Deadly venomous vapors are on the move and they are crafty, steadfast, stealth, and all-around bad for your health. We are talking a kind of chemical warfare that is actually spiritual warfare. It precedes the world’s oldest profession, and the only known cures are abstinence and confession. The stench of this ancient toxin looms just as heavily today as it ever did. It’s to be avoided like the plague, because it is a plague. “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name.”
It’s Mick Jagger. And Mick Jagger is really Howard The Duck. (How could you not see it?!)
Surely I’m just jesting Jagger. What I’m really talking about is PALE GAS, an easy trick you can use to help you remember the Seven Deadly Sins.
Avarice (or greed)
I didn’t come up with this list myself, but have found it to be a useful mnemonic tool for a moronic tool like myself. A wise man once said, “Know thy enemy”, and, if said wiseguy thought things through even further, he might have said: know thy enemy in the form of a clever acronym. But, who knows, maybe smahty was in a hurry.
The number seven is considered to be of importance, because it is so frequently used throughout the Bible. I mean, Three is obviously the Crown Prince of numbers, since we have the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit; but numerology be calling me and leading me down all kinds of numerical paths. (New miracle?) Can it be that seven is God and man combined?
From the book “Biblical Mathematics” by Evangelist Ed F. Vallowe:
When man began to analyze and combine numbers, he developed other interesting symbols. He took the perfect world number FOUR and added to it the perfect divine number, THREE, and got SEVEN, the most sacred number to the Hebrews. It was earth crowned with heaven — the four-square earth plus the divine COMPLETENESS OF GOD. So we have SEVEN expressing COMPLETENESS through union of earth with heaven. This number is used more than all other numbers in the Word of God, save the number ONE.
In the Book of Revelation the number SEVEN is used throughout. There are SEVEN churches, SEVEN Spirits, SEVEN stars, SEVEN seals, SEVEN trumpets, SEVEN vials, SEVEN personages, SEVEN dooms, and SEVEN new things. SEVEN symbolizes Spiritual Perfection. All of life revolves around this number. SEVEN is used over 700 times in the Bible. It is used 54 times in the Book of Revelation.
The whole Word of God is founded upon the number SEVEN. It stands for the SEVENTH day of the Creation Week, and speaks of the Millennial Rest day. It denotes COMPLETENESS or PERFECTION.
In Leviticus 23:15-16, the number SEVEN and the Sabbath, which was the SEVENTH day, is connected with the word COMPLETE. The word COMPLETE follows after the words “SEVEN SABBATH” (Seventh day). The day following the SEVENTH sabbath there was something NEW that took place.
The word FINISHED is also connected with the number SEVEN. In Revelation 10:7 we read,
“In the days of the voice of the SEVENTH angel, when he shall begin to sound the mystery of God should be FINISHED.”
“It is DONE” is another expression found in connection with the number Seven.
“And the SEVENTH angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne saying, It is DONE.” (Revelation 16:17)
Yeah, and our Lord on the cross can be heard uttering “It is finished,” just prior to commending His spirit into the hands of the Father. The deeper we go, the deeper it gets. I love it!
In order to combat the deadly PALE GAS we have the Seven Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, Matrimony); in addition to the the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of God); and Seven Virtues, which are a combination of the four Cardinal Virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Courage (or Fortitude); along with the three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love (or Charity).
We should utilize these seven heavenly gifts so often that we become virtual virtuosos of virtue. In due time, anyway. You know, patience is a virtue. But if we don’t incorporate these graces into our daily lives we run the risk of Perdition by subtraction. So, don’t fall victim to the PALE GAS; the silent killer.