Sin, O Happy Fault

An Ignatian Prayer Adventure online retreat

My three favorite words in any language are, “O felix culpa—O happy fault.” I talk about why in today’s video, part of our discussion of sin in this Week 3 of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

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Paul Brian Campbell, SJ
Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and associate pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, DC. Previously the Publisher at Loyola Press, Father Paul continues his dedication to encouraging others to work together and find God in all things.


  1. I grow up the most vulnerable child in our family, and sin caught me in every corners of my deepest memory. But today, I wanted to go where God will call to partner me even death prevails me.

  2. This video is linked to from Wk 3 Day 1 of Ign. Prayer Adv. I want to comment on the scripture passage for that day: Gen. 3. Felix culpa can apply to Eve’s initiative in stepping over the boundary of pre-self-conscious innocence into fully human self-consciousness. A “mistake”? But we grow up by trying and failing. This text actually blocks me from considering my waywardness (sin) bc it has been used to demonize women. Possible to choose another?


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