GeE 162: Alert And Trustful

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The believer is always alert and trustful. Alert, obviously, for danger. Trusting in the various tools–weapons if you will–God provides for our benefit.

162. God’s word invites us clearly to “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11) and to “quench all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). These expressions are not melodramatic, precisely because our path towards holiness is a constant battle. Those who do not realize this will be prey to failure or mediocrity.

Note that mediocrity is considered in the same sentence as failure. Striving for excellence is at once good for us, part of the Divine plan, and most needed in our world.

Do we have full trust in everything on this list?

For this spiritual combat, we can count on the powerful weapons that the Lord has given us:

  • faith-filled prayer,
  • meditation on the word of God,
  • the celebration of Mass,
  • Eucharistic adoration,
  • sacramental Reconciliation,
  • works of charity,
  • community life,
  • missionary outreach.

If we become careless, the false promises of evil will easily seduce us. As the sainted Cura Brochero observed: “What good is it when Lucifer promises you freedom and showers you with all his benefits, if those benefits are false, deceptive and poisonous?” [José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, “Plática de las banderas”, in Conferencia Episcopal Argentina, El Cura Brochero. Cartas y sermones, Buenos Aires, 1999, 71]

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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