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  • Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! Homily -- First Sunday of Lent

    02/14/2016 8:18:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-13-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The Gospel Train Reaches Temptation Station -- Stay on Board, Children! A Homily for the First Sunday of Lent Msgr. Charles Pope - February 13, 2016 - "Jesus Tempted in the Desert" by Jaci XIII is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0There's an old gospel song tradition that speaks of the Christian life as a ride on the "Gospel train." The Gospel train is not always an easy ride with perfect scenery, but you've gotta get your ticket and stay on board.Mysteriously, the train sometimes passes through difficult terrain. But just stay on board! On his way to...
  • First The Bait, then the Hook. A Sober Meditation on Temptation

    06/25/2014 2:34:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/24/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner to tempt us. Rather, he is more of a master hunter who carefully sets traps, or a skilled fisherman who, having studied our behavior chooses just the bait he thinks most effective. He’s calculating, and clever.Sadly most of us, by comparison, are far less calculating and clever in seeking to avoid temptation and sin. We seem more often to engage in the wishful thinking that no trouble will befall us, and our strategy seems to live more with dumb luck. Would that we were as ingenious in holiness as...
  • Temptation as a Form of Martyrdom – A Meditation on a Writing of St. Ambrose

    10/13/2014 8:29:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-12-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Temptation as a Form of Martyrdom – A Meditation on a Writing of St. Ambrose By: Msgr. Charles PopeTemptation is a universal human experience. And because it’s so directly associated with sin, many too easily equate being tempted with sinning. But temptation is not the same as sin. If it were, how could the Scriptures say to us that Jesus was tempted in every way we are and yet was without sin? (Heb 4:15) Hence, the simple experience of temptation is not sin. It is true, however, that our past indulgence in sin can make us more susceptible to temptation.However, properly understood,...
  • Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

    03/24/2015 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation By: Msgr. Charles PopeThis is part two of an article on temptation. See yesterday’s post for part one.How can we overcome temptation?Remote Battles are Essential! When people ask about overcoming temptation they most often have in mind what to do “in the moment” of temptation. But if we focus merely on the moment of temptation we are missing the bulk of the work that needs to be done. For in order to become more successful in withstanding temptation, a strong foundation needs to be established. There is much “remote” work to be done such...
  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources? By: Msgr. Charles PopeI will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00 PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation: what it is and how to avoid and overcome it.  I’ve assembled some notes in preparation and I’ll present them (in two parts) in the blog. Today’s post focuses on what temptation is, why God allows it, and what its sources are. Tomorrow I’ll present the second half of the notes, which center on how to avoid and overcome temptation.What is Temptation? A seminary teacher of mine once defined...
  • The Night Prayer of the Church as a “Rehearsal for Death”

    03/06/2015 7:28:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Night Prayer of the Church as a “Rehearsal for Death” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome years ago I was addressing a group of young adults at a “Theology on Tap” gathering. I was asked by an attendee of some ways to avoid temptation. Among the things I offered was to meditate frequently on death, especially at night before going to bed. The bar got very quiet and everyone looked at me as though I had just been speaking Swahili. “What did he just say?…Could you repeat that?” Perhaps my remarks were the right answer but the wrong answer at...
  • Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious

    11/24/2014 7:50:29 AM PST · by Salvation · 171 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-23-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Satan at His Most Subtle: A Reflection on the Temptations and Traps of the Pious By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhat is temptation? Temptation is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. And Satan can read you like a book and play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power, but do not underestimate it either.Some of his subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself quite easily in the lamb’s clothing of piety, but, wolf that he really is, distort it, either through excess or defect, thereby destroying you with what...
  • Why Does the Lord’s Prayer Ask God not to Lead us into Temptation – Why Would God do Such a Thing?

    10/16/2014 2:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 15, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Most of you know that I write the Question and Answer Column for Our Sunday Visitor. And every now and then it is good to bring these works of mine together. An interesting question came in today (actually it is asked quite frequently) and I’d like to give my answer and add just a few things more that wouldn’t fit into the column. First the question, then the answer and a brief elaboration.Q: Why does the Lord’s Prayer ask God not to lead us in temptation? Why would God do that? I have also read texts in the Bible about...
  • Jesus teaches us not merely how to avoid temptation, but how to be prepared for temptations to come

    06/04/2014 1:48:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/3/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The battle against temptation in our lives is, of course, an ongoing struggle. Some moments and periods of our life provide more temptation than others, but no day goes by without at least some sort of temptation. While it is important to battle temptation in the moment, it is also important to build ourselves up by grace so that in moments of temptation we can draw on that strength and preparation to more easily win the battle.Obviously, recourse to prayer, the Sacraments, and the Scriptures are essential in building ourselves up. But it is also instructive for us to observe...
  • Temptation: Satan Will Do All He Can To Seperate Us From The Love Of Christ

