March 17th, 2006

HTOC

On Sin (a diagnosis, not a cure)

I believe that the Christian life is one of mundane and repetitive defeats, only occasionally marked by instances of catastrophic failure. Most sin is casual and petty, almost impulsive – but that does mean make it harmless. Each one hardens the heart, even if only bit by bit. We are explicitly warned in the writings of Scripture against the dangers of a hardened heart.

Again, our God is a consuming fire. This fire, this CHRIST, shall either destroy us in our obstinacy or burn away our impurities while at the same time warming our hearts.

“Man has two wings to reach the heavens: freedom, and with it, grace.” –St. Maximus the Confessor