Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Temptation 101

Time for some spiritual growth. Catholic Culture blog has a piece on 'Temptation'. Not something we talk about very much though it's apart of our daily lives.

We've heard about 'concupiscence', that is our tendency toward sin, but how do we deal with it?

How do we withstand the daily temptations? We often tell ourselves, as this title says, "If only I could avoid temptation".

A recent magazine article called attention to a web site devoted to connecting people who wish to commit adultery. This is an excellent reminder that, perhaps especially in our culture, it is impossible to hide from sexual temptation. It will never be sufficient to attempt to eliminate temptation from our lives, or from the lives of our children. Rather, we must devote ourselves to the cultivation of the virtue of purity. But this must be something more than the cultivation of a natural virtue. To resist temptation successfully, our desire for virtue must be spiritually rooted. It must grow out of our own personal relationship with God.

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