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Saint Francis de Sales on the Purification of the Soul from Mortal Sin

  
“THE first purification to be made is from sin;—the means whereby to make it, the sacrament of penance. Seek the best confessor within your reach, use one of the many little books written in order to help the examination of conscience. Read some such book carefully, examining point by point wherein you have sinned, from the first use of your reason to the present time. And if you mistrust your memory, write down the result of your examination. 

Having thus sought out the evil spots in your conscience, strive to detest them, and to reject them with the greatest abhorrence and contrition of which your heart is capable;—bearing in mind these four things:—that by sin you have lost God’s Grace, rejected your share in Paradise, accepted the pains of Hell, and renounced God’s Eternal Love. You see, my child, that I am now speaking of a general confession of your whole life, which, while I grant it is not always necessary, I yet believe will be found most helpful in the beginning of your pursuit after holiness, and therefore I earnestly advise you to make it. 

Not unfrequently the ordinary confessions of persons leading an everyday life are full of great faults, and that because they make little or no preparation, and have not the needful contrition. Owing to this deficiency such people go to confession with a tacit intention of returning to their old sins, inasmuch as they will not avoid the occasions of sin, or take the necessary measures for amendment of life, and in all such cases a general confession is required to steady and fix the soul. 

But, furthermore, a general confession forces us to a clearer selfknowledge, kindles a wholesome shame for our past life, and rouses gratitude for God’s Mercy, Which has so long waited patiently for us;—it comforts the heart, refreshes the spirit, excites good resolutions, affords opportunity to our spiritual Father for giving the most suitable advice, and opens our hearts so as to make future confessions more effectual. 

Therefore I cannot enter into the subject of a general change of life and entire turning to God, by means of a devout life, without urging upon you to begin with a general confession.” 

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Father Coyle: defender of Marriage within America

   

  

Friends, meet Father Coyle. Father James Edwin Coyle was born on March 23, 1873  -Ordained May 30, 1896 – and died for the Faith on August 11, 1921. As you read this article from History of Father Coyle, you will later find out why I believe he is a defender of marriage within America. Let’s get started. 

“A native of Drum, Athlone, in County Roscommon Ireland, Father Coyle was ordained in Rome on May 30, 1896 when he was only twenty-three years old. Later that same year, he came to serve his priestly life in the state of Alabama.
He served faithfully, in what was then the Diocese of Mobile, Alabama, under Bishop Edward Allen. First, Father Coyle served eight years in the Mobile area, initially in parish missions, then at McGill Institute for Boys, first as Instructor and later as Rector of the school. While in Mobile, Father Coyle became a Charter member of Mobile Council 666 (terrible number I know) of the Knights of Columbus.

In 1904 Bishop Allen appointed Father Coyle as Pastor of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Birmingham, Alabama, the state’s young but largest city and a major steel-making center of the United States. The need for workers in the area mills and mines brought thousands of men to Birmingham from European countries, a large percentage of whom were Catholic.
Father Coyle served as Pastor of the large St. Paul’s congregation for seventeen years until his tragic death in 1921. He brought a dynamic and apostolic spirit to the parish, emphasizing faithful attendance at Sunday Mass and love of the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. Among his duties, he served as Chaplain of Birmingham Council 635 of the Knights of Columbus.
During the last years Father Coyle served in Birmingham, there existed a regrettable atmosphere of public anti-Catholic economic and psychological persecution organized and promoted by the Ku Klux Klan and a secret anti-catholic political society called the True Americans. Father Coyle was courageous and unwavering during this tense and threatening period for Catholics in publicly defending the Church and what Catholics believe.

On August 11, 1921, Father Coyle was shot and fatally wounded as he sat in the swing on his rectory front porch by an enraged minister whose daughter’s marriage to a dark-skinned Puerto Rican Father Coyle had presided over less than two hours before he was shot. He died forty minutes later in the operating room at St. Vincent’s Hospital. His funeral was one of the largest ever held in the history of Birmingham. The shooter, who was also a Klansman, was found not guilty in a trial held two months later. The trial was a travesty of justice. 

Father Coyle is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, a ten-foot high Celtic cross marking his resting place. Plans are underway to re-inter his body near the Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Birmingham.”

