lives.

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
(Romans 8:7)

Betty obviously sought counseling more for a loving ear than for actual guidance, since she rejected almost all of the advice I gave her (which could very well have helped her had she taken it). She also only pursued “help” every few months, which wouldn’t even have been that effective for someone who’d been open to the help. But that’s just the thing: even if she’d received counseling weekly but lacked the desire to change, the counseling would have done her no good. She would have continued to suffer due to her resolute separation from God. People suffering from sin, who refuse to change, need to call upon the righteous to pray and pray fervently for them in order to receive the grace to sincerely desire to change.

The world is as confused as it is today because so many people are suffering the consequences of mortal sins they refuse to repent of and change, which blind them to true goodness and cuts them off from any hope of genuine peace in this life. Betty’s husband, for instance, was once an upstanding citizen (not extraordinarily holy, but not having his soul torn up by countless grievous sins); but he became spiritually weakened through his dealings with pornography. This caused him to make a number of other bad choices, committing sins at work, abusing his wife, leaving the Catholic Church, and partaking in adultery and divorce. Ultimately, his sins wrecked not only his own life, but also the lives of his wife (through her sins in response to them—though obviously she’s responsible for her own actions) and his daughter—and who-knows-how-many more lives through them. The fruits of his sins are evident, and those very same kinds of fruits are being spread all over the world due to similar sins.

What people should be getting out of this account is that anxiety, depression, and misery—though such things can come in ways people can’t help, such as through mental disorders—mostly arise from their own weakness, poor judgment, or bad choices. One thing they can do when they have these things is to try and find where they’re falling short of God’s will (or where they’ve fallen short of it in the past, since they could feeling negative effects of past sins). Understanding why they do something sinful or feel horrible can give the enlightenment someone needs to know what needs to be changed. It may take time and effort for a person to figure out what this is and put a stop to it; but once they can see what God’s will really is and change to walk in accordance with it, they will find that they are experiencing greater joy and peace in their lives since it is sin that brings upon hopeless pain. But praise God, He is waiting to help the truly sorry sinner who desires to change and live His Word for a life of joy.

Among adults there are few saved because of sins of the flesh [sexual sins] … With the exception of those who die in childhood, most men will be damned. (Saint Remigius)

The above quote from St. Remigius is a truly scary thought, something that ought to inspire people to desire chastity inside and outside of their marriage which is exactly what God told us to do with sexual temptations. This is very possible for us. We aren’t wild animals who can’t learn self-control; and even if we struggle with sinful sexual impulses, we know that God will not give us a temptation beyond our ability to overcome (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).

As Christians who understand the need for this chastity, how can we help to save a world so spiritually dead from its own sins that it’s become blinded to its errors? It can only be done through the Blood of Christ and the way of the cross.

If we pray, perform acts of love, fast, and must importantly SACRIFICE (things we should actually do instead just think about) for for the lost, then conversion will happen through the Blood of Christ. “Denying our selves [sacrifice] and picking up our crosses daily” (cf. Luke 9:23) Doing what Jesus actually did; is what brings about the grace from Jesus’ blood on the cross that will be delivered to those dying from their spiritual blindness. The entire body of the Church should be doing this daily. We are called to do what Jesus did which is: intentionally choose the cross for grace to be given for blinded sinners.

It may seem hard to believe, but grace can indeed be sent through our daily crosses, and much of it. For instance, if there’s something you enjoy doing that isn’t necessarily furthering God’s will—such as watching TV, browsing the internet, shopping, dining out or eating desserts, or any number of other things—give it up for a period of time. This is how we intentionally choose the way of the cross through sacrificing. Not everyone can do a great deal of sacrificing, but everyone can do something, offering it up for the salvation of lost souls. St. Theresa would sacrifice crossing her legs while sitting, since it was somewhat less comfortable, in order to have a sacrifice to offer for poor sinners. We can do this too.