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God cannot protect you against your own stupidity. Therese Sunday, January 11, 2009


Dear Bro. Ignatius Mary,

I love your quote: "God cannot protect you against your own stupidity. " and I have taken that quote to heart.

It is very similar to a proverb written in the Bible that haunts me that states: "A fool doing a stupid thing twice is like a dog going back to it's vomit."

I am certainly that fool.

God has shown me His great mercy in truly micraculous ways and I persist in my sin of sloth that is leading me into a state of dangerous proverty and homelessness.

I have prayed that God give me a true contrition for my sins and the grace to follow His commandments.

Would you and your community please pray for me and give me some comforting words about God's mercy for sinners who persist in their sin?

I am afraid of the just punishment my sins deserve here and in hell or purgatory.

Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM

Dear Therese:

We will certainly pray for you.

God makes many promises. We can trust that God will not lie to us. Thus, when we read these promises in the Bible either those promises are true or God is a liar. God is not a liar.

One of the promises that God makes relates to the struggle we have with temptation and sin:

1 Cor 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

There are three promises here:

1) whatever temptations you have is common for people to have. Thus, it is not some special temptation that others have not experienced.

2) God will not allow you to be tempted beyond your strength. If you experience a temptation, then you KNOW you can handle it because God would not let it into your life if you could not handle it.

3) God will ALWAYS give you a way to escape the temptation. There is always a way to not fall into sin.

These are the promises of God and God is not a liar.

What you need to do is realize these promises, to believe them, and to trust God. Then you need to look for the ways that God is giving you to avoid falling into sin. That may be more prayer and devotion, frequent Confession, or even psychological counseling. But, whatever the method of escape it, you have that escape available to you because God said so.

We will be praying for you.

God Bless,
Bro. Ignatius Mary

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