Curing Sinphobia

Modern man is afflicted with a deadly disease.  This disease most often strikes not at the body, but at the soul.  This disease knows no boundaries.  It has reached epidemic proportions afflicting the young and old just as oft as those of middle age.  What is this disease of which I speak?  It’s a disease called sinphobia.

What is sinphobia?  Sinphobia is a fear.  It’s not a fear of sinning—for most surely we have no fear of that!  Rather sinphobia is the fear of speaking of sin as sin.  Sinphobics are so prevalent in our culture today, that it would be no stretch at all to call us a sinphobic society.

Who cares about sinphobia anyway?  Why not say instead: well I know what I think sin is, but if those others over there want to go ahead sinning, and saying it’s something good, and they think that’s okay, then I am not offended at all. The problem with this thinking is that sin is not about what offends me.  Sin is what offends God!  If we love God, then shouldn’t we be offended by what offends Him?

Furthermore, when sins are left unchecked by society, they multiply, and quicker than a lion tamer’s whip can crack, our sins and our brother’s sins are affecting all of us.  Sin never occurs in a vacuum.  Its effect is a rippling one.  Like a pebble tossed onto a smooth pond, sin’s impact moves outward from the individual to society at large, affecting us all.

Sinphobic societies are dangerous places to live.  If one can no longer refer to sin as sin, then we shall soon stop speaking of sin at all.  If we can no longer speak about sin, then we cannot anymore preach or teach about sin either.  And with no one to preach or teach about sin, how then can we ever learn the truth about sin?  It would seem that no place on earth exists anymore where the truth about sin might be spoken.  When the truths cannot be spoken, we soon find ourselves swimming in a cesspool of lies.  The lies can be spiritually deadly, and guide us away from truth and towards a mentality of political correctness.

Sinphobia impacts how we vote.  And this is where the devilish monster of sinphobia rears its most grotesque head. Cultures who cannot speak of sin, who believe there is no sin, typically elect leaders who believe there is no sin.  And Heaven help politicians who call a sin a sin in a sinphobic society—as a complete head-to-toe tar and feathering most likely awaits them!

Elected leaders who believe there is no sin can enact unjust laws—like abortion and euthanasia—with reckless disregard of sin, and of God’s moral laws.  The pattern becomes somewhat of a downward spiral for us all, a spiral in which our own sinphobic tendencies take us even further away from God through those we elect, and the unjust laws they proceed to enact.   Sin creates a proclivity to sin… (CCC1865)

Just as sinphobia impacts the political landscape, so too the disease impacts teachers, and what can and cannot be taught in school.  Sinphobia is what gives license to teachers to furnish impure sex “education” to students, but blocks teachers from teaching truths about sin.  If we could but cure ourselves of our sinphobia, we would be free in the classroom and elsewhere to declare the truth, as 11-year-old St. Maria Goretti so vehemently did to Alessandro Sereneli “It is a sin.  God does not want it!”  So how can sinphobia be cured?  Here are three steps we can take.

First, there is a lovely Lady in Heaven who had no problem talking about sin, even to young children.  In 1917, our Blessed Mother showed the children of Fatima a vision of hell, with souls falling into it for their sins, most especially their sins of the flesh. A big to-do was made of it all where our Lady promised a miracle on October 13th, 1917.   On this day the “Miracle of the Sun”  was witnessed by a crowd of 70,000 including non-believers.  It was documented by a secular press.  Heaven tried hard to get our attention at Fatima.  Are we listening?

We can listen to the Fatima message and do what Our Lady asked of us there (pray the Rosary, establish a devotion to her Immaculate Heart, ask pardon for our signs and stop offending God).  Or we can go on lamenting the evils of this world, and ignoring our Lady and the few simple things she asked—the few things she said would bring peace to the world!  She promised that in the end her “Immaculate Heart will triumph.”  If we do what our Lady asked of us, she will bring peace to the world, first by bringing peace to our souls.  She will help us see the truth about sin, and speak this truth as well.

Secondly, we can listen not only to our Heavenly Mother but to our Holy Mother Church, and her teachings.  Here we’ll learn that if we want to make it to our final home in heaven and be more like God, then sin is simply not the way to go.  The Catechism tells us how sin robs us of our resemblance to God (CCC 705), how some sins are mortal (CCC 1855) and some sins “cry out to heaven” (CCC 1867).  There are capital sins which we really want to avoid as they engender other sins.  The capital sins are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony and sloth. (CCC1866)   Scripture teaches:

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal.5:19-21)…  Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)

Finally, we can ask God through prayer to show us our sins.  We can trust He will be more than happy to answer that prayer.  We may not like the answer.  But if we honestly pray, then we can trust He will honestly answer.  Just as we can trust that He, who loves us infinitely more than anyone, would like infinitely more than anyone, to see us at last in full recovery from our sinphobia—and living in Truth.

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  • http://prairiehawk.me PrairieHawk

    I am reminded of the recent uproar over Republican Senate Candidate Christine McDonnell (Delaware), who committed the unforgivable offense of referring to a certain sexual behavior, which the Church calls “intrinsically gravely disordered,” as a “sin.” Well, it is a sin. If I lived in Delaware, McDonnell would have my vote almost no matter what else she supported.

