Sin Makes You Stupid

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by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 25, 2021   

Vice darkens the intellect and blinds the soul to God

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Communists understand that they must make a society immoral in order for it to prepare it for a transition to their demonic system. 

We are seeing this right now in the United States. Cultural Marxists have worked tirelessly to normalize abortion, sodomy and the destruction of the family. When people are deep in mortal sin, they have great difficulty comprehending truth.

Our Lord said in the Sermon on the Mount, "The pure of heart shall see God." When a soul is in mortal sin, it is impure and it cannot merit any grace since the person has chosen to evict the Holy Trinity from his soul. 

In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul describes how God abandons a soul: "God handed them over to the desires of their own heart for impurity, so that they afflicted their own bodies with indignities among themselves. And they exchanged the truth of God for a lie. And they worshiped and served the creature, rather than the Creator."

Saint Paul continues, "Because of this, God handed them over to shameful passions. And since they did not prove to have God by knowledge, God handed them over to a morally depraved way of thinking, so that they might do those things which are not fitting."

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When a soul wallows in sin and makes it a habit, it's a vice. Both grace and vice take practice, but vice is much easier because of our fallen human nature. Despite the diabolic temper's claims, habitual sin makes people unhappy.

The best description of vice is found in Fr. Francis Spirago's The Catechism Explained, which declares, "Vice is proficiency in the practice of evil, and the confirmed tendency of the will towards evil which is acquired by habitual sin."

His explanation continues, "The habitual sinner is so blinded that he regards abhorrent vices as virtues, and is angry if his attention is drawn to his evil habits, their disgraceful nature and their fatal consequences."

Despite the diabolic temper's claims, habitual sin makes people unhappy.

He notes that a person's ability to comprehend sin does not completely go away. His will — or desire to do good —  is sluggish. A vicious person may be compared to someone who has fallen into a deep sleep. He can be awakened and can make some effort to rise but it's exceptionally difficult.

This is evident from how society reacts to the truth. The very things that formed the bedrock of Western civilization are quickly becoming countercultural.

The remedy to vice is virtue. When men and women embrace the virtuous life, it makes their souls fertile ground for supernatural virtue to grow and flower into its fullness.

Learn more by watching The Download — Sin Makes You Stupid.

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