As we can see not only is marriage challenged within our times, it was also challenged in the past even here in the United States when it came to marrying those of the opposite race and ethnic groups. Even though the hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, persecuted this priest because he upheld the true faith, he continued to do what he was commanded to do out of obedience to his vocation, that is to bless, absolve, direct, marry, and celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In these dark times in where the vocation of marriage is challenged, let us take up this beloved priest’s example and protect the sanctity of marriage, regardless if it be the challenge from homosexuals, adulterers who support divorce & remarriage, or even those who support racist positions. God Bless. 

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Daily adopt a unknown dying soul

It is because of the fall of Adam and Eve that Original Sin has come into the world as a consequence for disobedience to the commands of God. Being that we are human beings with a fallen nature, we are attached to sin. However, it is by God’s Grace that we can avoid sin and near occasions of sin. It is Catholic dogma that the only spotless Humans to be purely immaculate and free of sin are both Our Lord Jesus Christ – being that He is God and cannot contradict His own nature since He is Almighty and Good – and Our Immaculate Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary.

It is at the very moment of our death that the devil and his minions tempt the soul to fall into sin so that the soul may descend into Hell for all eternity; therefore loosing all hope for salvation and also loosing the possibility of attaining Eternal Life and the Beatific Vision. “Moreover we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into hell immediately after death and there suffer the pain of hell.” (Encyclical “On the Beatific Vision of God” Issued by Pope Benedict XII in 1336).

What a aweful tragedy it is to be tempted, especially at death since the time on earth to save ones soul is absolutely over. The Catholic Church teaches that it is a spiritual work of mercy to pray for souls and their conversion so that they may be saved, especially for the souls in purgatory in whom are already saved but thirst for Heaven since there are not any prayers being said for them. So what can we do to pray for souls at the hour of their death so that they may not be tempted? I invite you to join me in the following prayer. You won’t regret it. Let’s not forget that some day we will die and we will need prayers for us at the hour of our death as well, for we cry out to Our Dearest Lady: “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”


A Prayer for the Dying and a Special Soul
“O MOST MERCIFUL JESUS, lover of souls,

I beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart,

and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother,

wash clean in Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world

who are to die this day.
Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt

with the intention of entrusting him or her to Thy Shepherd’s care:

I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner, who is in

danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this because of my

trust in Thy great mercy.
If it should please Thy Majesty to send me a suffering this day

in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul, then, it, too,

shall please me very much, and I thank Thee, Most Sweet Jesus,

Shepherd and Lover of Souls; I thank Thee for this

opportunity to give mercy in thanksgiving for all the mercies

Thou hast shown me. Amen.
Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying. Amen”

Let us all keep each other in prayer for salvation. The way is very narrow to Heaven, however, the way to Hell is very wide. Pray for me as well, dear friends, for the TAB is also a sinner. God Bless You!

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The weapon against Heresy And Sin: The Most Holy Rosary

Being that we live in dark times in which the errors of Russia have and continue to spread throughout the world and the Church as predicted by Our Lady of Fatima, causing apostasy and schism, it is important to recite the prayers of the most Holy Rosary daily in which was given by Our Immaculate Mother Mary, Theotokos; Mother of God Incarnate so that we do not become deceived and fall into Mortal Sin (God Forbid). 

We as Roman Catholics have to remember that the 15 promises of Our Lady to Saint Dominic and to those who recite the Most Holy Rosary daily with devotion will always be in affect since the aid of those in Heaven will never deceive nor lie to the flock, that being the Church. 

“The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.”

This promise that I am emphasizing, my dear friends, is a message of Hope. It is by prayer and God’s grace that we can convert the modernists within Holy Mother Church. Let us continue to do just that and even encourage heretics to do the same for their own salvation since it is dogma that there is no salvation outside the true faith. So remember, for the love of Jesus Christ and His Church: pray, pray, pray. 

  

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The reality of Hell and it’s eternity

  
One of the many controversial topics in which people in our times tend to avoid is the reality on the existence of Hell and it’s eternity. Since we are now living in dark times and the faith is often challenged by the secular world and even Catholic clerics themselves – in which we are to resist since they are harmful to souls – I will initiate this essay with the following quote from the Holy Gospel – the infallible and inerrant Word of God:

“But the cowards, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” – Rev 21:8

Recently I have been in a dialogue with a brother Catholic upon the existence of Hell and it’s eternity. In response to my post upon the USCCB and Pope Francis appointing Father Barron a Bishop of the Church, he argued it was not heresy to state that Hell is empty and that Catholics have the option to state otherwise. 
  
