The Deadly Sins or Capital Vices are those to which the fallen human nature is mainly inclined. It is very important for those who want to advance in Holiness to learn how to detect these trends in his own heart and examine himself about these sins.
The Deadly Sins are listed by St. Thomas as seven:
Saint Bonaventure lists the same. The number seven was given by Saint Gregory the Great, and held for most of the Middle Age theologists. Previous authors listed 8 Deadly Sins: Saint Cyprian ; Cassian ; Columbanus .
The term "capital" does not refer to the magnitude of the sin, but to the fact that it gives that has an exceedingly desirable purpose in such a way that in his desire, a man commits many sins all of them originated in that vice as their main source". What is desired or rejected in a Deadly Sin can be material or spiritual, real or imaginary.
It consists of a self-estimation, or improper self-love, which seeks attention and honor and puts a man in antagonism with God (Catholic Church Catechism, 1866) Overcoming Virtue: Humility
The moral virtue by which man recognizes that he himself has emptiness and sin. Everything is a gift from God on whom we all depend on and who must receive all the glory. The humble man does not aspire to personal grandeur or the world’s recognition because he has discovered that being the son of God is a much higher value. He goes after other treasures. He is not in competition. He sees himself and others before God. He is thus free to estimate and devote himself to love and service.
Humility is not only opposed to pride but also to the self-abjection (self-humiliation) in which the gifts of God and the responsibility of exercising them according to his will are not recognized.
The inclination or disordered desire for having pleasures or possessions. It is one of the deadly sins; it is prohibited by the ninth and the tenth commandments.
Overcoming Virtue: Generosity
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