Thoughts from a young theologian

How to memorize the 7 deadly sins


So as promised, here is the teaching I’ve received on memory castles… A memory castle is essentially an image in your mind that you can repeatedly go back to when you’re trying to remember something. The best way to illustrate it is to actually get you to build one… So… Close your eyes… Now kinda open them so you can read what I’m gonna get you to picture in your mind… Ehheehehhe kidding! πŸ™‚

You’re standing in front of a home… It’s a very nice house, maybe it looks like your own. You walk into through the front door to a very large reception hall. In the middle of this hall is an enormous statue of yourself surrounded by a pride of lions. You’re holding a sign with the letter Y The first deadly sin: pride

Now to your right, you notice a window and peering outside that window, you see a weird looking tree with dollar bills hanging of it made of rice! Underneath the tree are two big hands catching the money… The second deadly sin sounds like rice.. It’s avarice!

Underneath this tree next to the two big hands is a guy who’s all green and covered with ivy, and he’s holding a pair of dice in his hands. The third deadly sin sounds like ivy.. It’s envy!

Next to the window is a coffee table with a Christmas wreath that’s old, dry and broken. Beside that is a Christmas gift that is for giving. Wreath sounds like our fourth deadly sin… It’s wrath!

Now towards the back of the room is a big screen TV with an Elvis Presley (Hey!! I didn’t make this memory castle up… It was Fr. Peter’s castle so you’ll have to modify it for yourself.. πŸ™‚ ) movie playing on it called “Girls Girls Girls”. Beside that TV is your mother saying you shouldn’t watch movies like this!! This sin is lust!!!

Next to the TV is a fireplace with a pig running around in a cage. This sin is gluttony!

Finally, on your left is a big hairy creature playing video games on a computer. He’s wrapped in a finish line… He is sloth!!!

Traditionally, each of the 7 deadly sins is given an antidote. Jesus said exactly 7 words from the cross and each word is associated to one of the 7 deadly sins. Now this is the cool part… Father Peter didn’t just give us the means of memorizing the 7 deadly sins but also the word Jesus spoke from the cross that is a remedy against that sin.

To counter pride, we have Jesus crying out “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Hence our statue of pride is holding the letter Y

To heal against the sin of avarice, Jesus said “Into Your hands, I commend my spirit.” Stop greed by trusting in God. That’s why under the tree catching the money are the handa

Pair of dice = paradise!! Get it? Against envy, we have “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

The gift for-giving… Um… What’s that? Oh yeah!! Forgiving!! πŸ™‚ To prevent against wrath: Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing!

Have a problem with lust? No problem!! Think about your mom!! Behold your mother!! The demon of lust catches us by saying you’re an old mature adult now and can do whatever you want. But we all need a mother

Against gluttony, we have Jesus saying “I thirst.” And finally, we see the sloth wrapped in a finish line. The demon of sloth always keeps is busy by never letting us finish anything. As a result, we develop spiritual laziness, numbness and an aversion for quiet. For that, Jesus says “It is finished!”

6 years of university study and I just get this lesson now!! Hheheh oh well… Bette late than never!!

Sorry for that super long post but I promised it would come!! Also from this point onwards, I’ll only likely be able to post 3 times a week… I’m gonna try and concentrate really hard on my studies to help God’s people later on… If that’s what I discern to be the will of God for me… I’ll try and bring you along each step of the way!! God bless!!! πŸ˜€

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2 responses

  1. Hazelle

    I love this!! Thanks for sharing!
    I need to go back and read it a few more times so that I may remember, but, seriously, thanks for sharing!!

    September 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

  2. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/265269.The_Seven_Capital_Sins
    http://www.amazon.ca/Seven-Capital-Sins-Fulton-Sheen/dp/0818908912

    “Fulton Sheen correlated the Seven Last Words from the Cross with these Seven Capital Sins and shows how when we make God the enemy, we can never be sure that we have won the day. When God is our ally, as He was on the Cross, we can be sure that the victory is ours.”

    You will find the book at the above links. I bought mine from Amazon.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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