Envy: It’s More Than Jealousy

What does it mean to be envious of someone? Envy is one of the seven deadly sins and Fr. Josh explains why in today’s episode. He also walks through an examination to help you understand areas in your life where you may struggle with envy.

Snippet from the Show
It can be a lifelong battle to break free from vice, but we must remember that God is faithful to us and desires our freedom.


Glory Story (1:45)

Listener Question (7:03)

Hey Fr. Josh! Over the past few weeks, you have been talking about vice and virtue. I realize that I struggle with the vice of envy. Could you help me with a good examination of conscience for this vice?

Saint Story (15:24)

St. Elizabeth of Portugal was born in 1271. Her father was the king of Aragon. She was raised in virtue and spirituality. This early formation was essential for what was to come in her life.

When she was only twelve years old, she was given in marriage to the king of Portugal, Denis. He was not a good husband and did not even hide his infidelity to her. Despite this cross, Elizabeth remained faithful to God by attending daily Mass and receiving the sacraments. She was also very charitable both by giving to others and befriending others. 

After many years of praying for him and seeking his conversion, her husband turned away from his sinful life. She was able to facilitate reconciliation between her husband and their son. 

After her husband’s death, Elizabeth lived at a monastery with the Poor Clares as a third-order Franciscan. She died in 1336


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

1 Comment

  1. That examination of conscience was fantastic! You mentioned it was in a book. Is that a published book or just a personal journal of the Sister’s?
    I would like to buy a copy – if possible


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