a <u>term</u> 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:
- let beauty seduce them (Dn 13:56),
- subverted their consciences by lust (Dn 13:8-9, 56),
- committed adultery (Dn 13:57),
- passed unjust sentences (Dn 13:53),
- condemned the innocent (Dn 13:53), and
- freed the guilty (Dn 13:53).
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