“Abba Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from Heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high pries. But God said to him,
“You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
Do not open your heart to everyone, but discuss your personal affairs with those who are wise and fear God
So long as we live in this world we cannot be without tribulation and temptation.
Thus it is written in Job, “The life of man upon earth is a life of temptation”.
All of us, therefore, should guard ourselves against temptations and watch in prayer, so that the devil, who never sleeps but goes about seeking whom he may devour, will not find an occasion to deceive us.
None of us are so perfect and holy but that we sometimes have temptations, and we can never be totally without them.
Nevertheless, temptations are often very beneficial to us, even though they are troublesome and grievous, for in them we are humbled, purified, and instructed.
All saints passed through many tribulations and temptations, and benefited because of that.
Those who could not resist temptations became morally unprincipled and fell away.
There is no state so holy, no place so secret, that there are not temptations or adversities.
None of us are altogether free from temptations while we live on earth, for we are born with an inclination to evil and the root of it is within us.
No sooner does on temptation or tribulation go away then another one comes, and we will always have something to suffer because the original state of happiness was lost ( in the Garden of Eden ).
Many try to run away from temptations, but only fall more seriously into them.
We cannot overcome by running away, but by patience and true humility we can become stronger than all our enemies.
Those who only avoid the temptations outwardly but do not uproot them will have little benefit. The temptations will soon return to them and they will feel as if they are in a worse state than before.
By patience and long-suffering though God’s help, you will more easily overcome the temptations little by little than with violence and your own demanding urgency.
Often get council from others when you are tempted, and do not deal roughly with the person who is tempted, but give that person comfort as you would wish to be comforted yourself.
Evil temptations begin in an unsteady mind and little trust of God.
For as a ship without a rudder is tossed back and forth with the waves, so a careless and unsteady person is tempted in many ways.
Fire tries iron, and temptation tries a just person.
Often we do not know what we are able to do, but temptations show us what we are.
Yet we must be watchful, especially in the beginning of the temptation, for the enemy is more easily overcome in the beginning if he is not allowed to enter the door of our hearts, but is resisted outside the gate at his first knock.
Therefore someone said, “Withstand the beginnings, for later the remedy comes too late.
For the first a simple thought comes to the mind, then a strong imagination, followed by delight, an evil impulse, and then consent.
So when our wicked enemy is not resisted in the beginning, little by little he gets complete entrance.
And the longer we wait before resisting, the weaker daily become in ourselves the enemy is against us.
Some suffer great temptations in the beginning of their conversion, others at the end.
And there are some who are much troubled almost through the whole of their life..
Some are lightly tempted, according to the wisdom and justice of God appointment. He measures the conditions and worth of people, and ordains all things for the welfare of His chosen ones.
We should not despair, therefore, when we are tempted, but ask God more fervently to grant us help in all tribulations, for according to the words of St. Paul, with the temptation He will provide a way of escape so that we may be able to endure it.
So let us humble our souls under the hand of God in all temptations and tribulations, for He will save and exalt the humble in spirit.
Temptations and afflictions prove how much we have progressed, and by going through them our rewards are greater and God’s graces are more prominently shown.
It is no great thing if we are devout and fervent when we are not being afflicted, but if during adversity we bear ourselves patiently, there is hope when of great progress in grace.
Some who are kept from great temptations are often overcome by small ones that occur daily. This happens so that having failed in small matters they will never presume that they are able to withstand the greater temptations. in their own strenght