Too many of us fall into one of the most common traps of the devil: dwelling on the past or being anxious about the future. It is extremely easy to succumb to both frames of mind and sometimes we are even stuck in the past and future at the same time!
Pocket Watch by Wikipedia Author: Isabelle Grosjean
The worst situation the devil can imagine is a soul who is firmly planted in the present moment.
I have some very exciting news to share about the upcoming publication of my book In the Footsteps of a Saint: John Paul II’s Visit to Wisconsin.
Is it true, prince, that you once declared that ‘beauty would save the world?’
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This oft-quoted line from Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot is bold and provocative. Is it possible that beauty, so often misused in the modern world, could save the world?
Rising to the occasion, the ancient Saint Augustine appears as a source and guide who can answer this modern question. In particular, Augustine would respond by changing the approach to beauty from a search for beautiful things to an encounter with a person: “Late have I loved you, beauty so old, and so new: late have I loved you. And see you were within, and I was in the external world and sought for you there.”
In the past year countless Christians have been martyred in the Middle East. Most recently we have been made aware of the 21 Coptic Christians who died uttering the name of Jesus before they met their Heavenly reward. However, for us who live in extreme comfort in America the thought of martyrdom is downright horrifying.
The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883)
I will be honest and say that I am not entirely thrilled with the idea either.
Humility is a virtue that is one of the hardest to acquire. While we all know what pride looks like, few of us have been taught how to practice true humility. The devil pounces on this lack of knowledge and twists the definition of humility around in our minds, convincing us that we are practicing a virtue when we are not even close.
We may think we are humble, but we are actually feeding on the lies of the devil.