moderation

Moderation In All Things

The Last Virtue “Moderation in all things, especially moderation,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the deepest thinkers of the 19th century and as we close this month of conversation on the seven deadly sins and the counterpart virtues his words seemed most apt. This week, the Jamaican proverb that concludes the conversation we have had for the past month on the seven deadly sins and counteracting virtues goes like this: Nyam some, lef some. The translation and how this proverb relates to the last virtue – Temperance – or

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7 Sins, 7 Virtues: Relevant Or Not?

Yes, No? In the 1995 crime drama, Se7en, directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Spacey, two detectives hunt a serial killer who commits murders based on the seven deadly sins—pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. As the movie evolves, the detectives find themselves becoming part of the plan, playing into the serial killer’s design in a way that both eludes and disturbs them. And as Brad Pitt’s character—David Mills— with all his virtues comes face-to-face with killer “John Doe,” Doe justifies his

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Due Diligence: What Is It Spiritually?

Contrary Virtue: In order to understand diligence, it is important to first know that it is a contrary virtue. It is the virtue to use to stave off the sin of Sloth. We all have areas where we are probably more prone to sloth in our lives and it seems like the biggest effort to be diligent instead. I know it is hard but this is one of the Seven Virtues so no one said it would be easy. Diligence is in its nature one of the more tedious of

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Things Will Fall Apart

Let Them My first reading of the book left me with a headache and swollen eyes but I just could not put it down. Since then, I have read it a couple more times. According to Wikipedia, “Things Fall Apart is a post-colonial novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in 1958. It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim.” The country of my birth is Jamaica and the trajectory of my journey so far is different in

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Naked Before God

The Healing Continues The story continues or, more accurately, it unfolds. Today I share with you being naked – the second part in a series of unknown length, as we continue our conversation about the seven deadly sins and virtues. This part that I chose to call “Naked Before God” is a story I began writing years ago. In fact, it is a story that was so hard for me to think about back then in 2000, that I stopped writing it. I share this part of a half-written story

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Let Him That Is Free Of Sins

Virtues And Sins As we open the conversations on the seven deadly sins and virtues, memories of how eleven years ago I laid myself naked to the readers of my earlier blog.  Throughout the month of May, we will be discussing the teachings promulgated by the Church in modern times and you are invited to reflect on how your life might have been affected by them. Our underlying question is what kind of life are you living? The follow-up question is whether this is the life that you want or