Ref: Archbishop’s Blog, During the Season of Lent, April 15th2011, http://archstl.org/category/archdiocesan-sections/archbishops-blog
Ref; All our Bible references come from the University of Michigan Online Library, 1997, Bible, KJV. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/k/kjv/kjv-idx?type=simple&format=Long&q1=his+life&restrict=All&size=First+100
Good day to you St. Louisans! We do hope and pray all are enjoying this gorgeous autumn day!
Sin and righteousness, the biblical antitypes constantly at war in the world and the human soul, are oftentimes given treatment by scholars, theologians, and denominations that fly in the face of biblical reality. Catholicism has one such doctrine, a doctrine that teaches us how to deal with sin. Following is what Arch Bishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis had to say about Catholicism’s view of sin, how to treat it, and establish righteousness.
“…in order to be spiritually healthy we have to examine: 1) the symptoms of sin — our overt sinful actions, 2) the underlying causes of sin — the attitudes and habits of our heart, from which our actions spring, 3) the healing offered by Jesus, and 4) how the healing mission of Jesus is made available to us in the Church through the sacraments.”
First of all, we do not believe there is a Catholic on earth, that if asked the question, (how did Jesus heal people?), could say that He went into a closet, heard a confession, told them to pray the Rosary thirty times and so forth and so forth, and then receive communion. Such just isn’t true. However, Jesus died on the Cross to provide a way for us to have continual spiritual health. Such is to be born again and filled with His Spirit.
Sacraments are only valuable in so far as they cause us to turn our faith loose and receive a cleansing of our soul. They do absolutely nothing for us spiritually. Nothing!
Christian spirituality has remained a mystery to most since the time of Constantine. As noted earlier in our articles on Christian Creeds we pointed out how unrepresentative they were of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of our Lord being made our spiritual life within us. If Christ is the life of our spirit within us, how then is it possible for our spirit to be sick?
If we say our spirit has sin then we are not of Christ at all. We are still in Adam, and are dead to God because of sin. As it is written, Rom.8  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he isnone of his.There is only one way our spirit can be made healthy. Here is what the Apostle Paul had to say about it.
 That if thou shaltconfess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouthconfession is made unto salvation.
Believing in our heart and confessing with our mouth brings the new birth of Christ’s life into our spirit. Such is not a dead panned regurgitation of words someone has given us to repeat, or a sacrament, or a right, or a ritual, but a desperate cry from a woeful creature that has come to understand how hopelessly lost they are without Christ in their life.
If we are not alive to God through the Spirit of Christ within us, all the sacraments received, all the rites performed, and all rituals followed will not get us into Heaven.
 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but anew creature. We are declared righteous by God when the Spirit of His Son Jesus becomes our spiritual life.
Here are the very things, i.e. spiritual witnesses that come to us to let us know we have been saved through Christ’s life in us and that God Almighty is indeed our Heavenly Love Dad.
First of all we know Christ has come into our spirit and given us life because old things have passed away and all things have become new. The old desires that once brought us pleasure no longer hold us in bondage.
 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things arepassed away; behold, all things are become new.
The second thing of great spiritual significance that comes to us is as follows.
 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry,Abba, Father.
 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying,Abba, Father.
The third and most dynamic witness to the life of Christ within us is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. If for whatever reason our believing has not brought to us either spiritual witness above, we must ask, seek, and knock until we have been filled with all of His fullness. For it is then old things will pass away and all things become new. And it is not long afterward that we will cry, Abba, Father.
We are all entitled to experience the life of Christ within us. Jesus did not say to us we might receive such. He said the following.
 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Spiritual experience is not an option. It is a necessity. It is a necessity because Christ’s death on the cross purchased our right to be made alive spiritually with His life and to be to the Father as He was to the Father. Jesus promised that He would not leave us comfortless, that He would come to us. Moreover, He promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, and the Holy Ghost to us to be in us forever. It is impossible not to have spiritual experiences if God lives within us in the presence of His Son.
So how do we become healthy spiritually? We confess with the mouth that we have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead.
We become spiritually healthy when Jesus makes His home in our heart. So it isn’t our spirit that needs treatment, it is our soul that is in jeopardy because of sin. After we have been converted and healed by our Lord, our soul must be saved through the life of Christ that is now in us. Here is what the Apostle had to say about our spiritual walk.
 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
How can such happen if we do not experience His presence within us, leading, teaching, and guiding us into all understanding? Sin is a problem for us if our only experience is in overt actions carried out in the flesh with the consent of the soul. And such will continue to be the case as long as we allow our flesh to rule us.
But it is the duty of Christ within us to so move upon our soul over time that we learn that the desires of Christ within, when acted upon, produce every good thing. If we are not receiving the leading of our recreated inward made-of-the-Spirit of Christ man, then we are still siding with the desires of our flesh.
If we would grow spiritually, and have our soul saved through the life of Jesus within us, we must will ourselves to side with our spirit and not our flesh. If we would be successful hearing from the Lord we must love and keep His Words that He has spoken to us in the Bible, chiefly those things He said to His Apostles before and after His crucifixion, and those things He revealed to the writers of the New Testament epistles.
We highly recommend that those readers of this article desiring to have their eternal destiny be Heaven, read, study, and meditate upon all of our previous teachings on Christian Spiritual Life located among our articles here on The Examiner.
This article was written for the benefit of those in religious congregations where there is little understanding of Christian Spiritual Life, how it is obtained and verified in our lives. In no way are we advocating anyone leave their home church whether it Catholic or Protestant. We are advocating all subject themselves to the expressed will of God that comes from within.
Sin is the consequence of our soul siding with our flesh, as it is written, the soul that sins shall die. We are healed spiritually and made righteous when we ARE BORN AGAIN WITH THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST WITHIN US. Our soul is saved gradually as we learn to obey the desires of God within us rather than our fleshly appetites without.
Your servant in Christ Jesus, Mr. C.