The slippery slope of spiritual sloth…

Sundays remind me of Confession.

Not just because of the Liturgy of the Mass and it’s penitential elements, but because when I confess, I can guarantee you that though I fully intend to ‘sin no more’, no sooner am I driving home from making that oh so contrite confession, than my venial sins begin to accumulate with startling rapidity. (Other bleepin’ drivers eh?)

A few evenings ago, I had to remind myself what day it was…  it dawned on me, eventually,  that it was Sunday and that I had attended Mass that very morning and received my Lord in the Eucharist. How can it be that I have become so complacent? That very morning I had consumed Jesus….was the Eucharist no longer a miracle that resonated with me anymore?  Since when did I have to remind myself that I had witnessed a miracle at the Banqueting table of the Lord?

Oh give to me a heart of love for you, O Lord. Give me a heart of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Give me a Eucharistic heart, a heart of thanksgiving. God help me!

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4 Responses to The slippery slope of spiritual sloth…

  1. barbszy says:

    Amen! I know that I am often guilty of plenty of sins on my way home from church each and every Sunday. Why is it that we leave Jesus in the church building?

  2. John Bowden says:

    Interestingly, I just read “Pornography, electronic media and priestly formation” in the Homiletic & Pastoral Review magazine, that spent several paragraphs on St. Thomas Aquinas’ six “daughters” of sloth ( – a link to the article is on the right sidebar. The entire article is excellent, but I discovered anew the Church’s penchant for precise language in the discussion of sloth.

  3. ukok says:

    John that is very interesting. Must get me over to your place at the weekend and give it a peruse 🙂

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