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The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies (Self-Paced)



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The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies







Dr. Kevin Clarke

Associate Professor, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, Sacred Heart Major Seminary


Teaching Assistant

Melissa Pordon


Course Description

Delve into the fascinating world of the seven deadly sins that have captured the imaginations of literary giants like Dante and artistic legends like Hieronymus Bosch. But did you know the wisdom to conquer these 'capital vices' has been with us for centuries? Long before modern times, the revered Fathers of the Church identified these sins—sometimes called the 'eight evil thoughts' in the East—and offered time-tested remedies.

Are you ready to learn how capital vices can prove to be important considerations for self-diagnosis in the examination of your conscience and how the virtues can provide healing for our spiritual ailments? This 6-module course is your gateway to understanding how these capital vices affect your life and, more importantly, how to harness the virtues for your personal growth.

Completing at your own pace, you can use this course as a Lenten study to grow deeper in your personal relationship with Jesus.


This course is not intended to be academically strenuous but to provide a shallow-entry point for those who have busy lives and need flexibility. This course is designed for personal enrichment and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 




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For technical support see the Tech Support guide in the Welcome module of the course.



Required Readings:

No required texts for this course


Schedule of Topics:

  • Introductory Module
  • Module 1: A Brief History of the Deadly Sins 
  • Module 2: Repelling Evil Thoughts with the Virtues
  • Module 3: The ‘Base’ Passions and the Path to Self-Mastery 
  • Module 4: The ‘Spirited’ Passions and the Path to Peace 
  • Module 5: Overcoming a Vice of the Whole Soul 
  • Module 6: Humility to Conquer the Rational Passions 


Module Activities:

The following learning activities are available to students in each module. There are no specific requirements for participating in the course. However, those who complete all the videos and self-tests will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

  • Video lectures 
  • Recommended readings and links to additional learning resources
  • Self-test to see what you’ve learned
  • Group discussion guides

The time commitment is flexible for this course. There is one video lecture (~20 min) in each module. Participants who are interested in completing all recommended readings and course tasks can expect to spend around 2-3 hours/module on the course. However, levels of participation and engagement are up to the discretion of the individual.


All Equip Courses Include These Features:

  • A dedicated online learning support coordinator to offer prompt assistance
  • 24/7 access to the digital learning environment
  • Engagement as a community of connected learners who share a common faith
  • Extended access to course content after the course end date
  • Learning environment support provided by Canvas (our learning management platform)
  • Technical assistance provided by Sacred Heart’s IT staff
  • A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the course learning activities


Technical Requirements:

Canvas Tech Requirements

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