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« on: July 24, 2003, 11:43:27 AM »


The Seven Capital Sins, a tract produced by TAN Books, Rockford, IL: 2000 reprint, originally published by the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, MO.

This is a valuable little tract that discusses the "Seven Deadly [Capital] Sins," what they are and how to combat and overcome them.

I really need this book because I am guilty of so many of them. In fact, I am so guilty of the sin of pride that I am somewhat reluctant to post this review because I wonder about my motivation.

This little book has caused me to really wonder about my motivation for a lot of things, particularly my motivation for posting things on this web site. I really have to look at that, because I think I am motivated by the desire to look I know something. Sometimes I do (know something, that is); sometimes I don't; but that isn't the point. The point is my rotten desire to look like some kind of a bigshot. It stinks.

This little book has been like a mirror for me; but I'm not liking what I see. It's a good thing it also has suggestions for overcoming the Capital Sins.

What scares me is that I may not have the spiritual fortitude and wisdom to apply them.

Anyway, get this little book. It's a gut-wrencher.
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2003, 12:20:34 PM »

I have to get it. Because I need all the help I can get!

I really like St. John Cassian treatise "On the Eight Vices" in the Philokalia.

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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2003, 01:01:16 PM »


The point is my rotten desire to look like some kind of a bigshot. It stinks.

Yeah, you sleazy post padder you. Wink


Anyways, is this St. John Cassian thing related?  I thought this RC fascination witht the "7 deadly sins" was just some Renaissance, humanistic stuff that was a little too fixated and had to do with Voltaire and others (I don't really know much - just somewhat curious).  Btw, Seven is a scary and thought provoking movie - well done (IMHO), but not for the faint of heart.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2003, 04:02:11 PM »


The point is my rotten desire to look like some kind of a bigshot. It stinks.

Yeah, you sleazy post padder you. Wink


Anyways, is this St. John Cassian thing related?  I thought this RC fascination witht the "7 deadly sins" was just some Renaissance, humanistic stuff that was a little too fixated and had to do with Voltaire and others (I don't really know much - just somewhat curious).  Btw, Seven is a scary and thought provoking movie - well done (IMHO), but not for the faint of heart.

I'm not sure about the relationship to what St. John Cassian wrote. I thought I remembered the 7 Deadly Sins having their source in the Old Testament - maybe Proverbs? I seem to remember a verse that went something like, "These things the Lord hates, yea, seven things the Lord despises . . .", or something like that; but I could be wrong.

I don't have a Bible with me right now to try and look it up.

This is a good little book, but it is RC. It even has a prayer to St. Aloysius in the back.

One of the nice things about it is that it is brief, but powerful, and it is inexpensive. I paid three bucks for it at the Catholic bookstore.

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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2003, 04:43:40 PM »


I am sorry, I should have been more clear -- St John Cassain in his treatise does not specifically do the 7 deadly sins thing.

These are the Eight Vices he addresses:

1) Control of the Stomach
2) Unchastity and Desire of the flesh
3) Avarice
4) Anger
5) Dejection (Depression)
6) Listlessness
7) Self-Esteem
8) Pride

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2003, 05:03:01 PM »

St. John Climacus also speaks of them.  There is a write up of their evolution in the introduction to the Ladder of Divine Ascent. by Bp. Kallistos IIRC
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2003, 05:27:22 PM »

Aren't self-esteem and pride pretty much the same?
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2003, 09:56:40 PM »

Aren't self-esteem and pride pretty much the same?

That's kinda what I think -- the difference is that he says self-esteem is more internal or hidden whereas pride can be seen more readily by others (all puffed up with himself).

To me it is really almost the same also.
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