THE CARDINAL SINS OF CATHOLICISM
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
Ó January 2010, The Center For Development
The Catholic Church has enumerated what are called the cardinal sins. These are taken from the Old and New Testaments of the bible, especially the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament and Galatians in the New Testament. This short article presents a biblical viewpoint as to why these are important for mankind today.
First, I will list the seven as they are usually listed. In fact, they evolved over a long period of time. They are usually listed as:
3. Avarice or Greed
4. Acedia or slothfulness (laziness)
5. Wrath or Anger
They are very important because by overcoming them it enhances one’s mental and spiritual development greatly. This is the major importance of them in nutritional balancing science. Of course, there are other reasons to avoid or overcome them, but in terms of development they make quite a difference. I want to explore why this is so.
1. They impair basic health in many cases. For example, overeating or gluttony usually leads to deranged digestion, impaired absorption of nutrients and often this unbalance the body chemistry.
While this one is obvious, some of the others are no less important. Anger, for example, throws a person into a fight-or-flight reaction, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. This directly impairs elimination, digestion and the immune response. In fact, the same goes for pride, envy and the others. Too much food, too much sex, too much running around, which is part of extravagance, all deplete the body.
In various ways, they upset the body and therefore contribute to a fight-of-flight tendency that impairs healing significantly. For this reason, they are not to be ignored or downplayed by anyone who wishes to advance in his health program.
2. They upset the body in a psychological realm. They do this by the same mechanism at that explained above, namely by causing a lack of peace, unbalancing the nervous system, and, in most cases by eventually depleting the glands and organs of vital substances needed for health and healing.
3. They upset the mind. This may seem unusual in a way, but anything that upsets the mind will slow one’s healing. The mind is very powerful and needs to be focused on healing, on peace, on loving others for love’s sake, not for selfish reasons such as because one wants sex or one wants to be loved back, or one is secretly envious of the other. When the mind is at peace, basically, a great deal of energy is freed up for health and healing, This is a great advantage in helping one to move forward toward greater health and greater peace of mind. It is the reason we recommend the Roy Masters meditation exercise for all adults.