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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

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Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining of humility, and defend... Read More

Bearing Persecution – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 29

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Bearing Persecution 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 29 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Are we bearing persecution in the right way? Learn from a saint how to respond to persecution. St. Teresa advises a Carmelite nun to avoid the temptation to indulge in righteous indignation in response to an accusation. Dan and Melissa reflect on a letters from St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered... Read More

What is Custody of the Senses?

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I’ve heard about custody of the senses. What exactly is it and why should I practice it? Thank you Father. Your explanations always help. Great question! Yes, we should all practice “custody of the senses.” The core meaning of this traditional phrase from our Catholic spirituality is fairly simple to grasp. It means taking care of what we pay attention to. Our senses put us into contact with reality. But in this fallen world,... Read More

Significance to the Order of the Three Temptations of Jesus?

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Father Fortea, what order do the three temptations of Jesus in the desert follow? Is there any significance to this order? In the synoptic gospels, we see how the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness immediately prior to the start of His public ministry (see Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:9-15; Lk 4:1-13). These temptations were those of bread, power, and worldly recognition. Now then, why would the devil tempt Jesus to worship him when he did... Read More

What can be done against temptation?

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Father Fortea, what can be done against temptation? We must immediately resist it with the help of God’s grace. A temptation is harmless if we resist and do not entertain it. From the moment we begin to dialogue with a particular temptation, though, considering the pros and cons of what it offers, our opposition to it begins to weaken, and it is far more difficult to resist succumbing to it. Confessors often see some very devout... Read More

Temptation to Power and the Prayer of Humble Obedience

January 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Prayer, Temptation

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Temptation to Power and the Prayer of Humble Obedience The merely material, psychological and political make lifeless absolutes when it comes to the history of prayer. The ancient prophets of Israel were subversive when they spoke against the worship of bread, sex, and kings. Against these ever present religious propensities, the Church proposes joining the living prayer of the Risen Lord at work in the world. This denotes a real... Read More

Temptation: Why does God Allow it?

December 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Father Fortea, why does God allow temptation? If God does not want us to sin, why does He allow temptation at all? We have the answer in the verse that says, “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (Jas 1:2). Without temptation, there would be no opportunity for us to grow in virtue every time we successfully resist the allure of sin and... Read More

Why Do We Sin?

December 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Sin, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Dear Father Fortea, why do we sin? We sin because, due to the effects of original sin, our wills have been weakened, and we give in to temptation. When we are tempted, we must choose between two options: doing good or doing evil, committing a sin or living in virtue. In temptation, the will has to choose between two options; it knows that one option is good and the other evil but feels attracted to choose the bad. Temptation is... Read More

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