    03/09/2014 4:40:34 PM PDT · by franky8 · 9 replies
    Posted: 08 Mar 2014 02:09 PM PST | Fr. James Farfaglia
    Satan’s Greatest Victory: He Has Convinced The World That He Does Not Exist Fr. James Farfaglia - A Christian magazine once surveyed their subscribers regarding the areas of their greatest spiritual challenges. The results showed that their greatest temptation was materialism. After materialism, followed pride, self-centeredness, laziness, anger, lust, envy, gluttony and finally lying. The survey respondents noted temptations were frequent and more forceful when they had neglected their time with God and when they were physically tired. They stated that the ability to resist temptation was made easier by a strong spiritual life, avoiding compromising situations and being accountable...
  • Christ's Temptation and Ours (An explanation of the three temptations) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    03/09/2014 2:06:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies ^ | 2009 | FATHER GEORGE WILLIAM RUTLER
    Christ's temptation and oursFATHER GEORGE WILLIAM RUTLERChrist was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation. The Spirit that "drove" Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan (Mark 1:12) is the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the bond of love between God the Father and God the Son. Christ was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation.Satan tested Christ to figure out if he truly was...
  • Could Jesus Have Possibly Sinned or Succumbed to Temptation?

    10/31/2013 10:27:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 88 replies
    Biblical Evidence for Catholicism ^ | August 30, 2006 | Dave Armstrong
    Could Jesus Have Possibly Sinned or Succumbed to Temptation? In a dialogue in 1997, a Baptist friend of mine stated: Jesus Himself was not unable to sin. I realize that God the Father is unable to sin; however, Jesus, though He was in nature God, was able to sin. This is evident in this verse "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin." (Heb. 4:15, NRSV; cf. 2:18). If Jesus could be tempted, He...
  • Four Common Tactics of the Devil

    07/23/2013 3:20:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 22, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the key elements in any contest is to understand the tactics of your opponent and to recognize the subtleties of the strategy or moves they may employ. In the spiritual battle of life we need to develop some sophistication in recognizing, naming, and understanding the subtleties of common tactics of the Devil.A 2011 book by Fr. Louis Cameli, The Devil You Don’t Know is of great assistance in this matter. Having read it recently, I think it would be of value to reflect on four broad categories of the Devil’s tactics that Fr. Cameli analyzes.While the four...
  • 'The greatest temptation of my life'

    03/31/2011 6:02:38 PM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 14 replies
    The Narthex at The Catholic Review ^ | March 31, 2011 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Dominican Father Carleton Parker Jones calls it the “greatest temptation” of his life. It happened 21 years ago in the library of the Anglican Centre in Rome, where Father Jones was completing research for his doctoral dissertation on Blessed John Henry Newman. Blessed Newman, an Anglican priest who was received into the Catholic Church in 1845, was one of Father Jones’ greatest heroes. Inspired by Blessed Newman’s writings, Father Jones had followed in the Englishman’s footsteps – leaving the Anglican priesthood to become a Catholic priest in 1982. Deep in the stacks of the acclaimed library, Father Jones pulled out...
  • Innocence Lost -The sexualization of the young

    03/27/2011 7:48:35 PM PDT · by Sioux-san · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/27/2011 | Timothy Birdnow
    In Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World we are given a glimpse of the dysfunctional “utopia” planned by the Progressives. It is a glittering facade, a meaningless wasteland where cheap thrills, drugs, and sexual excess are employed to control and occupy a shallow and largely mindless rabble. The ruling class subjugates the public with complex propaganda schemes, with sleep teaching, mind control, body modification, and sex, sex, sex. Sex is one of the most powerful drives in the human condition. It will drive people to throw away everything they have for a few minutes of pleasure. (Consider the tragedy...
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

    12/17/2010 5:05:17 AM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 17 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 17, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    It is the third film installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series. The film begins in England, where Lucy and Edmund are staying with their “personality deficient” Uncle, Aunt, and trouble-maker, cousin Eustace. Eustace is very snotty, spoiled, loud, and hates his cousins. Eustace’s hatred for his cousins causes him to torment them. None too soon, when a painting of a ship on the wall starts “moving,” suddenly water starts filling up the room and Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are from that water, transported into the seas of Narnia. Upon arriving in Narnia, a very large, dragon shaped ship approaches...
  • Christ's temptation and ours (Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent)

    02/15/2010 8:59:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 336+ views
    CERC ^ | March 8, 2009 | Father George William Rutler
    Christ's temptation and oursFATHER GEORGE WILLIAM RUTLERChrist was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation. The Spirit that "drove" Jesus into the desert to be tempted by Satan (Mark 1:12) is the Third Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the bond of love between God the Father and God the Son. Christ was tempted three times as an act of love to prepare his Church for three temptations which would assault her in every generation.Satan tested Christ to figure out if he truly was divine:...
  • The Un-Holy Trinity (The Three Enemies)

    02/14/2010 9:26:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 13 replies · 237+ views ^ | Saturday, February 13, 2010 | Fr. Longenecker
    What does the Devil set up against the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? It's that famous threesome, the World, the Flesh and the Devil. Getting ready for Lent means taking the unholy Trinity seriously, and going out into the wilderness for battle is one way Christians engage in that warfare every year. 'The World' means the Way of the World. This runs counter to the 'Way of the Spirit'. The Way of the World is the way of human power, human planning, human reason, human wisdom. It is the way that puts Man first and assumes that human life and...
  • Not Just Tiger's Temptations

