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I was struck, the other day, to see another quote from St. Teresa of Avila — the one which graces the header of this piece: “Don’t let your sins turn into bad habits” because it is a command that nearly begs the reader to ask, “what is the difference?”
That’s actually the question Zoe Romanowsky asked me, when the quote came up in a discussion of my most recent book, Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick Us:
When Zoe asked the question, this is how I answered it:
What’s the difference between a sin and a bad habit?
Teresa of Avila said, “Don’t let your sins turn into bad habits.” In my book I note that and then add: “Don’t let your bad habits turn into sins.” I confess I can’t always easily differentiate between them, but Teresa is a Doctor of the Church, so if she says there’s a difference, I will believe her. Maybe I can answer this way: if Teresa was talking to one of her nuns who had missed Mass once because she just wasn’t in the mood, she might caution, “Sister, don’t let your sin become a bad habit.” In other words, try not to do that again.
On the other hand, if she had a nun who was perhaps a bit of a dreamer, who missed the bells ringing calling her to Mass, she might caution the sister to not let that bad habit of unawareness — of dawdling in a daydream — turn into the sin of putting herself before God, before worship.
So, there is that.**
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