REVIEW: A Modern Sinner’s Guide for the Third Millennium
My Rosary Power Devotees today I would like to review the wonderful “A Modern Sinner’s Guide for the Third Millennium” by Angelo Stagnaro which is a comprehensive look at sin and how to avoid it. The whole book is one that uses logic and reason to show you a path out of sin. A way to see that sin is not only a mistake in eternity but a mistake even now. The devil is always quick to convince you of the nothingness of the sin and then once you have committed it how unforgiveable it is. This book will help you climb out of your pride to see the need you have for Grace and strength to be good and true.
My favorite part of this book is the references to Ayn Rand whose books were integral in my becoming an atheist when I was in my twenties. I long ago refuted her atheistic arguments in my heart but to see all of her theorems destroyed in this logical and concise book was amazing to me. For me, the heartlessness and hopelessness of atheism always saddened me and eventually drove me to my knees where God’s grace carried me up again in strength and grace. God is Great!
Here are my top ten favorite quotes from the book: The basis of all sin is Pride; The best proof against relativism is the fact that no one really believes in it. People who are evil consider themselves the greatest of saints. Some even consider themselves gods. Humanity is incapable of avoiding sin. If we were capable of doing so, God would be redundant. Left to our own device, we would fail miserably. However, by relying upon the grace of God, we can struggle in an effective manner against sin. No one, when physically attacked, stolen from, deceived, or cheated thinks: Well, my attacker merely has a different opinion and perspective than I do, and I have no right to impose my beliefs on him. If we are all destined for Heaven, why bother with this earth-bound existence?The better part of valor is discretion and the best way to deal with temptation is to avoid its near occasion. Temptations are not caused by God, but are allowed by Him as opportunities for practicing virtue and reliance upon His grace.A little bit of selfishness goes a long way in ruining a great deal of altruism. In this life, we can choose to travel either toward God or away from Him.Let us all read this amazing book and Travel much further toward God!
Originally published at www.thepoweroftherosary.com.