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By Fr. Thomas G. Morrow, Catholic Exchange, April 6, 2021

Rev. Thomas G. Morrow graduated from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained in 1982 for the Archdiocese of Washington (DC). He has an STL in Moral Theology from the Dominican House of Studies and received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. …

“I Can Find Heaven on Earth”

The person who says this usually means he hopes to find happiness by the accumulation of riches. Although it seems that few people actually make that statement, a good number live as if that were their goal.

The fictional play Doctor Faustus portrays a man who proposes a pact with the devil to sell his soul in exchange for twenty-four years of power to do whatever he wants. After vacillating back and forth, he signs the contract in his blood. After the twenty-four years are up, he must surrender his soul for all eternity. The point of the play is that he made a bad bargain (clearly!). To a degree, all of us may be tempted to sell our souls—or a part thereof—to the devil for power or success.

We might think there are few instances of that happening today, but it happens in politics quite often. Politicians who claim to be Christians will become “pro-choice” (pro-abortion “rights”), or embrace a position favoring same-sex “marriage” so as to get elected despite biblical principles against these things. …