Thursday, October 11, 2012

Temptations and Trails, Part IV

Without temptation the monks become careless.  They let themselves go, and so live any old way.  Temptatins force them to live consciously, to exercise discipline, and to be wakeful.  Thus the monks don't pray for temptations to stop, but for God to Give them enough strength...

Temptation forces us to fight.  Without a fight there is no victory.  But victory is never something we have earned.  In our struggles we learn that Christ is working with us, that he frees us for endless conflict and gives us a profound peace.

from Heaven Begins Within You
by Anselm Gruen

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