Wednesday, July 16, 2008

IMITATION OF CHRIST: meditation of the day...

On Resisting Temptation (part 2)

The beginning of all temptation lies in a wavering mind and little trust in God, for as a rudderless ship is driven hither and yon by waves, so a careless and irresolute man is tempted in many ways. Fire tempers iron and temptation steels the just. Often we do not know what we can stand, but temptation shows us what we are. (we each will deal with our own temptations in is important to first see what they are and then wipe them out little by little)

Above all, we must be especially alert against the beginnings of temptation, for the enemy is more easily conquered if he is refused admittance to the mind and is met beyond the threshold when he knocks. Someone has said very aptly: "Resist the beginnings; remedies come too late, when by long delay the evil has gained strength." (James 4:7Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you.James 4:6-8-I love saying the St.Michael Prayer!!!)

First, a mere thought comes to mind, then strong imagination, followed by pleasure, evil delight, and consent. (in my case...remorse {that didn't taste that good})Thus, because he is not resisted in the beginning, Satan gains full entry. And the longer a man delays in resisting, so much the weaker does he become each day, while the strength of the enemy grows against him.(This is why confession as much as possible is important!!!)

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