One of my favorite movies, Alfred Hitchcock's "I Confess" starring Montgomery Clift
Tonight, Thursday, December 16, St. Joseph Church is having our Advent Penance Service.
A couple of years ago as I flipped through the television stations, I landed on a Mega Church's pastor preaching up a storm, using props, wearing really cool, casual clothes and the whole "I'm just like you and really with it routine."
But he said something that has stuck with me. It is a sound bite, but very good.
Now his sermon that day was on SEX. He wanted to emphasize that unlike other Churches, his mega church saw sex as a gift. (News flash, so does the Catholic Church.) But then he went on to highlight the different types of sexual sins.
But this is how he described sexual sins: "USING A GOD GIVEN GIFT, IN A GOD FORBIDDEN WAY."
You know, that's cool and I like that description and I think you could use it to refer to sin in general, not just the abuse of the gift of sexuality.
Sin in general is using the gifts of God in a God forbidden way. Our life is a gift from God. Do we use God's gift of life to us in a God forbidden way?
I ask you decide.