I was reading some things about how we often try to control our behavior with “willpower” and how that does not work on those nagging temptations we may have. In some cases, willpower gets used up and if we aren’t doing much else to help the situation, we can fall prey to our temptations. Some religious people would describe this as how the devil can wear us down.
I don’t think people should be surprised when they read about various people who should know better, but commit some truly awful sins. In many cases, we continue to see some of this in priests. And while years ago, there were some priests whose behavior was uncovered only after many crimes, I don’t think they will get away with it today. Today you see some of the same sins committed and the perpetrator does something so obvious, he more or less gives himself up.
I suspect that years from now, people may find that these actions can be quelled before they ever happen if the person tempted to act can be honest with what he is facing and if he can get help. Old standby actions like avoiding “the occasion of sin” does not seem to be popular these days, but I think it is actually a good way to cut down on mistakes. Some people think that it is just fine for a engaged man to spend an evening with his pals and a bunch of exotic dancers and things will turn out just fine. Someone may be a hundred pounds overweight and her spouse continues to buy food to stack the pantry with that may lead to her death.
Traveling on business can often be an issue. Colleagues want to get together at some bar after hours and all kinds of things can occur. When the gang wants to hang out late at night and you are in a strange place, “no” is probably a good answer. For a lot of bad behavior, counseling can be helpful.
Honest policemen can sometimes make some huge mistakes when they are finding it hard to make ends meet and there is drug money and valuables around. They might do the right thing a thousand times and one day give in temptation. But talking to honest friends and others who deal with such temptation can be helpful.
The truth is most everyone can use some help keeping our head up and doing what is right. But for some reason, there seems to an attack on the sacred and good these days that seems like an effort to discredit people and lead our society right down a hole. Faith is not the root of all evil, but if our society continues to discredit it, it makes life much more difficult.
At sporting Chance Press, we continue to focus on the good in our Sports and Faith Series. We are weeks away from publication of our new book, Worthwhile Struggle, the fourth book in our series on Sports and Faith. Like other books in the Sports and Faith Series, Worthwhile Struggle a personal chronicle of Chicago Bears Senior Director Patrick McCaskey that looks back at decades of spiritual enrichment and life lessons from athletes, coaches, religious, and everyday people. McCaskey recalls the stories of those who worked hard to make the cut on and off the field plus people who left comfortable lives to serve the under-served in extraordinary ways–like Sister Jean of Loyola University. In Worthwhile Struggle, each chapter also includes a brief story on one of the saints.