The Temptations of Christ

The Temptations of Christ

All those, however, who are not living in penance, who do not receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who practice vice and sin and walk after evil concupiscence and wicked desires, who do not observe what they have promised, and who serve the world with their bodies, the desires of the flesh, the cares and anxieties of this world, and the preoccupations of this life (all these) are deceived by the devil whose children they are and whose works they do.  They are blind because they do not see the true light, our Lord Jesus Christ.  They do not have spiritual wisdom because they do not possess the Son of God, the true wisdom of the Father, within them.  It is said of them:  Their wisdom has been swallowed up.  They see, recognize, know, and do evil;  and knowingly, they lose their souls.

St. Francis of Assisi, “Later Admonition and Exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance,” 50

Scripture of the day:  So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

And you know the way to where I am going.”Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:4-6)

Lenten action for the day:  Our culture tells us that freedom means doing whatever we want, but Christ teaches that true freedom is in following Him.  Be conscious of the messages you receive from the media.  Do they reflect the truth of Christ, and encourage you toward a life that is good and worthy of your dignity?  Or do they lead you away from the authentic freedom that Christ offers?

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