Fr. Robert Barron, who is one of our favorite Catholic speakers/teachers addressed the issues tackled by the Council of Trent. The biggest being ‘original sin’. They wanted to discuss what Martin Luther was addressing in reference to the church, the body of Christ.
I believe in ‘original sin’, first of all because God’s Word says:
Romans 5:12 – Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Psalms 51:5 – Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psalms 58:3 – The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
I have argued with God about many things through out my life. He always wins if I’m smart. (I’m not always smart and there are consequences) This issue of sin bites each one us everyday. The choice is always before us. If we are living in right relationship with God and are ‘listening’ and ‘obeying’ the sin issue is redeemed through God’s grace. It is an every day, every moment issue as long as we breath in this world. We must address it with God’s love, grace and forgiveness.
Daily confession for me and a great number of the Christian world is pretty simple, repent and stop it! BUT, just in case; we need to keep our slate clean…repeat with me…
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
That about covers it for today at least up to the moment…let us live in ‘the eternal moment’ of prayer throughout this day.