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Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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 (see Acts 3:15).

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 the Sacrament of Reconciliation, 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. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, martyr of Auschwitz, wrote, “There is no chance and every detail has been mapped out in God’s divine providence.”

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Effects of Sin, listen to, download or order our CD 81-3 or DVD 81 on our website.)

Rescript:  In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat for One Bread, One Body covering the period August 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023. Reverend Steve J. Angi, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio January 4, 2023

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