100 – Life is complicated; it consists of grace and sin. He who does not sin is not human

Imagine someone who becomes seriously ill, and after many attempts for a cure, finally finds a doctor who prescribes an efficacious remedy. After some days of treatment, he finds himself cured. Naturally, gratitude will bring him to transmit to as many as possible the competence of the doctor and efficacious medicine prescribed, emphasizing the gravity of the illness he was saved from. His testimony, besides praising the doctor, will serve for posterior experiences regarding this illness and encourage all of those who suffer from it to hope for a cure. Evidently, no one would think that this propaganda entails an apology of the sad condition of the sick person…

Something similar happens in the spiritual field. All of us are affected by the same infirmity – sin – and we need living examples that encourage us to reach perfection. For even though it seems difficult, we only need to have recourse to the Divine Doctor and benefit from his grace. And all becomes possible. God himself deigned to carefully assign to some men and women the special vocation of serving as a testimony of sanctity for the others. They are those who embrace the Evangelical counsels as a means of achieving the perfection of charity. Their lives should be a continuous manifestation of the power of our loving God, who became man as ourselves to free us from sin. What should we think, then, of a religious who does not reflect this divine power in his way of life, content in boasting that he is a sinner just like everyone else?



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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

I – Does sin complete or corrupt man?
II – The Grace that Christ brings to the world with the Redemption leads humans to abandon sin
III – The Religious state is a state of perfection: Religious must combat sin more than the laity
IV – What testimony should Christians receive from Religious? ­­­

I – Does sin complete or corrupt man?

Catechism of the Catholic Church

God created man without sin
In sinning, man acted against the requirements of his creaturely status

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Sin has diminished man, blocking his path to fulfillment

John Paul II

Sin is contrary to human dignity

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux           

Free choice was given not in order that man sin, but that he might appear more glorious in not sinning

John Paul II

The acknowledgement of sin is an essential first step of returning to God

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Christ is the perfect man, in whom human nature has been raised up to a dignity without equal

Pontifical Work for Ecclesiastical Vocations

Mary is the perfectly realized image of a woman

John Paul II

All people are called to be ‘divinized’

II – The Grace that Christ brings to the world with the Redemption leads humans to abandon sin

Sacred Scripture

The mandate of Christ: be perfect

John Paul II

Christians receive a commandment to not sin – and not a mere invitation
Sinlessness is not inherent in man, but Christians receive the necessary strength to not sin as a result of God’s action

Saint Augustine of Hippo

He who recognizes his own sin, is displeased with it and condemns it, receives God’s pardon

Saint John of Avila

Those who enjoy a perfect cleanliness from sin manifest and enhance the glory of God
Jesus has the power of liberating man not only from condemnation, but even from sin