Thought for the Day – 2 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Other Ways of Resisting Temptation
“After prayer, humility is the best weapon in our struggle against temptation.
God wishes us to realise, that we are incapable of a single good thought or action without His assistance.
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything, as from ourselves but our sufficiency, is from God” (2 Cor 3:5).
“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (Is 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).
We cannot conquer temptation without the grace of God and God only gives His grace to the humble.
He allows us to be troubled by temptation, in order to humble us and if He perceives that we are still proud, He allows us to fall by denying us His grace.
Many of our falls, especially sins of impurity, are the result of pride.
Let us be humble, therefore and recognise our own nothingness.
At the same time, let us have complete confidence in God.
“I can do all things in Him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).
We must be humble, not only in the sight of God but, also in the presence of men.
“What hast thou that thou hast not received? And if thou hast received, why do thou boast as if thou hast not received it?” (1 Cor 4;7),
Pride and ambition are links in a chain which secures us in the bondage of sin! ”