Understanding Our Capacity for Evil

If you think you don’t have the capacity for evil, it’s probably because you haven’t had the opportunity to do it.

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. Understanding our capacity for evil means acknowledging that we may do something regretful if given the opportunity. This great—although difficult—exercise in self-knowledge 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.