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<< Friday, January 4, 2002 >> St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (USA)
 
1 John 3:7-10
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Psalm 98 John 1:35-42
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WHAT'S A THREE-LETTER WORD FOR DEATH?

 
"The man who sins belongs to the devil." —1 John 3:8
 

Sin is:

  • rebellion against God,
  • rejecting Jesus, Who loves us so much that He died for us,
  • being deceived, and therefore being manipulated and degraded,
  • slavery and an abuse of freedom,
  • often enjoyable for a while,
  • deadly,
  • pride,
  • denying reality,
  • belonging "to the devil, because the devil is a sinner from the beginning" (1 Jn 3:8),
  • breaking our baptismal covenant,
  • hurting ourselves and others,
  • acting as the devil's child (see 1 Jn 3:10),
  • refusing to love,
  • the cause of all the evils in the world,
  • the way to damnation in hell forever,
  • to be avoided at all costs (see Heb 12:4), and
  • so bad that God became a man and shed His blood to save us from our sins (see 1 Tm 1:15).

Therefore, for God's sake and for love, let us repent of our sins and make frequent use of the privilege of going to Confession. Our Christmas Confessions are a great start to the year. Jesus has died to save us from our sins. May His death not be in vain for us (see 1 Cor 1:17). Repent now!

 
Prayer: Father, send the Holy Spirit to make holy my life, family, Christmas, and year.
Promise: "Look! There is the Lamb of God!" —Jn 1:36
Praise: St. Elizabeth encouraged: "Be above the vain fears of nature and efforts of your enemy. You are children of eternity."
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, May 30, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 4, 2001
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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