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do you mean the 7 deadly sins?
I think you are referring to the Seven Vices and Seven Virtues. The Seven Vices are sometimes referred to as “The Seven Deadly Sins” however with the blood of Christ we are saved from Death. Each “vice” has a corresponding “virtue” which helps us understand how to lead a holy life. These are all consistant with how Scripture tells people to live in Galations.
Virtue: Humility – Seeing ourselves as we are and not comparing ourselves to others is humility. Pride and vanity are competitive. If someone else’s pride really bothers you, you have a lot of pride.
Virtue: Generosity – This is about more than money. Generosity means letting others get the credit or praise. It is giving without having expectations of the other person. Greed wants to get its “fair share” or a bit more.
Virtue: Love – “Love is patient, love is kind…” Love actively seeks the good of others for their sake. Envy resents the good others receive or even might receive. Envy is almost indistinguishable from pride at times.
Virtue: Kindness – Kindness means taking the tender approach, with patience and compassion. Anger is often our first reaction to the problems of others. Impatience with the faults of others is related to this.
Virtue: Self control – Self control and self mastery prevent pleasure from killing the soul by suffocation. Legitimate pleasures are controlled in the same way an athlete’s muscles are: for maximum efficiency without damage. Lust is the self-destructive drive for pleasure out of proportion to its worth. Sex, power, or image can be used well, but they tend to go out of control.
Virtue: Faith and Temperance – Temperance accepts the natural limits of pleasures and preserves this natural balance. This does not pertain only to food, but to entertainment and other legitimate goods, and even the company of others.
Virtue: Zeal – Zeal is the energetic response of the heart to God’s commands. The other sins work together to deaden the spiritual senses so we first become slow to respond to God and then drift completely into the sleep of complacency.
Perhaps you mean the 5 Precepts of the Catholic Church (I thought there were seven also until I looked them up):
1, You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
2, You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
3, You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.
4, You shall keep holy the holy days of obligation.
5, You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.
I think this you actually do mean the 7 laws of the church, i have heard of these, and did a simple search, and found the following at a geocities website:
– Consecrete Sundays and all the days of obligation
– Receive Sacraments
– Receive religious instructions
– Keep the Church’s law on marriage
– Support the Church
– Fast and keep abstinence on the obligated days
– Participate in the missionary works of the church
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