  • http://www.catholicexchange.com Mary Kochan

    Funny you should mention that… I saw it and sent out an appeal to some of my writers to make a response and this came back from dear Mary Anne.

  • sinaphobe

    What would you label the lawmakers who kowtow to corporations that foul our precious God created Earth? Those lawmakers on the right (repubs) that fall over backwards to (remember Barton) appease those who are destroying our planet. In fact, without a planet, we will not have to worry about the bad sins (sex) the lesser sin of destroying the planet will take care of everything else. How about the lawmakers who believe that giving the top 2% income generators in the nation (avg $8.3 million anually) even more $$$$$, while those who work their tail ends off for min. wage are laughed at and nazel gazed upon after 8 hours of work, because while doing their jobs: washing dishes, cleaning toilets, scrubbing floors, washing clothes, loading trucks, and many more occupations, they may not be dressed to the nines or have the best of attitudes. These little-people who work their butts off for their pitiful wages do not have enough $$$ at the end of the day to pay all bills, so they go into more debt, encouraging even more nazel gazes from the many who sit on a pedastal and stare down upon them because they may look somewhat like a sloth after a rough day of washing dishes.
    So do you think God would want to give the vile greedy rich more $$$$? Or do you think it is possible that we have a God that truly cares about people, and thinks instead of giving the vile greedy another $$$$$ handout, lets double the min. wage for the hardworking little-people of the flock who cannot gain any financial freedoms unless they are extremely lucky. Would a loving God deny anyone healthcare, education, citizenship, access to wealth and respect? I do not think so! You people think that the repubs are for God, you are saddly mistaken, God does not have a care to any political party. Political parties are manmade not God made. In Gods Arena, there is no politics or vile filthy greedy.

  • http://www.catholicexchange.com Mary Kochan

    Little people? LITTLE PEOPLE!

    Little people without financial freedom?

    Uh, what country are you talking about?

    Would that be the country where a college student washes dishes for a living while he he gets an engineering degree and goes from minimum wage to six figures in 5 years?

    Would that be the country where the clothes washer and her husband save up enough to buy a laundromat and then turn it into a chain?

    Would that be the country where the truck loader is studying accounting at night until he starts doing friends’ taxes one April and gradually builds up his own firm — and gets his old employer as a client?

    Would it be the country where a 54 year old woman was released from prison in 2003, got $400 from a well off friend (one of your greedy rich), purchased a sewing machine and today has six machines and thriving home business selling tailor made clothes and high-end drapes and upholstery products (and recently told her success story on Nashville TV)?

    Because that’s the country I live in.

    You obviously think you live in another country, and I think you should!

  • sinaphobe

    Oh yes everyone who works for pitiful wages gets breaks in life and then continues to great success. They work there way through college only to find that there are indeed zero jobs. When they finaly do get a decent job, they have to kowtow to the management on a daily basis and if for some reason on their way to work they pull over and help ol grandma change her tire and then continue on to work albeit a bit late they get written up because this country thinks that 2 minutes is the end all.

  • http://www.catholicexchange.com Mary Kochan

    I’m truly sorry that you are so miserable and don’t know any decent, kind, AND successful people. That is very sad.

    For some strange reason I know many of the kind of people that you seem to think don’t exist…

    I don’t want to speculate, but there is that old saying about birds of a feather, you know.

    I recently read a book by career coach Dan Miller, in which he pointed out that your level of income was usually the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with! Isn’t that interesting?

    People who have goals, plan to achieve them, act to carry out their plan and persevere by using defeats and set backs as stepping stone to their future usually don’t get together to complain and be miserable and don’t want to be around people who do.

    Try to find Dave Ramesey on the radio in your area and listen to his show every day. You need to load a different mentality into your brain. You might even need to watch Joel Olsteen. (Yeah, yeah, I know all about why his theology stinks, but at least he is positive!)

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  • http://www.rosarymeds.com prayharder

    I know sinaphobe has probably moved on to railing against capitalism in some other thread, but I felt like feeding the troll a little. Since sinaphobe likes to talk in stereotypes, I’ll respond with some generalizations and anecdotes. How many people out there have been fired because they helped someone change a tire? Or better yet, for those who are managers, have you ever fired someone for being a few minutes late because they helped someone in need? Just how common is the scenario sinophobe describes?

    Sinophobe, you act surprised and disgusted that people have to follow a set a rules and guidelines at work. You act like it is something strange that we have to follow the rules and directions of those who manage us at work. But that is how civilization has behaved for thousands of years. Show me a functional society where workers could do whatever they felt like and didn’t have to follow management. Show me where that has worked.

    Managers and “the rich” aren’t the enemy. I have a job because someone took a risk, created a business, and employed me because I have a skill he needs. Should I be bitter because there are those who make more money than me? I think me and the thousands of people who are employed at my company are happy that someone had a profitable idea and hired us to make him even more profitable while at the same time we earn enough to make a living. Thousands of jobs exist because one person had an idea and the will to carry it out. Doesn’t sound too evil to me. Capitalism is a wonderful thing when you give it a chance.

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