“Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to
It’s a sin.”


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  • Action
    Return to Monday’s List of 
    Temptations
    Remembering that a temptation is NOT A SIN, notice if there are any patterns. What temptations can you swat away like an irritating fly, and what ones you actually struggle with. What circumstances make the difference between successfully overcoming a temptation, and ending up going over the edge into an action you now recognise at wrong. Stay focused on the temptation however not the sin it may have led to.
  • Prayer
    Father 
    Why do you always seem to smile at my inconsistent living of the life you have called me to?
    Help me to fully understand the temptations I fail to resist, the better to resist them and live fully the new life in Christ I was joined to in Baptism
    Amen

I tried not to do it


A song from the 80”s has gotten a new lease of life recently by being the title of a successful TV series. I remember it as a catchy tune of the era, but revisiting the Video, its a strange, if enduring caricature of all that I believe about the experience of temptation and sin. The singer, looking back on his life is plagued by the sense that everything he wanted to do was a sin. It doesn’t help that he is in chains and appealing to justice from a pop video version of the Spanish Inquisition.  Racy stuff perhaps, but risible for one searching for clues on what my faith teaches on these matters.

Everything I want to do? Really!!! Perhaps the range of things a teenager wants to do comes in a narrow bandwidth, but there is impulse for good in every human being, and there is, in everything I have ever done, good things as well. My faith asks me to start with the good and then engage with the other stuff.

The poor boy is on firmer ground with his intention to turn over a new leaf and tearing right through that intention. -been there! It is very frustrating but even St. Paul acknowledged that the good he wanted to to do he could not, the evil he did not wish to do, he ended up doing. If one engages with God, not as a stern inquisitor a la video, but as a kind and loving mentor, it is perhaps possible  to see these failures in their proper context, and reassured by the engagement, wash off the old sins and start again with confidence.

I find the caricature of Catholicism in the song/video annoying, but have to admit it is recognizable in the experience of many. I have been blessed with a sense that things are not that hopeless. This Lent I look back upon  certain aspects my life, with a sense of sadness more than shame, and turning to Him who loves me so completely, I can find the strength to, this time, turn over a new leaf,…. for good….. and completely live my Baptism

 

It’s a sin

When I look back upon my life
it’s always with a sense of shame
I’ve always been the one to blame
For everything I long to do
no matter when or where or who
has one thing in common too

It’s a, it’s a, it’s a, it’s a sin
It’s a sin
Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to
It’s a sin

At school they taught me how to be
so pure in thought and word and deed
They didn’t quite succeed
For everything I long to do
no matter when or where or who
has one thing in common too

It’s a, it’s a, it’s a, it’s a sin
It’s a sin
Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to
It’s a sin

Father forgive me
I tried not to do it
Turned over a new leaf
then tore right through it
Whatever you taught me
I didn’t believe it
Father you fought me
‘cause I didn’t care
and I still don’t understand
So I look back upon my life
forever with a sense of shame
I’ve always been the one to blame
For everything I long to do
no matter when or where or who
has one thing in common too It’s a, it’s a, it’s a, it’s a sin
It’s a sin
Everything I’ve ever done
Everything I ever do
Every place I’ve ever been
Everywhere I’m going to I
It’s a sin
Confiteor Deo omnipotenti vobis
fratres quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo, opere
et omissione. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

 

 

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