Let’s just say that this were true. If this were the case then what was Christ and the apostles preaching about if the Gospel is centered around salvation? Theologians would argue that 95% of the Gospel is based upon the reality of Hell and the necessity to repent to avoid going there. In fact, what have the councils of the Church spoken about when it declared that Hell was eternal and very real in its nature, especially upon the Last Day?

Saint Alphonsus Ligouri use to say: 
” “Many shall come from the East and the West, and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven. But the Children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into the Exterior Darkness: there shall be Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth”. By these words Our Lord Wished to-Signify, that many Persons born-in Infidelity shall be Saved, and Enjoy the Society of the Saints; and that many who are born-in the Bosom-of the Church, shall be cast-into Hell, where the Worm of Conscience, by its Gnawing, shall make them Weep Bitterly for all Eternity.”

Being that Catholics are bound to accept dogma, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, which holds authority for all time by the declaration of its introduction, states the following:
“These abodes (Limbo, Purgatory, and Hell) are not all of the same nature, for among them is that most loathsome and dark prison in which the souls of the damned are tormented with the unclean spirits in eternal and inextinguishable fire. This place is called gehenna, the bottomless pit, and is hell strictly so-called.” 
The Church infallibly teaches that souls who die in mortal sin will descend into Hell for all eternity. This is a Dogma of the faith.

“Moreover we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into hell immediately (mox) after death and there suffer the pain of hell.”Encyclical “On the Beatific Vision of God” Issued by Pope Benedict XII in 1336

Catechism of Trent:
“For whoever offends God, even by one mortal sin, instantly forfeits whatever merits he may have previously acquired through the sufferings and death of Christ, and is entirely shut out from the gate of heaven which, when already closed, was thrown open to all by the Redeemer’s Passion. When we reflect on this, the thought of our misery must fill us with deep anxiety. But if we turn our attention to this admirable power with which God has invested His Church; and, in the firm belief of this Article, feel convinced that to every sinner is offered the means of recovering, with the assistance of divine grace, his former dignity, we must exult with exceeding joy and gladness, and must offer immortal thanks to God.”

1 Cor 6, 9-10: ” Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God.”

All of Holy Scripture unequivocally affirms that not all men are saved, but that some of them are lost by their own fault and will suffer eternal punishment. It is quite sufficient here simply to recall the Last Judgment mentioned in Mt. 25:31ff., and especially from v .41 :

And when the Son of man shall come in His majesty…and all nations shall be gathered together before Him, and He shall separate them one from another…and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then shall the king say to them that shall be on His right hand: Come ye blessed of my Father….Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels …and these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

And, in the same vein, in Jn. 5:28-29:
For the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that have done good things, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment (i.e., condemnation).
And in the Old Testament, we need only to refer to Daniel (12:2)..:
…and those that sleep in the dust of the earth, shall awake; some unto life everlasting, and others unto reproach, to see it always.
And thus it is throughout the Sacred Scriptures, both in the New as well as the Old Testament.

Against the Pelagians and semi-Pelagians, who (as some of today’s modernists) reduced God down to the level of a simple spectator of man’s salvation or perdition, St. Augustine and his disciples have already defended predestination as a traditional teaching of the Catholic Faith:

The Church has always had faith in this truth of predestination, a faith which nowadays she defends with a renewed solicitude against the new heretics (St. Augustine, De dono perseverantiae, 23, 65).

 The First Constitution of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 at the very least alludes to the fact that folks then living in AD 1215 would be in hell. This was the opening statement of the Council and its “Profession of the Faith.” The implication is that people from every generation would finally be eternally separated from God, not just people from the 13th century. But, at the very least, for the strict interpreter of the words of the Council, it seems inescapable that the Council taught souls are in hell now:

Indeed, having suffered and died on the wood of the cross for the salvation of the human race, he descended to the underworld, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He descended in the soul, rose in the flesh, and ascended in both. He will come at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, to render to every person according to his works, both to the reprobate and to the elect. All of them will rise with their own bodies, which they now wear, (Latin text reads quae nunc gestant—which they are now bearing or wearing) so as to receive according to their deserts, whether these be good or bad; for the latter perpetual punishment with the devil, for the former eternal glory with Christ.

The present tense indicates that some folks then living—now wearing their bodies—would go to hell. Thus, the Church is here teaching there are souls “in” hell.

  
So in conclusion: the thought that Hell might be empty and that it be so, is to fly in the face of divine Revelation and to declare, also, the entire Church to be in error for two thousand years, hence its heretical since it involves the intention to progress dogmas, something Pius X condemned in pescendi. “To the laws of evolution everything is subject under penalty of death — dogma, Church, worship, the Books we revere as sacred, even faith itself.” 

