Vatican Radio’s provisional translation of Pope Francis’ address to the Synod Fathers: “Dear brothers and sisters, the temptations must not frighten or disconcert us, or even discourage us, because no disciple is greater than his master; so if Jesus Himself was tempted – and even called Beelzebul (cf. Mt 12:24) – His disciples should not expect better treatment.”
Lord, guard me from the belief that I am self sufficient. Grant me the humility to acknowledge my brokeness and to seek Your saving. I experienced such a grace filled moment this week. Once more, an old familiar temptation came to me. Demons whispering lies and urging me to sin, but this time was different. I’ve not fallen into this particular sin for several months thanks to Your grace the intercession of Our Lady. However, this time I was tired. I didn’t feel strong. Instead of denying this weakness as I often do, I fell on the ground, to my knees, in despair, and sought You. I asked You for help, to inebriate me with Your most precious blood and to cast these demons into hell.
So often in similar situations I struggle through the temptation by seeking a distraction. I don’t face the struggle, admit defeat, and ask for Your help. I would say a quick empty prayer and occupy my mind with other things. Pride is at the root of this behaviour. Satan doesn’t want me to long for my Saviour. He would have me believe that it is of my own merit that I did not sin. His attacks are subtle and I thank the Holy Spirit for the clarity to finally recognize this spiritual attack.
I wish to forever be inebriated by Your most precious blood. You came to the rescue, and answered my prayer immediately. I was flooded by Your grace. Filled with joy and peace; giggling like a small child. I am Yours.