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<< Monday, April 10, 2000 >>
 
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
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Psalm 23 John 8:1-11
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A TERM PAPER

 
"How you have grown evil with age! Now have your past sins come to term." —Daniel 13:52
 

There's no fool like an old fool, and there's no sinner like an old sinner. In an old sinner, sins are multiplied and developed, self-deception has become an art form, and the heart is not only hardened but almost fossilized. A case in point is the two old judges, who tried to commit adultery with Susanna and then lied to have her executed. These judges had:

It's difficult to find a sin by itself. Sins come in large groups. It's humanly impossible to stop at committing one sin. Sins are catalytic. They start chain-reactions, which start more chain-reactions, until they crash in repentance or damnation. Therefore:

  • Resist all temptations, even if you have to shed your own blood (Heb 12:4).
  • Repent immediately, before it's too late (see Sir 18:21).
  • Go to Confession at least monthly to prevent sin from escalating.
  • Pray for the Lord to intervene in the lives of sinners, to do the impossible, and to lead us out of sin into repentance.
 
Prayer: Father, make me a messenger of repentance and reconciliation (2 Cor 5:19-20).
Promise: "Jesus said, 'Nor do I condemn you. You may go. But from now on, avoid this sin.' " —Jn 8:11
Praise: Susan promotes frequent Confession by practicing it.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, October 4, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 12, 1999
 
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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