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Jan 17, 2019

Am I the Exception to God’s Rule?

Fr. Mike Schmitz

God has his commandments and everything, but aren’t there times when there are exceptions to God’s rule?

It’s a trick we’ve all tried to pull. When a particular sin is too hard for us to avoid, we say to God—or perhaps a priest—something like, “I know the Church says don’t do this thing, but in my case it’s different.”

In my case, there are obstacles that make avoiding the sin impossible. In my case, I think doing that thing is justified because of xyz, in my case … etcetera.

This is what Fr. Mike calls exceptionism (not to be confused with exceptionalism, which Fr. Mike touches upon here).

Exceptionism, Fr. Mike says, is the belief that God will make an exception for you when it comes to his judgment of a certain sin. There’s a reason why we say justice is blind, and our God is the God of justice.

He will always be merciful to the contrite heart, but—contrary to what many people believe today—there are no exceptions to God’s rule.

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