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Jun 13, 2019

Understanding Our Capacity for Evil

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike asks if the bad things you think you don’t have the capacity to do are actually just things you don’t have the opportunity to do.

A friend of Fr. Mike’s was recovering from an addiction, and this friend noticed how he was deceiving himself. He was telling himself “I would never …” when he should have been saying, “I haven’t yet …”

Many times the sins we avoid we have only avoided because we haven’t had the opportunity to commit them. Acknowledging that we have the capacity to do something regretful if given the opportunity is a great—although difficult—exercise in self-knowledge that could prevent some serious sin in the future.

This week, consider the benefits that come with strengthening your self-discipline. Make an extra attempt to reinforce a virtue that may help you combat the corresponding vice. This will go a long way in increasing your holiness.

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  • Dear Father Mike, you are kicking serious butt in the world. So well done. I’m not Catholic but your courage and clarity of thought is inspiring. Keep up the good work. You are saving people’s lives.

    In Christ,
    Jordan

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