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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Aug 11, 2022

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.

For some reason I’ve been thinking about the impact of sin lately, and I find it’s not a bad topic of reflection, as long as you don’t let yourself dwell forlornly on your own past and already repented sins. They can and do come back to haunt us, which is a temptation all its own. But clearly there are deep cosmic, social, and personal dimensions of sin. It is important to be concerned about all of them, without falling into any sort of depression or despair. Of course, sin is a large and, yes, pervasive topic, so I can hardly claim a comprehensive treatment here.

While the sins into which we are tempted to fall often seem desirable to us in times of weakness, or eagerness, or rebellion (or even simply when we are not sufficiently mindful of our own particular nature or our own state in life), as we mature spiritually we begin to recognize how closely sin and suffering are related, and that this relationship has not just personal but cosmic proportions.  …

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