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Embracing ‘darkness of sin’ leads to damnation, cardinal exhorts
CZĘSTOCHOWA, Poland (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Robert Sarah in a recent homily warned the faithful how easy it is to fall into the darkness and despair of hell.
Concelebrated with two fellow bishops, Sarah presided over the Nov. 15 morning Mass at the 30th National Forum of Catholic Schools, at Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland.
Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, and a consistent defender of the Faith, wrote the homily that was read and translated by Bp. Marek Mendyk of Legnica.
Echoing St. Paul’s exhortation in Romans 1:25, Sarah noted that worship of God is natural for man and has been universally practiced since the dawn of his existence, but that original sin distorts man’s religious sense and leads him to worship created things rather than the Creator.
“The Holy Scriptures state that even before God’s revelation to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, man inherently felt the need to adore his Creator,” Sarah stated. Referring to the book of Wisdom, he continued, “This desire was deeply rooted in his heart. That is why he adored what in creation he considered works that delight him with power and splendor — fire, wind, starry sky, and rushing water. Captivated by their beauty, they took them for deities.” ….
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