WHAT SIN IS
Sin is the evil of God; it is opposed to all His perfections, which it wounds, dishonours, and outrages. God is truth; sin is error and lying; God is infinite goodness; sin is wickedness and malice itself; God is essential purity and holiness; sin is defilement, abomination and opprobrium; God is infinite justice; sin is disorder and injustice; God is unity; sin is division; God is the necessary Being; sin is nothingness. Wherefore sin is the opposite of God, directly opposed to all His divine perfections; God is the supreme Good, sin is the supreme evil.
-F. Girardey, C.SS.R.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930