    12/27/2009 3:03:23 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 988+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 27, 2009 | Doug Glanville
    In an athlete’s environment, money can be its own pollutant; you can become desensitized to the significance of what it can buy. Typically, if a person spends hundreds of dollars on arrangements to pass time with someone, that someone would be important in his life. But when you have extensive financial resources, it’s easy to send similar signals to people who are meaningful only for a moment. Even worse, you might only concern yourself with what it means to you. As the money flows in, so do the toys — cars, clothes, bling — and once in the stratosphere, a...
  • (Vanity) Give Us This Day, or, Lead Us Into Temptation

    01/04/2009 5:42:35 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies · 972+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 1-4-2009 | grey_whiskers
    "For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16) I was watching TV last night with my family (if you are curious, it was The Smoking Gun presents: The World's Dumbest). The show is a "countdown" of video clips of accidents or mishaps invovling a common theme, punctuated by commentary from a bunch of B-list actors and ex-celebrities (Danny Bonaduce from The Partridge Family, Leif Garrett, Tonya Harding, Gary Busey and some others(*)). It...

    03/11/2008 8:27:37 AM PDT · by jdm · 19 replies · 849+ views
    Right-Wing Nut House ^ | March 11, 2008 | by Rick Moran
    As political corruption goes, news that New York Governor Elliot Spitzer consorts with high class call girls is pretty low on the sin-o-meter. It was, however, a shock to learn a man mentioned in some circles as presidential material could have been so careless and stupid. Just what possesses a man who has everything going for him to become enmeshed in such an embarrassing scandal? We see it time and time again and ask the same questions over and over. The fact of the matter is, these politicians exist in a political (and social) system that makes them feel entitled...
  • LIFEHOUSE EVERYTHING SKIT from GodTube. Absolutely amazing!!!

    10/04/2007 10:48:04 AM PDT · by Jo Nuvark · 108 replies · 3,015+ views ^ | 10-04-07 | Unknown
    This is a powerful demonstration of God's love and grace toward us, His creation. Although many forces pull at us and allure us, He is all we want, need... our Everything.
  • The Strategy of the Devil in Demonic Temptations

    11/09/2006 2:30:08 PM PST · by stfassisi · 17 replies · 674+ views
    The Strategy of the Devil in Demonic Temptations by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. It was divinely providential that Christ allowed Himself to be tempted by the devil at the beginning of His public ministry. He is teaching us one of the most important lessons we need to learn in life. If He, the living God in human form, was tempted by the evil spirit, then we must expect to be tempted as well. In order to imitate Christ, we must resist the devil as Christ, Himself, resisted the devil. As St. John tells us, we are tempted from three...
  • Exodus National Ex-Gay Conference 6/27 to 7/2 2006

    03/26/2006 9:03:30 AM PST · by dcnd9 · 51 replies · 907+ views
  • Lead Us Not into Temptation . . .

    03/10/2006 8:33:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 495+ views ^ | 03-19-06 | Scott Hahn
    Lead Us Not into Temptation . . .    SCOTT HAHN The Lord's Prayer is like a marathon course whose last mile winds up a steep hill. Or it's like a Himalayan mountain whose ultimate peak crowns a sheer, vertical rock face. We approach the end of the Our Father, and still we face the petition that has proven a stumbling block to many great minds in Christian history. The psychoanalyst C.G. Jung's misinterpretation of this petition was a major factor in his break with orthodox Christianity. He cited Jesus' words as evidence that God is not merely "love and...
  • Scripture offers insight into spiritual warfare

    12/08/2003 5:44:10 PM PST · by anncoulteriscool · 1 replies · 57+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2003 | Mije Mentor
    <p>The following are excerpts from a sermon yesterday by the Rev. Mike Minter at Reston Bible Church.</p> <p>Many who profess to know Christ struggle with a true understanding of spiritual warfare. They either see a demon behind every bush or relegate this whole subject to a superstition of the Middle Ages. The truth of the matter is clearly laid out in Ephesians, Chapter 6. The beauty of Scripture is that it reveals to us things that we would otherwise have no way of knowing through our five physical senses. This is why God gave us His word. If we could discover this on our own, there would be no need for the Bible. Let´s take a look at this difficult subject.</p>
  • "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More

    08/30/2003 5:48:16 PM PDT · by xzins · 377 replies · 2,463+ views
    "Sexually Inclusive Christians" Celebrate Victories, Push for More Mark Tooley August 22, 2003 When arguing for church acceptance of homosexuality, most advocates talk about monogamy. But others are bolder. “I am a strong ally of those in healthy, polyamorous relationships,” declared Debra Kolodny. She argued that having multiple sexual partners can be “holy.” Kolodyn was leading a workshop at the WOW (Witness Our Welcome) 2003 convention, an ecumenical gathering for “sexually and gender inclusive Christians.” Hundreds of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual people gathered under the “queer” banner in Philadelphia August 14-17 to urge religious acceptance of non-traditional sexual behaviors. According...