Spiritual Checkup

I was shocked when a friend was recently diagnosed with cancer. He was younger than me and had been in the pink of health. Fortunately, the cancer was discovered early and surgery was sufficient to save his life...

Sin is like disease. Minor sins (venial sins) like laziness and jealously are similar to the common flu and cough which can be easily cured. Major sins (mortal sins) like murder and adultery are similar to life-threatening diseases like cancer and heart diseases which require more urgent attention. More details about the distinction between minor and major sins can be found here.

The Church is akin to a hospital and priests are like doctors. The good news is that unlike diseases, every sin can be "cured" and forgiven! For Catholics, attending Mass brings forgiveness to venial sins for which one is sorry while going for Confession with sincere repentance brings forgiveness to mortal sins.

When was the last time you went for a spiritual checkup?
"And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." (John 20:22–23)

"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny." (Matthew 5:25-26)

"This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:22-24)


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