7 Deadly Sins
Pride, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth: the Seven Deadly Sins or, as nicknamed by Bishop Fulton J Sheen, the Seven Pallbearers.
Joseph Gower, former Chair of Theology at Georgian Court University and my theology mentor, refers to these robbers of our faithfulness and, ultimately, our salvation, as pre-sins, in that they prepare the way for us to act out those desires and commit the sins. The overarching aspect of these behaviors is their self-centeredness, their emphasis on the self rather than the “other.” How do we counter these cardinal vices? We do that by living the Cardinal Virtues as taught to us by Jesus Christ in His Sermon on the Mount and manifested by His Beatitudes, His Life and, ultimately, His death and resurrection.