Defend ourselves from evil

The greatest temptation

that everyone of us may feel

is putting our ego

in the place of God,

forgetting that we are His temple

and that He lives within us.

To completely forget about our ego is the right path

to avoid pride becoming our guide

and to be like Jesus, instead,

gentle and humble-hearted.

We are always looking for the right advice

not to support just our own ideas,

but to spread those of our Lord.

Let the poorest come to us

to maintain our language simple

and avoid arrogance,

to never feel completely achieved.

Let’s never cease watching ourselves,

our weaknesses and our gifts

because we are human and,

even when we try to do all the good we can,

we need to pray and experience silence

so that it is always our Lord

to speak

and act within us.

Anxiety or inner peace

could represent signs

to recognise good or evil,

even within us.

Evil is crouched,

always ready to attack,

while good is just numb.

Only our intelligence can choose it

and only our will can follow it.

We need to deliver ourselves from evil,

which often presents itself as good.

Many temptations can be defeated only escaping,

or fasting, as a sign of freedom,

from pictures, readings or music

that may take us

away from God’s plans.

Let’s defend ourselves from evil

with a never ending prayer.

 

« My son, if thou come to serve the Lord, prepare thy soul for temptation. Set thy heart aright, and constantly endure, and make not haste in time of trouble. Cleave unto him, and depart not away, that thou mayest be increased at thy last end. Whatsoever is brought upon thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a low estate. For gold is tried in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. Believe in him, and he will help thee; order thy way aright, and trust in him.» (Sirach 2, 1-6)

«And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.» (Matthew 6, 13)

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