Given the ever-evolving nature of our society and the mountain of changes that have occurred since the inception of the Catholic Church, it is only logical that the Vatican would occasionally update the list of sins. Two weeks ago, genetic manipulation and pollution were made the most recent of moral indiscretions. Now, causing an environmental downfall could spell, in the eyes of the Catholics, an eternal downfall. So you might want to keep that in mind the next time you forget to recycle or drive two blocks rather than walk, but don’t become so consumed with this new sin that you forget about the originals, particularly gluttony and sloth.
They are two of the seven deadly, sure tickets after life to eternal damnation and in life, sure tickets to ill health. Regularly giving in to the desire to overindulge will result in weight gain, high cholesterol, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oh so many other problems. Pairing that with inactivity will only heighten the risk that you’ll develop one of these conditions and in fact, might even ensure that you get more than one. And that will mean that the years preceding Hell will be . . . hellish.
If you’d like to create a more Eden-like life, conquer gluttony and sloth. Eat the foods you enjoy but in moderation. Exercise regularly so that activity is a more prevalent part of your day than inertia. Use the changing season to get outside and get moving. Use the budding plants to reintroduce fruits and vegetables into your diet. Create a well-balanced, healthful existence, and then, should you be bound for eternal damnation, at least you’ll have these years of vigor, energy and wellbeing as consolation.