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Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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St. Dominic

Numbers 13:1-2, 25—14:1, 26-29, 34-35
Psalm 106:6-7, 13-14, 21-23
Matthew 15:21-28

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"the wages of sin is _____" (rm 6:23).

"Forty years shall you suffer for your crimes: one year for each day. Thus you will realize what it means to oppose Me." —Numbers 14:34

Sin is so bad that when Adam and Eve sinned, human nature became wounded and fallen from that moment till the end of the world.

Sin is so bad that the Israelites were punished with forty years of wandering in a desert because they sinned by refusing to enter the promised land (Nm 14:34).

Sin is so bad that 70,000 people died in a three-day pestilence because of one of David's sins (2 Sm 24:15).

Sin is so bad that millions of innocent people, even children, suffer terribly because of the sins of others (see Mt 15:22).

Sin is so bad that we brutally tortured, crucified, and murdered Jesus by our sins.

Sin is the worst of all evils and the cause of all evils. There would be no way to be freed from sin but for the blood of Jesus shed for us on Calvary.

Therefore, repent of sins, go to Confession, and encourage others to do the same.

Prayer:  Father, I thank You forever for sending Jesus to save me from sin (see 1 Tm 1:15).

Promise:  "Jesus then said in reply, 'Woman, you have great faith! Your wish will come to pass.' That very moment her daughter got better." —Mt 15:28

Praise:  St. Dominic's ideal was "to speak only of God or to God."

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, February 13, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 20, 2001