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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment

Today we begin the fifth chapter of Gaudete et Exsultate, and I consider it very important as the Pope explains why we need discernment in our daily lives and how to go about becoming discerning people.

158. "The Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel. This battle is sweet, for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives.

159. We are not dealing merely with a battle against the world and a worldly mentality that would deceive us and leave us dull and mediocre, lacking in enthusiasm and joy. Nor can this battle be reduced to the struggle against our human weaknesses and proclivities (be they laziness, lust, envy, jealousy or any others). It is also a constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil. Jesus himself celebrates our victories. ...

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