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Tips on how to curb jealous and greedy thoughts

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Tip #1: Consider the circumstances of Jesus’ birth.

It’s easy to want more things. In fact, our culture ingrains this tendency within us at an early age. The modern-day celebration of Christmas doesn’t help at all either.

Yet, this inordinate desire for more is not good for us. It leaves us unsatisfied and always looking towards the “greener grass,” which is never within reach.

What are we to do?

Venerable Louis of Granada, a Dominican priest of the 16th century, gave his advice in a book rightly called The Sinner’s Guide. In it, he gives a step-by-step plan for sinners who want to start practicing virtue and be released from their slavery to sin.

Here are a few spiritual tips he gave regarding the sin of “covetousness.”

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