The early church fathers ,who were disciples of the apostles and defenders of Sacred Tradition, taught the reality of Hell and it’s eternity for sinners.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

“Corrupters of families will not inherit the kingdom of God. And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death, how much more if a man corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God for the sake of which Jesus Christ was crucified? A man become so foul will depart into unquenchable fire: and so will anyone who listens to him” (Letter to the Ephesians 16:1–2 [A.D. 110]). 
 
Second Clement
“If we do the will of Christ, we shall obtain rest; but if not, if we neglect his commandments, nothing will rescue us from eternal punishment” (Second Clement 5:5 [A.D. 150]). 
“But when they see how those who have sinned and who have denied Jesus by their words or by their deeds are punished with terrible torture in unquenchable fire, the righteous, who have done good, and who have endured tortures and have hated the luxuries of life, will give glory to their God saying, ‘There shall be hope for him that has served God with all his heart!’” (ibid., 17:7). 
 
Justin Martyr
“No more is it possible for the evildoer, the avaricious, and the treacherous to hide from God than it is for the virtuous. Every man will receive the eternal punishment or reward which his actions deserve. Indeed, if all men recognized this, no one would choose evil even for a short time, knowing that he would incur the eternal sentence of fire. On the contrary, he would take every means to control himself and to adorn himself in virtue, so that he might obtain the good gifts of God and escape the punishments” (First Apology 12 [A.D. 151]). 
“We have been taught that only they may aim at immortality who have lived a holy and virtuous life near to God. We believe that they who live wickedly and do not repent will be punished in everlasting fire” (ibid., 21). 
“[Jesus] shall come from the heavens in glory with his angelic host, when he shall raise the bodies of all the men who ever lived. Then he will clothe the worthy in immortality; but the wicked, clothed in eternal sensibility, he will commit to the eternal fire, along with the evil demons” (ibid., 52). 
 
The Martyrdom of Polycarp
“Fixing their minds on the grace of Christ, [the martyrs] despised worldly tortures and purchased eternal life with but a single hour. To them, the fire of their cruel torturers was cold. They kept before their eyes their escape from the eternal and unquenchable fire” (Martyrdom of Polycarp 2:3 [A.D. 155]). 
 
Mathetes
“When you know what is the true life, that of heaven; when you despise the merely apparent death, which is temporal; when you fear the death which is real, and which is reserved for those who will be condemned to the everlasting fire, the fire which will punish even to the end those who are delivered to it, then you will condemn the deceit and error of the world” (Letter to Diognetus 10:7 [A.D. 160]). 
 
Athenagoras
“[W]e [Christians] are persuaded that when we are removed from this present life we shall live another life, better than the present one. . . . Then we shall abide near God and with God, changeless and free from suffering in the soul . . . or if we fall with the rest [of mankind], a worse one and in fire; for God has not made us as sheep or beasts of burden, a mere incidental work, that we should perish and be annihilated” (Plea for the Christians 31 [A.D. 177]). 
 
Theophilus of Antioch
“Give studious attention to the prophetic writings [the Bible] and they will lead you on a clearer path to escape the eternal punishments and to obtain the eternal good things of God. . . . [God] will examine everything and will judge justly, granting recompense to each according to merit. To those who seek immortality by the patient exercise of good works, he will give everlasting life, joy, peace, rest, and all good things. . . . For the unbelievers and for the contemptuous, and for those who do not submit to the truth but assent to iniquity, when they have been involved in adulteries, and fornications, and homosexualities, and avarice, and in lawless idolatries, there will be wrath and indignation, tribulation and anguish; and in the end, such men as these will be detained in everlasting fire” (To Autolycus 1:14 [A.D. 181]). 
 
Irenaeus
“[God will] send the spiritual forces of wickedness, and the angels who transgressed and became apostates, and the impious, unjust, lawless, and b.asphemous among men into everlasting fire” (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [A.D. 189]). 
“The penalty increases for those who do not believe the Word of God and despise his coming. . . . [I]t is not merely temporal, but eternal. To whomsoever the Lord shall say, ‘Depart from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire,’ they will be damned forever” (ibid., 4:28:2). 
 
