Our souls and bodies have been effected by Original Sin to tend toward what is not good. If we have sinned since our baptism, each one of us has a good person and a fallen person. And they struggle together.
God has given us help through the Holy Sacraments. Baptism rescues us from clutches of the devil and filled us with supernatural graces to live a holy life. It is like a shield around a weak person that bounces off the darts of the devil But once we make a mortal sin, that shield is pierced and we are more vulnerable to the flesh and the devil.
Holy Eucharist gives us God’s strength to live a holy life. Confirmation gave us a further outpouring of the Holy Spirit so as to obey the spirit, not the flesh.
St. Paul states all this very well when he writes about the flesh lusting against the spirit;
I say then, walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the spirit: and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another: so that you do not the things that you would. But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, Idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like. Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, Mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity. Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’ s, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16-25
So let us ask God to help us to live by the spirit, which never dies, the good person in us, and not the flesh that will die.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics, even though we are sinners, we humbly ask God to give us the graces everyday to stay faithful to Him.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.