Are the Seven Deadly Sins Really That Deadly? 

by Christine Schicker Thursday, February 11, 2010

Contact: Christine Schicker
404-610-8871 or

New Program from Word On Fire Gives Readers the Answers

CHICAGO, Feb. 11 – Where do the seven deadly sins come from? Why are they deadly? How can Catholics prepare their hearts and minds against them? As we enter Lent, Fr. Robert Barron will take participants of his new study program on a journey with the seven deadly sins. As a companion to his popular DVD Seven Deadly Sins/Seven Lively Virtues, readers of the study will learn the nature of these sins and what the corresponding virtue is for each one, receiving practical advice from Fr. Barron on how to instill this virtue in their lives.

The study guide features a full introduction to the seven deadly sins and seven lively virtues, using the Bible and the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” as additional study tools. The guide is divided into eight sections: an introduction and one section for each sin and its countervailing virtue. Each section provides four or five “Questions for Understanding” with references from Scripture and from the Catechism. Each section also provides four or five “Questions for Reflection,” which help readers reflect on how Fr. Barron’s message is relevant to their own life and experiences. The guide also includes an examination of conscience that can be used to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

“I lay out the seven, classical deadly sins and the seven answering virtues,” Fr. Barron said. “This is very helpful to those who want to examine their conscience. When I am in the confessional with people, I will mention the seven deadly sins as a way of examining one’s conscience. The discussions in this new study companion has a number of practical applications in the spiritual life, which are perfect for the Season of Lent.”

Additionally, users have the opportunity to access a free answer key on the Word On Fire Web site, For those participating in group study, the password may be used to access a free facilitator’s guide and downloadable promotional materials.

Fr. Barron, one of the world’s great and innovative teachers of Catholicism, founded Word On Fire, a global media organization, in hopes of attracting millions into or back to the Catholic faith through his vibrant sermons and comprehensive online resources. Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George calls Fr. Barron one of the Church’s best messengers. The Web site is a one-stop shop where visitors can learn about and be inspired by the Catholic faith. Originally launched in 1999, currently draws more than 500,000 unique visitors each year from every continent.

Fr. Barron is the Director of Word on Fire and is the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at The University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He is available for interviews. Please contact Christine Schicker with The Maximus Group at 404-610-8871.


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