As TAN puts it, "Everyone, unfortunately, will see himself described in the pages of this little book..." Fortunately, I also found the companion to The Seven Capital Sins, a book titled, Confession, Its Fruitful Practice. So, as difficult as this information is to read, it is invaluable for drawing closer to God.
I went on to create a full color illustration of the seven headed monster (which is now the home page of this web site) and then created the rest of this website to promote the knowledge that so few understand about sin and its working in our lives. I want to thank the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. Apparently those nuns were holy and gave the world this gem to aid us in the battle for our souls. I also want to credit TAN for publishing this book as they asked for a mention in the publication of this site, and encourage everyone to buy a copy!
Knowing your enemy is half the battle. The other half is practicing the virutues that remedy sin in your life and, of course, praying constantly.
"For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: in all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one. And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God)."
About The Illustration
Found in the first few pages of the book, "The Seven Capital Sins", the graphic description of the seven headed monster is the true enemy of us all.
Here is the original sketch from which the final illustration was created:
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Excerpt from "The Seven Capital Sins"
"An early writer, in keeping with the spirit of his time, brings home the viciousness of the Capital Sins by depicting them under the forms of animals. Pride is characterized as a lion; covetousness or avarice as a fox; lust as a scorpion; anger as a unicorn, "which beareth on his nose the horn with which he butteth at all whom he reacheth"; envy as a venomous serpent; gluttony as "the swine of greediness"; and sloth as a bear.
Sins of the Mind
The same writer says it is the devil who incites in us temptations to sins of malice, such as pride, haughtiness, envy and anger, and to the countless other sins that spring from these roots. Because sins of malice are more especially sins of the mind, or "spiritual" sins, they are more grievous in their nature.
Sins of the Flesh
The flesh, he says, naturally inclines us to lust and gluttony, to ease and self-indulgence, which are sins of the body, or "carnal" sins, and more shameful and disgraceful in the sight off men.
Sins of the World
Finally, the world urges us to covet wealth, prosperity, honor and other satisfactions, which are only delusions and lead us to fall in love with shadows.
First, I dedicate this site to God. Then, as a father, to and for my children, as a tool against the evils that plague us and are constantly battling for our souls. I dedicate this site to everyone; there is not a soul that is exempt from this enemy.
This website is an antidote for those who no longer believe in the power of evil or sin; to those who are under the great deception that freedom is found in the right to choose, and that choice is the perrogative of the individual and that a choice bears no consequence. I also recommend that when you read this site, you immediately avail yourself of the confessional. Tell all, hide nothing, beg for mercy, and then sing the praise of God! Pass the link of this site to others. That email from you may render the result of defending your loved one, family member, or friend from this unseen enemy.