According to our good friend, Wikipedia:
"The Seven Deadly Sins, also known as the Capital Vices or Cardinal Sins, is a classification of objectionable vices (part of Christian ethics) that have been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. The currently recognized version of the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony."
Don't ask me why I've been thinking about sinning lately....except that I find it fascinating that for most of my adult life, I've struggled with the same sinful tendencies and really haven't been tempted by the others.
Let me first say that I'm not challenged by wrath, sloth, or gluttony....but I am greedy, prideful, lusting and envious of certain things in this world.
Are these tendencies/behaviors/inclinations/desires something that overtime, can be prayed away...or are we destined to always suffer in some minor way from them? Is it how we're hard wired? Is it our cross to bear?
Do you have a favorite sin?
If I had to pick, I'd say that I fall in the lusting category the most. I pick things and experiences and assume that if they were mine that I'd be happier, healthier, more engaged, content, alive, you fill in the adjective.
And yet, the more lusting that goes on, the more unhappiness that ensues. Because as we all know, it's not what we have that makes us unhappy...it's what we think we should have and the gap that lies in between that's the problem.
Ah, the perils of the seven deadly sins. They'll get you every time.