The devil takes advantage of sadness to tempt the good, striving to make them sorrowful in their virtue as he strives to make the wicked rejoice in their sins, and as he can only tempt us to evil by making it appear attractive, so he can only tempt us away from what is good by making it appear unattractive. He delights to see us sad and despondent because he is such himself for all eternity and wishes everyone to be as he is.
St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Well Said: The Devil and Sadness
From Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales, the 1609 best seller that is still current today. Our discussion of that book will air tomorrow at A Good Story is Hard to Find so it is on my mind. This is a bit I read to Tom the other day that struck us both as a solid truth.