Today is Mardi Gras AKA Fat Tuesday, so it’s basically that day of “eat, drink, and be merry” before the barren solemnity of Lent, which starts tomorrow. That got me thinking about the seven deadly sins, which are always a source of fascination to me, and of course, that made me think of the movie Se7en, which came out in 1995 and featured Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Morgan Freeman.
Part of me was disgusted by how graphic the movie was, and part of me loved the premise. A serial killer who punished and murdered people based on which of the seven deadly sins they had let control their lives. The movie really makes you think about the nature of sin and punishment. Yes, it may feel good to be bad, but it’s easy to let the bad things get out of control, and for earthly pleasures to take over your life.
To oppose the seven deadly sins are the seven virtues, which are as follows:
Chastity, as opposed to lust
Temperance, as opposed to gluttony
Charity, as opposed to greed
Diligence, as opposed to sloth
Patience, as opposed to wrath
Kindness, as opposed to envy
Humility, as opposed to pride
Nothing truly worth having ever came easy. We have to work for what we want, push aside temporary desires, and minimize our indulgence in life’s pleasure so we don’t lose track of what is truly important. I feel like that’s a good message right before Lent. The things of this world are fleeting and all will pass away. It might be hard to practice the seven virtues, and easy to fall into the traps of the seven deadly sins, but in the end, the struggle is worth it if we can become better people.