30 October 2008

Favorite sins of Concordian Sisters

A dangerously astute holy man was once good enough to sophisticate my understanding of coveting. It's not just wanting something that isn't yours. It's wanting something that isn't real.

8 comments:

Melanie said...

for those of us who's weary brains are fried...do please expound.

Rebekah said...

The life God has given me necessarily excludes, by definition, certain things: fitting into my "normal" clothes all the time, those weekend getaways I hear so much about, etc. To desire things that I see my neighbor enjoying is to want something that isn't mine not just because I don't have it, but because I can't have it.

The things I think I want are a parody of the eternal and blessed reality. They are the joys without the crosses, as if there were such a thing in this fallen world. They are implants and lipstick, not Eve in the garden.

Coveting also blinds me to the blessings which are mine, the fruits of my little crosses: my closeness to my children, getting back into my favorite jeans without ever breaking a sweat, etc.

I would guess that it has something to do with antimatter.

Reb. Mary said...

So true, so very, very true.

Hey, do you still have that list of all our favorite sins? Though that was awhile ago; I'm sure I have at least a few to add...

Gauntlets said...

Immanentize the eschaton! Fund antihydrogen! :D

I'm a daydream believer, which is to say I borrow trouble. Crud. I'll try harder next time I have a counter full of dishes and too much idle brain time . . .

And, yeah, what ever became of that list? I think I lost my copy . . .

Rebekah said...

I do have it! I ran across it a while ago and thought about posting it just for fun . . . what do you think? (Although I remember Gauntlets being not a lot of help back when we did it.)

Gauntlets said...

Look, I summarized! For crying out loud . . .

Kelly said...

Sleep....does sleep count? If so then dagnabbit :P

Rebekah said...

Hmmm, good question . . . how many mothers of newborns could fall asleep on the head of a pin?