Temptations—Giving-Up And Giving-In

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/06/2014

in Lent

First Sunday of Lent–Lent
March 9, 2014

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”
(Matthew 4:1)

Temptations—Giving-Up And Giving-In

One year has past.
Churches world-wide begin the Springtime of Lent.
Traditionally we pray, fast and give alms.
We try to give up: time, food and money.
These are the time-tested Lenten observances throughout the ages.

Born in the 4th century St. Augustine asked this question,
“Do you want your prayers to fly toward God? Give it two wings:
fasting and almsgiving.”

May I suggest a third wing? What about love?

This virtue of love might be giving-in to God’s will.
Loving might be doing his will:

  • When he wants it,
  • Where he wants it,
  • How he wants it,
  • Why does he want it?

Only later, when lessons are learned will we have an answer to “Why?”

Another type of loving might be:

  • Truly valuing and living the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Now, don’t be like the Little Flower, St.Therese of Lisieux.
She chose all.
If you choose all the Works of Mercy, you might fail and fall.
This Lent choose a few.
These few could make you a new person!

Where does temptation, the devil’s ploy, fit into our Lenten desert dwelling?
Do you think the devil wants you to turn over a new leaf?
Listen to this resounding word of response, “NO!”
If you fail, if you fall, Satan glories in a battle won.
Show him who’s boss—he or you?

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What good comes from suffering?
  2. What is your biggest temptation in Lent?
  3. Why are too many resolutions a person’s downfall?
  4. Why is the Holy Spirit a fine companion Lent?
  5. What is the most difficult traditional practice for you: prayer, fasting, almsgiving? Why?

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Sr. Kathleen Tobin March 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
I like your idea of adding “Giving In” to God’s will with Love. We can let the Lord take over. I also liked the part of the poem about not choosing all as St. Theresa did, because then we might fail, and how happy the devil will be that we couldn’t do it.
Kathleen

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Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND March 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Kathleen, so glad you got the message and liked it. Just one remark from me. Doing God’s will is one of most difficult resolutions I have ever tried. I am still trying. I think learning to do this is the best way to imitate Jesus. Sr. Juliemarie

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