Everyone has temptations

Temptations are a struggle between good and evil in every human heart. All of the saints, including Saint Paul, Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Therese were tempted.

But these struggles can lead to spiritual growth

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those that love Him” (James 1:12).

Bad things can happen when we don't follow God's commandments. Eddy, a high school friend, never seemed to take anything seriously, even his intimate relationship with a Catholic girl. When she became pregnant, he no longer wanted anything to do with her.

Playing with people's emotions can be dangerous. And it is always sinful.

What is a sin?

Sin is an offence against Almighty God.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, suffered and died on a Cross because of our sins. By resisting temptation you are telling Jesus that you value His friendship above everything else.

Temptation can lead to sin

3 conditions for a temptation to become a sin:

  1. This act is wrong.
  2. I know that it is wrong.
  3. I am going to do it anyway.

Venial Sin

  1. This act is wrong, but not seriously.
  2. I know that it is wrong, but not seriously.
  3. I am going to do it anyway.
    (This act is not a serious sin, but it is a sin.)

The trouble with venial sins is that they weaken us, making us more vulnerable to mortal sins.

Mortal Sin

  1. This act, no matter how attractive, is seriously wrong.
  2. I know that it is seriously wrong.
  3. I am going to do it anyway.
    (This act is a serious or mortal sin.)

Mortal sins are deadly sins because they kill off sanctifying grace. Mortal sins say "No" to God, while sanctifying grace says "Yes".

Are you still holding on to a particular sin? Don't meet Jesus in this condition! Jesus died to free you from all your sins. Pray the Rosary daily and break this habit.

You can increase your state of Grace by every good action you do: receiving Communion, saying prayers, helping others.

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