Bitter Human Failings
SIN OCCURS RATHER easily and not infrequently. Most of us can be sympathetic when listening to stories about sin because we have all been there. Despite its superficial appeal, however, sin undermines our humanity. Sin involves willful blindness, as is illustrated in the separate experiences of Dave and Maria.
Dave was a senior in a private urban high school. For some time, he had been annoyed at his mother; especially during his senior year, she had restricted his activities with his friends. On weekdays when he had school, she insisted he had to be home by 7 P.M. and to stay home and do his homework. On the weekend, he was allowed to go out with his friends, but his mother required him to be home by 1 A.M. This meant he had to leave his friends at midnight and then take the bus home. Dave had complained often to his mother about this, but she said that his priority in his senior year still had to be academics and she wanted him to get into a good college.
Because money was tight, Dave’s mother was always careful with it. She was a single mother raising three children and it was always a stretch to pay the bills. His mom always enjoyed the time she spent with her children at home, but the demands of two jobs often kept her away in the evenings. One evening, Dave found