“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Corinthians 10:14

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TODAY’S WORD…

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My dear friends, flee from idolatry.

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– 1 Corinthians 10:14 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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Idolatry is among the most serious of sins.

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Unfortunately,

so many of us today prostrate ourselves before anything that gives comfort and enjoyment,

and which appears to satisfy our human desires and earthly wants;

our ambitions and passions;

and, of course, our so-called “rights”!

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These are “idols” that play up to our self-centeredness with the promise of instant gratification,

and end up distracting us completely from our beliefs

because they remove our focus from God.

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It is so sad

that so many of us appear to gladly throw ourselves into these filthy areas

of physical, mental and spiritual pollution,

and, so often, end up being caught in a downward spiral,

losing our human dignity…and our soul…in the process.

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QUOTES…

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"…the growth of prostitution and pornography in the name of adult choice,

the acceptance of abortion in the name of women’s rights,

the approval of same sex unions in the name of homosexual rights. […].

False secularistic forms of humanism,

which exalt the individual in such a manner that they become a veritable idolatry,

can be countered only by the rediscovery of the genuine inviolable dignity of every person"

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– Pope John Paul II

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“Everything is according to habit.

Life is like that: We live in this way, without thinking about the end of this way of living.

This too is an idolatry: to be attached to our habits, without thinking that this will come to an end.”

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– Pope Francis

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“Sex has become one of the most discussed subjects of modern times. The Victorians pretended it did not exist;

the moderns pretend that nothing else exists."

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– Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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“Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. […]

Idolatry consists in making divine what is not God.

Man commits idolatry whenever he honours and reveres a creature in place of God,

whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism),

power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. […]

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Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God;

it is therefore incompatible with communion with God.”

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– Catechism of the Catholic Church – CCC 2113

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, save me from myself, from my habits and vices,

and fill me with a yearning for You alone, my God.

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