So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Don't give the devil tools to work with against the Church.

Headlines that should make faithful Catholics pause.
Well... for all the talk of reform, perhaps things must get worse before they get better. Is God shining His light on our sins to expose them and illuminate a way forward? Hope says 'yes'.

In the history of the Church there have been some less than stellar moments. The mission of the Church has been obscured on occasion by the shadow of man's sin. Not a total eclipse mind you, but a partial eclipse nonetheless. The Holy Spirit brings order and goodness out of the chaos created by people who seem hell bent on creating a mess that carries the potential of confusing the faithful and alienating those who might be interested in becoming Catholic. Recent headlines should remind all that the Church has a human face that needs washing.

Instead of offering hope, some Catholics are giving each other rope to hang themselves. We should cut that rope by using this Lenten season to discipline ourselves in tried and true ways: fasting, abstinence, prayer and almsgiving. Rather than strangling ourselves with the rope of retribution, it's better to use said rope to lash away own sinful behaviour. Do penance for any and all sins. Bring yourself down (in humility) before someone else does it for you.

Don't give the devil a foothold in your life by holding a grudge nor by providing Satan a mouthpiece to strip others of their dignity. Remember, the devil is no dummy. He may be a fallen angel but he still possesses an intellect far beyond our imaging, an intellect he uses to drag people down. One should never go against temptation and the devil without wearing the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Yes, the demon has been conquered by Christ's death and resurrection, and yes the demon is restrained. Lucifer knows his time is at an end and he remains a very dangerous enemy even in the midst of his death throe. Do not give the devil the slightest toehold in your day-to-day behaviour by harbouring resentment, cultivating wrath, engaging in calumny (gossip, innuendo...) or any other life destroying sin.

If you fall, run to the confessional as fast as you can. Don't waste any time in making time to enter into the restorative justice of the Sacrament of Penance.

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