Temptation to sin is powerful. We mere mortals do not possess the power within ourselves to defeat the tempter’s power. This is a very troublesome reality. But, God gave us the solution.
Follow His Cross and in your everyday life you will quickly see, in real time, that everything else in your life gets put right.
Actually following Him up on to The Cross is not what He has asked us to do. We are simply asked to accept and bear the little piece of The Cross that He permits us. And what ever piece of The Cross He permits us, He also aids and assists so that we can bear it.
When you follow Him, you get to go with Him.
He warned us though, ‘watch and pray to overcome temptation’. Prayer however is not simply the recitation of words. It takes more than that simple form, because prayer includes that we;
- deny ourselves
- forgo simple pleasures and
- offer those efforts to Him, in reparation.
We have of course been hoodwinked by the slimy success of Satan and his emissaries in usurping and perverting so many priests, bishops and cardinals following the dictates of Second Vatican Council. St.Pope Paul VI mentioned back then that the smoke of Satan had entered the Church. He didn’t elaborate as far as I know, but we can begin to see today just what he was probably referring to.
The big matter for many catholics and which occupies so many still paying attention is the new mass, the novus ordu, but the real sneaky little bugger that Satan smoothly snuck in sideways was the successful elimination of fasting by all.
In personal prayers we need fasting. It is absolutely essential to successfully overcome any temptation. It is the only form of prayer that acts immediately in casting the filth of temptation right back to where it came from – and Satan hates it when we do that. He hates it with a filthy, scurrilous anger and passion. He hates like no one on earth can.
Our greatest help is threefold: the rosary, fasting and alms giving. Alms giving from the heart is an awesomely powerful prayer. As St.Faustina said, ‘you will never fail at every moment to see opportunities around you to give alms because the poor are always with us’, so open your eyes, and see.
Jesus told us in clear and simple words, “love one another, to be recognised as His disciples now and on Judgement Day”.
That ‘now’ bit is ignored by so many and that is a real tragedy because now, means now. Just ponder that a while.
Regarding catholic Fasting