Thursday, August 19, 2004

Satan's Subtlety Versus Jesus' Liberation

Two Standards: A Prayerful Meditation clearly points out the two ways that Satan and Jesus use to enter our hearts.
Satan lures us so subtly that we don't realize what is happening to us, until we wake up one day, shocked at how far we have drifted from our noble starting point.

Not only that, Satan uses our success to create in us a gradual attraction to worldly recognition and honors.

...The strategy of Jesus is diametrically opposed to the strategy of Satan. Instead of leading us to attachments to worldly possessions, pleasures, and honors, Jesus seeks to liberate us from these attachments.

Moreover, he seeks to liberate us from them to the point that -- with the help of God's grace -- we are ready to choose or accept suffering and humiliations, rather than comfort and honor, providing they lead us closer to God and to greater service to God's Kingdom.

This simplicity of this two page meditation belies the importance of the message. It is just the sort of thing that I need to be reminded of over and over again. Via Catholicism, holiness and spirituality.

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