Sins of Omission

The readings for Mass today and yesterday were from James. Yesterday’s verses included this:

“for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, it is a sin.” OUCH!

I’m guilty.

Then this, from the Catechism:

1868 Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:

– by participating directly and voluntarily in them;

– by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;

– by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;

– by protecting evil-doers.

In a free society where every opportunity exists to speak and work against evil, and we fail to do so, and or cooperate with those who do it, we are responsible for the evil among us.

This is a reflection that I have often during times of political tension–election cycles and the passage of anti-life laws. We have abortion, and same-sex “marriages” and embryonic stem cell research because we permitted it; we said little, we continued to give to our alma mater when horrors happnend in its labs, or the Vagina Monolouges came to campus…when we do business with people and firms whose profit comes from sin…the list is long.

But most of all, we fail to speak out against the evil in our midst.


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