Tertullian
“After the present age is ended he will judge his worshipers for a reward of eternal life and the godless for a fire equally perpetual and unending” (Apology 18:3 [A.D. 197]). 
“Then will the entire race of men be restored to receive its just deserts according to what it has merited in this period of good and evil, and thereafter to have these paid out in an immeasurable and unending eternity. Then there will be neither death again nor resurrection again, but we shall be always the same as we are now, without changing. The worshipers of God shall always be with God, clothed in the proper substance of eternity. But the godless and those who have not turned wholly to God will be punished in fire equally unending, and they shall have from the very nature of this fire, divine as it were, a supply of incorruptibility” (ibid., 44:12–13). 
 
Hippolytus
“Standing before [Christ’s] judgment, all of them, men, angels, and demons, crying out in one voice, shall say: ‘Just is your judgment!’ And the righteousness of that cry will be apparent in the recompense made to each. To those who have done well, everlasting enjoyment shall be given; while to the lovers of evil shall be given eternal punishment. The unquenchable and unending fire awaits these latter, and a certain fiery worm which does not die and which does not waste the body but continually bursts forth from the body with unceasing pain. No sleep will give them rest; no night will soothe them; no death will deliver them from punishment; no appeal of interceding friends will profit them” (Against the Greeks 3 [A.D. 212]). 
 
Minucius Felix
“I am not ignorant of the fact that many, in the consciousness of what they deserve, would rather hope than actually believe that there is nothing for them after death. They would prefer to be annihilated rather than be restored for punishment. . . . Nor is there either measure nor end to these torments. That clever fire burns the limbs and restores them, wears them away and yet sustains them, just as fiery thunderbolts strike bodies but do not consume them” (Octavius 34:12–5:3 [A.D. 226]). 
 
Cyprian of Carthage
“An ever-burning Gehenna and the punishment of being devoured by living flames will consume the condemned; nor will there be any way in which the tormented can ever have respite or be at an end. Souls along with their bodies will be preserved for suffering in unlimited agonies. . . . The grief at punishment will then be without the fruit of repentance; weeping will be useless, and prayer ineffectual. Too late will they believe in eternal punishment, who would not believe in eternal life” (To Demetrian 24 [A.D. 252]). 
 
Lactantius
“[T]he sacred writings inform us in what manner the wicked are to undergo punishment. For because they have committed sins in their bodies, they will again be clothed with flesh, that they may make atonement in their bodies; and yet it will not be that flesh with which God clothed man, like this our earthly body, but indestructible, and abiding forever, that it may be able to hold out against tortures and everlasting fire, the nature of which is different from this fire of ours, which we use for the necessary purposes of life, and which is extinguished unless it be sustained by the fuel of some material. But that divine fire always lives by itself, and flourishes without any nourishment. . . . The same divine fire, therefore, with one and the same force and power, will both burn the wicked and will form them again, and will replace as much as it shall consume of their bodies, and will supply itself with eternal nourishment. . . . Thus, without any wasting of bodies, which regain their substance, it will only burn and affect them with a sense of pain. But when [God] shall have judged the righteous, he will also try them with fire” (Divine Institutes 7:21 [A.D. 307]). 
 
Cyril of Jerusalem
“We shall be raised therefore, all with our bodies eternal, but not all with bodies alike: for if a man is righteous, he will receive a heavenly body, that he may be able worthily to hold converse with angels; but if a man is a sinner, he shall receive an eternal body, fitted to endure the penalties of sins, that he may burn eternally in fire, nor ever be consumed. And righteously will God assign this portion to either company; for we do nothing without the body. We b.aspheme with the mouth, and with the mouth we pray. With the body we commit fornication, and with the body we keep chastity. With the hand we rob, and by the hand we bestow alms; and the rest in like manner. Since then the body has been our minister in all things, it shall also share with us in the future the fruits of the past” (Catechetical Lectures 18:19 [A.D. 350]).

So how do we avoid Hell? The Church teaches that one must die in sanctifying grace: therefore – no mortal sin on your soul period. Mortal sin is removed through both baptism and confession. If one is not baptized, their mortal sins will be cleansed off of their soul at baptism as new creations of God. If mortal sin is upon the soul of any person that is baptized, they must remove it at confession. If reaching confession is impossible, say living in a third world country in which there are not any priests of the Catholic Church, one must make a sincere act of contrition to sin no more and to do penance and ask God for the graces to overcome sin and send a good and holy priest. On this journey of growing in holiness, let us all keep each other in our prayers so that we may all enter the narrow gate and unite with Our Lord forever in the Beatific Vision. 

  
 

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Father Heese upon resisting temptation. 

