Our challenge throughout Lent is seen in this line: “When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.” Temptation will return throughout our lives, often at key moments. It’s a summons to be ready, always ready.
Have you ever heard anyone say not to worry but to live and let live? Do you think that is wisdom from the Lord or the taunting wicked spirit of destruction and sheer temptation?
Lord, you bid us to be vigilant
To pray always
Lest we be tempted
Lest we fail to turn to you and know that you are near
Always near to be of help
To love and to console
To teach and to guide
To direct and to let us seek what is best for us
Your holy will, certainly
Your righteous ways
All that you have so warmly and generously given us
The grace to know that we are your children
Beloved and bought by your precious Blood, O Jesus
How can I ever thank you for having called me
Out of darkness into your wonderful light?
Praise be to you, my Lord and my God!