Virtues and Vices
From a Christian perspective human beings can be guided by two different natures: we can follow the sinful human nature that leads to debauchery and licentiousness, OR we can respond to the call to live according to the divine nature through our belief in Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4). St. Paul in his letter to the Romans issues an “urgent appeal” for us to “wake from sleep,” saying: “Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires” (Romans 13:12b-14). This article is based on a class we offer to our residents and their family members as part of our addiction treatment program at St. Joseph Institute. The intention of the class is to help them recognize the difference between making foolish choices vs. wise choices, and living in the darkness vs. living in the light. The key ingredient in manifesting a change in their lives is to first acknowledge the weakness in the existing pattern, and second, to cultivate a desire to live in the light.