The Advantages Attached to Temptations and Afflictions

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life.” -James 1:12 “The Lord your God trieth you, that it may appear whether you love Him with all your heart, and with all your soul, or no.” (Deut. 13:3). Upon these words of Sacred Scripture,…

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Temptation

“Son, when thou comest to the service of God, stand in justice and in fear, and prepare thy soul for temptation.” -Ecclesiasticus 2:1 St. Jerome, upon these words, “There is a time of war and a time of peace” (Ecclus. 3:8), says, that as long as we are in this life, it is a time…

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Temptations

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye shall fall into diverse temptations.” -Epist. S. Jas., Cat., c. i, v. 2. If we are tempted, says the Holy Spirit, “it is a sign that God loves us.” Those whom God best loves have been most exposed to temptations. “Because thou was acceptable to God,” said…

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Distrust of Ourselves Under Temptation

“The Lord is the protector of all that trust in Him.” -Psalm 17:31 One of the best means of overcoming temptations is to distrust ourselves and to place all our confidence in God, for as the Scripture notices in several places, it is this which chiefly moves Him to assist us in our temptations and…

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Patience in Temptation

“Our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.” -1 Peter 5:8 Do we enjoy the inestimable blessing of being in the state of grace? Have we succeeded in casting out from our hearts the enemy of our souls? Then let us be prepared to encounter a fierce combat,…

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