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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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While there is still time.. Repent!

  

It is because of the fall of Adam and Eve that Original Sin has come into the world. When sin came into the world, nature within itself has fallen. Our very human nature itself has become attached to sinful vices that not only contradicts our very obligation to serve God, but offends Him dearly since He has been nothing but merciful and loving like any good Father would.

Whether it be greed, lust, envy, hatred, theft, pride etc: we all have a sinful vice that we need to break from by the Grace of God. It is very necessary to cooperate with God’s Graces and stay in Sanctifying Grace, for we are not guaranteed another breath nor another heart beat. It is nearly impossible to count how many Blessings Our Dear Lord has given us, that being each beat and breath of life that we do not deserve.

Since life on Earth is temporary, we must remember to seek first the Kingdom of God, for attachments to this very world is not only foolish, but deceptive since this world will pass away; whether it is by our own personal death or the return of Our Lord in Glory, we will have no choice but to detach ourselves from it. 

To the parents, priests, and other superiors that view this blog; it is necessary to make sure that your dear children are in the state of grace, whether it be your own as a parent or the souls you are responsible for as a priest. Remember that you are held accountable. 

At baptism, we promise to renounce Satan and to make sure that we raise our children within the Church for their salvation. Priests have a equivalent obligation by the virtue of religion and their vocation. 

This is what Christ means by the Commandments He as God in the Flesh has given to us; “Love thy neighbor as thy self.” How can we say we love somebody -whether it be a friend, spouse, child etc. – when we do not care for their souls? 

How can we truly love ourselves if we are not staying close to the sacraments and praying daily to flee from sin and temptation? 
It is necessary to pray as if it is your very breath, for the soul cannot truly live without it since it depends upon it for the Graces necessary for its salvation.

 It is prudent to flee putting yourself in occasions of sin as if it were the plague, and to never  ever return. Returning would be like returning to your own vomit. When sin comes your way, chastise yourself through prayer and much penance. 

Remember what scripture says my dear friends, “Blessed is he that has the law of God written in his heart. Blessed is He who is tempted and overcomes it.” Christ told the apostles this very request in His Agony in the garden: “Pray that you may not be tempted.”

Some say “well if I sin again I’ll just go to confession. God will understand. I’ll sin now and repent later.” This is the sin of presumption and a very foolish and deceptive view, especially when even some priests encourage it to their very flock by being lukewarm and sugar coated in the confessional. 

Remember that confession is a privilege. Taking advantage of it and misusing it would be blasphemy, such as going just to make fun or hold back sin. We never know when our last confession will be. Heck, the next confession may be your final one. Who knows when we will die. That’s why it’s necessary to repent daily. Stay in the state of grace. Without grace in the soul, one will be damned for eternity.

Why am I telling you guys this? Because I love you all and want to see you in Heaven. Im repeating this because TAB is also a poor sinner. I’m serious. I’m a sinner and the worse of all of them. But it doesn’t mean I cannot encourage my dear brothers and sisters to do better than me, a hypocrite. This is why I beg all of you to not only pray for one another as a family in Christ, but to pray for me. 

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The tactics of the devil – Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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In Mauritania, there are Bears that go in quest-of the Apes, to feed upon them: as soon as a Bear appears, the Apes run-up the Trees, and thus Save themselves. But what does the Bear do? He stretches himself on the Ground, as if Dead, and waits till the Apes Descend-from the Trees. The Moment he sees that they have Descended, he springs-up, seizes-on them, and Devours them. It is thus, the Devil Acts: he makes the Temptation appear to be Dead; but when a Soul Descends, and Exposes Herself to the Occasion of Sin, he stirs-up Temptation, and Devours Her. Oh! how many Miserable Souls, devoted-to Spiritual Things, to Mental Prayer, to Frequent Communion, and to a, have by Exposing themselves to the Occasion of Sin, become the Slaves of the Devil!

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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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