By Tony Capobianco
This, the fifth and final installment of the sin and the soul series reflects upon the final consequences of mortal sin. Every time mortal sin is chosen, sanctifying grace is lost in that particular soul as that soul essentially evicts the indwelling of the Most Blessed Trinity from their interior life. Choosing to commit mortal sin is to choose death rather than life, darkness rather than light. It is a choice to crucify one’s very own soul. Once a soul suffers crucifixion it is impossible for it to escape from the cross under its own powers. The soul cannot will itself to freedom and life. Only divine intervention could defeat death and resurrect this dead soul.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich powerfully describes the mystical vision in in which she was blessed to see the most sorrowful scene of Our Redeemer’s crucifixion as Follows,
Wherever sin, wickedness, and evil are found, the Devil will not be far away. The above excerpt from Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision shows a multitude of hideous demons diabolically urging the wicked men to increase the cruelty of their wicked deeds toward Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother during His Sorrowful Passion. The same nefarious scene continues every time that a person chooses to commit mortal sin. In a mystical manner the soul of a person in mortal sin undergoes the sorrows of Our Savior’s Passion as the soul is horribly isolated, disfigured, and killed as the life of sanctifying grace departs. This spiritual death will become what Sacred Scripture calls the second death unless the soul is saved before her body draws its last breath here in this earthly pilgrimage. The fallen angels, the demons, know that each mortal sin, no matter when in time that they are committed add to the Lord’s suffering from the Agony in the Garden through the crucifixion on Calvary. The demons hate God and they also loathe man and as such they distortedly delight in the suffering of both. The Devil and his sinister servants engage in a wrathful revelry as they know that each mortal sin is a deadly nail hammered into both Jesus Christ on the Cross and into the soul which commits the mortal sin.
The Crown of Thorns painfully remained pierced into Our Blessed Lord’s adorable head as He hung on the holy cross. So too, the crown of thorns remain pierced onto the head of the crucified soul of a sinner. The crown of thorns which adorns the soul in a state of mortal sin fittingly depicts the well deserved crown of mockery, for each and every choice to commit mortal sin has the deadly sin of pride at its root. When the soul usurps the authority to know and judge between good and evil, she necessarily has placed herself above God and presents herself to be as God. This diabolical pride is precisely the same sin which caused Lucifer to fall from grace and to become Satan, the Devil. To reject God’s will is to reject God and doing so elevate one’s own will above the will of the omnipotent and omniscient God.
The wood of the cross corresponds to the will of the soul. The will of the soul of a stubbornly unrepentant sinner remains as rigid as the actual wood of the cross on which Our Lord Jesus hung as the will becomes locked in defying and rejecting the will of the Lord. Such a soul prefers darkness rather than light.
The nails which pierce the soul and fix it to the cross are the mortal sins that she chose to commit. Each and every one of our mortal sins viciously hammer the nails into and through the hands and feet of Our sweet, sinless Savior as He permits His most precious blood to pour forth down the high altar of the cross and onto the ground. Therefore there is no such thing as a victimless mortal sin because each mortal sin greatly offends God and additionally causes the Word Incarnate to suffer unfathomable agonies in His sorrowful passion. Furthermore, the soul guilty of these grave offenses suffers the anguish of a spiritual crucifixion which will assuredly become an eternal fate unless true acts of contrition and repentance are made and absolution is received from the Lord. The crucified soul feels abandoned as she hangs in excruciating pain upon the cross and the tragedy is that such a soul is truly abandoned because it is she that banished God from His abode inside her. It is the sinful soul that condemned itself to be crucified.
Just as the mission of Salvation and Redemption were finished as Jesus breathed His last breath and gave up His ghost, so too the human soul’s pilgrimage on earth and chance for salvation is finished when its body breathes its last breath as death arrives. After death, there is no longer an opportunity to repent and seek the Lord’s life giving ocean of mercy. At the moment of death, the state of a soul, whether in a state of mortal sin or a state of grace, is locked for eternity. The sinful crucified soul is not without hope so long as its body is still alive because until the person dies, the chance for repentance and receiving salvation remain a possibility. Only Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can save a soul that is tragically crucified in a state of mortal sin. The Lord Jesus Christ’s triumph of the cross is celebrated on Easter Sunday. Each and every recipient of absolution through the Sacrament of Confession experiences a true miracle as their soul, which was dead and crucified in mortal sin, is resurrected by Jesus Christ. The terrible and disastrous consequences of sin are real and powerful and yet the love and mercy of the Lord is infinitely more powerful, sweet, good, and beautiful. When seemingly trapped in the desolation produced by sin as sin crucifies the soul, always remember this,
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