idolising priests, preachers, pastors and other individuals? If so, we
should ensure that we are not elevating these individuals to the
place reserved for Christ in our heart. Jesus is worthy to receive worship,
because God alone is our Saviour.
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly
nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is
idolatry.” Colossians 3:5
Overcoming lustful tendencies
How to overcome the lustful
tendencies of the flesh? After knowing about the conscious and
subconscious mind, it is also important to protect our
If we want to come out of the
bad habits of the flesh, i.e. alcohol, drugs or sexual perversion; we have to accept what we are going through, our weaknesses, our sinfulness.
Offer to the Lord the weakness of our human nature.
Justification for our sins
By justifying our sinful deeds
by saying, “What is wrong? It’s
ok. If others are doing it, so can we.” or tolerating our sins
by saying, “We are human and weak. Making a mistake is common to all.”, it
will be impossible to come out of sin and overcome our sins. These sins of ours—these
little openings—are enough for the devil to exploit us and to use
to his advantage.
we have to be convinced ourselves, through the Word
of God, the Church fathers and teachings, that we struggle with our addictions which lead to sin, which is evil. If we are
unsure about our sins or of our deeds being evil, then we
have to find out what are the official teachings of the Church about sin. We will know the truth, and this truth will set us
free. If we are lacking in the complete truth about our sins and of doing evil, we will be under the bondage of the devil, the Evil One.
we should not justify our sins by what others are doing, e.g. priests,
preachers or other individuals. However, we should look at Jesus if we want to
come out of our sins. In addition, we will be responsible for the sins of
others who, inspired by us, fall into addictions and destroy themselves.
Jesus said, “Do
not be a scandal to the least of your brethren, if you are becoming a
scandal to the least of your brethren, it is better to tie around
your neck a big millstone and be thrown into the sea.” Jesus was very strict
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are
beneficial. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by
anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
Are we getting spiritually encouraged or more anointed with the vision and wisdom from God? It
could be just the opposite.
“These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink, the
priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are confused with wine,
they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in giving
judgment.” Isaiah 28:7
compromise and forget the fact that there are numerous people inspired by our
actions and that a small sinful action can get bigger when followed by many. Priests and prophets, who are to be our role models, are
themselves confused with wine and stagger with strong drink. They make mistakes
in their vision and are unable to guide the people in the right way. They
stumble in giving judgements.
As a priest, I may be unable
to provide you with correct answers or guidance.
A person in the confessional
was being open to the Lord and confessing every sin to the confessor. The
confessor said that he was being scrupulous. So, the person stopped confessing
and started doubting himself. Confessing all our sins is sincerity as we are making
sure that each of our sins is confessed, as we want to be
holy. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, or
provided to us so that we can use it properly. Even our smallest sin is to be confessed so that our graces will not be blocked.
We have to pray for each other, the Church, the ministries around the world, the clergy and pray for us too at Divine
Retreat Centre, so that we do not lead you astray as wrong role models.
Each of us has a responsibility to be a good role model;
we need to try as
much as possible, and the rest will be taken care of by God.
To summarise, to overcomeour sins:
Admit our sins and be convinced
Don’t look at others and
justify our sins
Look at Jesus if we want to
justify our sins
Fill our mind with the Word
By looking at Jesus, we realise that we are sinners. When we look at Jesus, we
will feel guilty of our sins. However, when we look at other individuals,
preachers and priests, we want to justify our sins. Looking at Jesus, we will
never be able to justify our sins. The problem today is
searching for role models and heroes to follow.
When someone in a
high position commits a sin, we can justify our sin and we feel comfortable with our sin. Make Jesus Christ the focal point in our lives, and we won’t
make any mistakes or be disappointed. We should ensure that we don’t idolise
anyone. Just because we have changed through the preachings of a preacher or
priest, we should neither surrender our lives to that person nor depend on that
person. Jesus heals and changes us through persons
like priests; hence, we should surrender our lives only to Jesus.
do we know the will of God? Are we afraid of our
business or family collapsing or
are we afraid of committing sin and hurting God? God gives us a message through a priest or individual so that we can depend on
Jesus. Our intimacy is with Jesus and our focus
should not be on the things of
this world but on the things
of Heaven. Then God himself will guide and direct us.
promises in the Holy Bible are for
us. When we doubt the promises of God and
depend on others, we will be in pain because of others. God wants to speak to us directly. If we surrender our lives to others, destruction will also come through them.
Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the
woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the
Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there
two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It
is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for
ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Saviour of the world.” John
We need to grow spiritually and
personally with direct contact with Jesus; everything else is a failure in our lives. God wants to
have a direct and intimate
relationship with us without having an earthly mediator, as he is our Father in
When we are connected to preachers and pastors, we don’t want to know the truth. Sometimes, we blindly follow these individuals even
if it is against the traditions of the Catholic Church and the teachings
of the Holy Bible. Surrendering our mind, or even our will, to pastors
and priests means idolising them. We must hold these individuals in their proper place, as servants of God and not as
idols to be adored or worshipped, because they are fallible,
imperfect servants of God. This is
the reason thousands of denominations are
created across the world today.
love, affection, surrender or
dependency on the Lord should not be because of
priests and preachers, but on Jesus and the Catholic
Church, with its teaching of two thousand years. Idol worship is a sin against the first
commandment. The Catholic Church
can’t be wrong, but with human beings, mistakes can be made.
Now when David settled in his house, David said to the
prophet Nathan, “I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant
of the Lord is under a tent.” Nathan said to David, “Do all that you have in
mind, for God is with you.” But that same night the word of the Lord came to
Nathan, saying: “Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: You shall
not build me a house to live in.” 1 Chronicles 17:1-4
if a powerful prophet like Nathan could make a mistake in giving advice, how much more will the mistakes be of today’s
preachers, pastors and priests who will not be able to correct us because of
charisms, gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are for us so that we can come closer to Jesus. All the
possible ways to grow in holiness and to connect with
God have been established by the Catholic Church. To get rid of our original
sin, we need to recall that through Baptism, we have become members of the Body
of Christ and that our body has become the temple of the Holy Spirit, a temple
that we must honour. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we should confess our
sins and repent with a firm resolve not to commit
them again. We have the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist to receive the Body of Christ, which we
can receive everyday. Through the Holy Spirit received during the
Sacrament of Confirmation, we
have been made strong to fight the good fight against all our sins. Through the
Sacrament of Matrimony, we can lead a godly family
life. During sickness, we have the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
which provides us with special graces from God that comforts and heals us both spiritually and physically. The Anointing of the Sick is food for our last journey and that
food will help us to reach Heaven. We
should utilise all the
sacraments which are provided to us to grow spiritually and to be connected with Jesus. From birth till death here on Earth, we are covered by all of
how Jesus is protecting us through the Catholic Church. The Church does not abandon us in our life’s journey, but we abandon the Church, the
mystical body of Christ, by not fulfilling the
sacraments given to us.
My earlier talks mentioned the
conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. If our
conscious and subconscious minds
are filled with lustful thoughts, then
each time we close our eyes,
dirty thoughts, pictures and
feelings will pop into our minds. Things from our past which we
have been listening and watching have
filled our subconscious mind and are leading us to temptation.
How to cleanse our conscious
and subconscious mind?
all past sins, and reject and renounce sin. We
should neither enjoy nor re-live the excitement and pleasure of
our past sins. By enjoying our past sins, we
are feeding and renewing the
sins in ourselves. Sin is an action with pleasure attached to it. With
no pleasure, no sin will be committed. Sin isn’t important, but it’s the pleasure—because
of which we sin—that is important.
The desire for pleasure remains in us. When we think about a
past sin, it means that
we are desiring to enjoy its
pleasure again. When we bring back the pleasure in our
mind, which is called temptation, it
naturally goes to our body,
which causes us to sin.
So, what are we supposed to
not only the sin but also the associated pleasure. If we take pride in our past
sins, sooner or later we are bound to commit those
same sins. We have a duty and responsibility to
have a continuous fight with ourselves to overcome sin. With God’s help, we must
wrestle against ourselves so that we come out successfully and be changed.