What is Sin? What Are The Seven Deadly Sins?

Last week one of the Lagos groups had another Soul Sunday (Praise & Worship) session and began watching the 7 Deadly Sins, 7 Lively Virtues series. We began with an introductory episode that explored the meaning of sin and what virtues are. We broke up into smaller groups and discussed the provided questions. One of the questions we have answered below:

Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) paragraphs 1849 – 1851 and 1866. What is Sin? What are the Seven Deadly Sins?

Sin, as the Catechism states, is a ‘turning away’ from the truth; a departure from right conscience. Because God is Truth and Goodness, sin amounts to a ‘turning away’ from God. By doing this, the sinner becomes his/her own primary authority. In disobedience, the act of sinning declares divergence from true God and allegiance to a false god: the self. This is fundamentally true of the original sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden. Adam and Eve, by turning away from God, declared themselves to be”like gods.”

The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, anger, envy, avarice, lust, gluttony and sloth. They are called “deadly” because they form grave sinful habits and bring about the tendency toward a deeply sinful nature, which cam harden the heart towards God and his mercy.

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