Awhile back I listened to the entirety of Fr. Corapi’s “The Teaching of Jesus Christ” series (which was great). But during the series, Father numerous times repeated the statement, to the effect of, when I am tempted to judge others for the sin they have committed, I can remember to say to myself “There, but for the grace of God, go I”.
I thought it was a really good saying at the time. But recently it came to mind again and I wanted to look up where the statement came from and found that it is attributed to a heretic from the Protestant revolt. So now I am wondering if it is actually good Catholic theology.
Perhaps I am interpreting the statement wrong. But my question is this: is it by the grace of God that some people are more likely to fall into one sin than another? That is, does God preserve some people from a tendency to commit certain sins but not others? Obviously He preserved our blessed mother from all tendency to commit sin. And it seems from human observation that some people are more likely to commit some sins than others (predominant faults, etc.) but what can I grasp in official Church teaching that actually talks about God’s grace giving some people and not others a tendency to not commit certain sins?
I hope that makes sense. Thanks for any input.