temptation
tempted ?

tempted ?

Temptation for the Christian is not simply an impulse towards evil over good.

the big picture

the big picture

We often focus too much on overcoming a particular sin forgetting that our focus must be on Jesus Christ who gives us both the desire and the ability to overcome sin.

our holy longing

our holy longing

While at times we are faced with decisions involving good and evil, most often our choices are between something good, something better, and perhaps a best option.

tempted & growing

tempted & growing

Instead of going down that track of settling for the thing I think I want that’s actually a temptation, we are much better off if we become aware of the desire we have for something greater.

tempted ?

tempted ?

You might have heard the one about the Abbot who asked the novice if he had been entertaining temptations. "No" the novice replied, "I haven't been entertaining...

tempted ?

tempted ?

At the risk of you turning off even before we begin, I want to offer a word of encouragement about temptation. We all experience temptations. Jesus was tempted. I enjoy...

tempted?

tempted?

In the Gospel reading for today, the First Sunday of Lent, we hear of Jesus being tempted. His response to the temptation seems remarkably calm; he simply gives one...

follow the good

follow the good

I'm thinking ahead a couple of days to Lent which begins this week on Ash Wednesday. I heard someone once say that Lent was a kind of "boot camp" for the Christian, a...

greatest attraction

greatest attraction

In the past couple of posts (listen and read) I have reflected on Pope Francis' Epiphany homily in which he challenges us to take the example of the Magi by avoiding...

holy cunning

holy cunning

I am sure that there are some people who saw this snake image and quickly decided to surf to another page. Many people don't like snakes. It can't be simply that they...

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