Why sensual delights & pleasures?

Why does St. Ignatius mention the sins of the flesh alone in Rule 1?

  1. Probably from his own experience – recalling his life before his conversion.
  2. Sins of the flesh are often more widespread and can be repeated more frequently than others (like impiety, unbelief, murder – which are more grave).
  3. Sins of the flesh are often gateway sins to other sins.

See Antonio Denis, SJ, & Fr. Gallagher for more on this…

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