Wednesday, October 28, 2009

What is My Root Sin?

Have you ever looked at yourself and wondered why you struggle with the same sins, year after year?  I wanted to share a website that talks about our root sins and what to do about them. 

According to Totus Tuus Ministries, there are three "root sins"--pride, vanity and sensuality.  Each one has some surprising manifestations and is well worth reading and meditating on.

In short, pride is the decision to base my security on myself. Vanity is the choice to place my security in others and sensuality is placing my security in things and feelings.  

Totus Tuus outlines detailed characteristics (which may surprise you) of each sinful tendency, and a well thought out program to combat each sin as well as examples of how a program for each sin might be carried  out.

Excellent, concrete spiritual advice here!!

By the way, totus tuus is Latin for "totally yours" and was Pope John Paul II's motto to Our Lady.


Cindy said...

Thanks for this. Good info

Dymphna said...

You're welcome. Its very helpful information.

TACParent said...

This was interesting. I went and read the article. Lots of "meat" to ponder there.

Mary333 said...

Thank you for the link. I did notice that I confess the same things over and over :)

Anonymous said...

Very interesting link and program. I seem to have two big old honking roots. . . When I was trying to cut down little dead aspens over the summer I'd hack away at a root under the ground and make it through, only to find the tree still firmly upright because there was a second, thicker root going in another direction. . .

My Heart Beats and I sigh said...

thanks for the poem about beauty in the same post with root sin. sometimes i can confuse beauty in it's purest form with vanity, sensuality and pride. nice to see how you keep BEAUTY as beauty. peace.

Dymphna said...

You're so welcome. I think beauty is very important to spirituality because beauty was (and is) created by God. Vanity is not about wanting beauty, but about relying on others' opinions of you for your self worth.

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