Doing the Evil We Do Not Want

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I promised myself that I was not going to talk about the Synod on the Family in today’s Morning Coffee.  Although I still have much that I want to share with you on that topic (and will do so in tomorrow’s post) I resolved today to return to the scriptures.  And what is the message of Saint Paul in our first reading?  That although we might desire to do the good, and even convince ourselves that our desires are good, we sometimes end up doing the evil  that we do not want.  Isn’t this what we have been reflecting on this week?

Brothers and sisters:
I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh.
The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.
For I do not do the good I want,
but I do the evil I do not want.
Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it,
but sin that dwells in me.
So, then, I discover the principle
that when I want to do right, evil is at hand.
For I take delight in the law of God, in my inner self,
but I see in my members another principle
at war with the law of my mind,
taking me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Miserable one that I am!
Who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Saint Paul give us the antidote.  It is Jesus Christ our Lord, the Son of the Living God. There is no other.  If we can set aside our human desire to justify ourselves God will be merciful to us and reveal his truth to our minds and hearts.

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2 Responses to Doing the Evil We Do Not Want

  1. Jeff Kline says:

    Regarding the Synod, here are links to two reliable commentators who have been on the scene the whole time: Robert Royal and George Weigel.
    http://www.thecatholicthing.org/category/events/synod-report-2015/
    http://www.firstthings.com/tag/synod2015
    They both offer a wealth of information and good sense.
    Come, Holy Spirit ….

  2. Nancy Novicki says:

    I remember attending a Mission at St. Mary’s years ago and when it was
    time for confession a paper for an examination of conscience was handed
    out. To my surprise, I was going to be spending more time with the priest
    then I expected! Probably TMI!

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