  

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Laus Tibi Christe

  
My sweet and most Holy Adorable Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me; a sinner; who has offended Thee through my own fault, through my own fault, and through my own fault alone. I thank Thee for having spared me and loving me even though I have sinned against Thee countless times throughout my life. I ask that Thou giveth me and all my dear friends, benefactors, enemies, – and all of those that I have come in contact with – the Grace to do Thy Will and to overcome sin and near occasion of sin. Breath fourth The Holy Ghost within our souls, and we shalt have life. Pour fourth thy Precious Blood upon us, and we shalt be made white as snow. Praise Be Thy Holy Name forever and ever. Save souls, especially those approaching death with sin upon theirs. Be merciful oh Sovereign King. All thou Holy Saints in Heaven, pray for us. Amen.

  

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Overcoming Temptation out of love for Christ

“By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out” – Roman Missal, 1962.

“Blessed is he who endures under trials. When he has proved his worth, he will win that crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Nobody, when he finds himself tempted, should say, I am being tempted by God. God may threaten us with evil, but he does not himself tempt anyone. No, when a man is tempted, it is always because he is being drawn away by the lure of his own passions. When that has come about, passion conceives and gives birth to sin; and when sin has reached its full growth, it breeds death” – James 1:12-15

How often do we hear from society ‘You only live once, do what thalt wilt.” Or ‘If sin exists, God will understand that it’s too hard for me to stop sinning’. Since these are very misleading statements made by the average person who does not embrace the Holy Catholic Faith, the very teachings of Our Lord, how are we as disciples of Christ to view such erroneous opinions? Is it true that, due to our fallen nature as a result of original sin, temptations are too hard to overcome? Absolutely not since Our Beloved King, Jesus Christ, will give us the graces we need in order to combat the works of the Devil. However, it is by our fallen nature, due to the disobedience of our first parents: Adam and Eve that we are attached to sin which can later result into giving into temptation. ‘How do we overcome temptations and sin’ one may ask. Saint Alphonsus Liguori states the following:

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“To resist temptation, it is sufficient to pronounce the names of Jesus and Mary; and if the temptation continues, let us continue to invoke Jesus and Mary; and the devil shall never be able to conquer us”.

It was by fasting and prayer that the devil has fled, for the names of Jesus and Mary bring Satan much fear. Since Satan is constantly at work and desires to lead us to Hell for all eternity by tempting us to rebel against God’s Commandments, we must, therefore, revoke Satan by reminding him about the Master who is in charge of our souls. “Then Jesus said to him “Away with thee, Satan, it is written: “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Serve none but Him”. It was by these powerful and infallible words of Christ the King that “Then the devil left Him alone; and thereupon angels came and ministered to Him (Christ)”. Thus, have confidence in The Lord and do not let Satan scare you, for Christ’s works of Grace and Mercy will forever conquer over the evils of temptations. “Don’t let temptations frighten you”.(Padre Pio)

“The faithful should also reflect who their leader against the temptations of the enemy is; namely, Christ the Lord, who was victorious in the same combat. He overcame the devil; He is that stronger man who, coming upon the strong armed man, overcame him, deprived him of his arms, and stripped him of his spoils. Of Christ’s victory over the world, we read in St. John: Have confidence: I have overcome the world; and in the Apocalypse, He is called the conquering lion; and it is said of Him that He went forth conquering that He might conquer, because by His victory He has given power to others to conquer”. (Catechism of Trent)

In times of temptation, my brothers and sisters “Our Lord is there quite close to us, looking on us with kindness, smiling at us and saying ‘So, you do love me!’”. (Saint John Vianney)

In times of temptation we must not be slothful, for “Satan, however, is overcome not by indolence, sleep, wine, revelling, or lust; but by prayer, labor, watching, fasting, continence and chastity. Watch ye and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, as we have already said, is the admonition of our Lord. They who make use of these weapons in the conflict put the enemy to flight; for the devil flees from those who resist him.” (Council of Trent)

Are some temptations more effective and powerful than others? Indeed, however, we must not give into them. We must constantly meditate upon the four last things: death, judgement, Heaven, and Hell. Are a few moments of pleasure in sin worth an eternity in Hell? “Objectively you are damned, subjectively you might be saved” – Father Gregory Heese.

Let us continue to follow the Lord, Jesus Christ, for the love of His Sacred Heart, and may we take the words “And lead us not into temptation” literally and seriously out of love for Him.

Pax!

  

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