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« Reply #3230 on: February 02, 2020, 12:47:18 PM »

Am I correct in assuming that 3229 quote refers to evil spirits, and perhaps when they are within us?  Can I presume when we are confronted or assaulted by a person there must certainly be an evil spirit in or maybe about that person, and can I presume we can fight that spirit too, with prayer, reason, and (?), even as we try to love the person?
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« Reply #3231 on: February 06, 2020, 08:50:25 PM »

This quote is from the book "The Ladder of Divine Ascent".

Yes, that would be the evil spirits referenced in the quote. There may be the influence evil spirits in such a case as you mention, or it may be a human matter, both invisible spirits and human motivations are some of the hardest matters to discern about, if indeed it is possible to discern in many cases. Prayer is the weapon against the evil spirits, and certainly using one's reason is useful too. We must wish the good of our neighbor for the sake of the love of God, though we may suspect the influence of evil spirits.
 
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« Reply #3232 on: February 06, 2020, 08:51:13 PM »

'Let us pray much; let us pray for one another.'

St. Conrad of Parzham
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« Reply #3233 on: February 07, 2020, 07:08:24 AM »

'In the texts which follow, the beliefs of those in error will be refuted by those whose faith is well founded and who know the truth.'

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« Reply #3234 on: February 08, 2020, 06:49:48 AM »

'If you wish to pray well, be faithful in the practice of mortification, avoid dissipation of mind during the day, and never commit any willful faults.'

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
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« Reply #3235 on: February 10, 2020, 10:13:40 PM »

'Prayer is the sure way that leads to holiness.'

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« Reply #3236 on: February 11, 2020, 12:02:58 AM »

'Like the sun which shines on all alike, vainglory beams on every occupation. What I mean is this. I fast, and turn vainglorious. I stop fasting so that I will draw no attention to myself, and I become vainglorious over my prudence. I dress well or badly, and am vainglorious in either case. I talk or I hold my peace, and each time I am defeated. No matter how I shed this prickly thing, a spike remains to stand up against me.'

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« Reply #3237 on: February 12, 2020, 12:03:12 AM »

'O Mary, my gentle Mother, here I am, your child who can bear no more. See my needs and above all my spiritual distress. Have pity on me; grant that one day I may be with you in Heaven.'

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« Reply #3238 on: February 13, 2020, 01:50:12 AM »

'Those who are under the sway of passions must pray and be obedient. For even when they receive help, they can only just manage to fight against their prepossessions.'

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« Reply #3239 on: February 14, 2020, 12:20:10 AM »

'I had become by this time fond of good books, and that gave me life.

I read the Epistles of St. Jerome, which filled me with so much courage. . .'

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« Reply #3240 on: February 15, 2020, 12:28:17 AM »

'A soiled garment excludes one from the divine wedding feast and makes one a communicant of outer darkness (cf. Matt. 22:12-13).'

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« Reply #3241 on: February 16, 2020, 01:49:03 AM »

'Fasting then is a renewal of the soul, for the holy Apostle says, Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward is being renewed day by day. And if it is being renewed, clearly it is being made beautiful according to its original beauty; made beautiful in itself it is being drawn lovingly to the one who said, I and the Father will come and make our dwelling with him. If then such is the grace of fasting, that it makes us into a dwelling place of God, we must welcome it, brethren, gladly, not grieving at the plainness of the diet, for we know that the Lord, though he is able to nourish lavishly, made a banquet for thousands in the wilderness from bread and water. Also because what is unusual, with enthusiasm becomes acceptable and painless. Fasting is not defined by foods alone, but by every abstinence from evil, as our godly fathers have explained. And so, I beg you, let us abstain from despondency, idleness, sluggishness, jealousy, strife, maliciousness, self-indulgence, self-reliance; let us abstain from destructive desire which the many-shaped serpent lays before us when we are fasting.'

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« Reply #3242 on: February 16, 2020, 05:15:29 AM »

'When you can do good, defer it not, because "alms delivers from death."' [ Tobit 4:10, Tobit 12:9]

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« Reply #3243 on: February 17, 2020, 03:04:31 AM »

'Let him who hath need of less thank God and not give way to sadness, but let him who hath need of more, humble himself for his infirmity, and not be elated for the indulgence shown him; and thus all the members will be at peace.'

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« Reply #3244 on: February 18, 2020, 01:28:44 AM »

'Renew your confidence by a glance at the cross. See that precious blood, those mortal wounds, those hands which have made heaven and earth are still outstretched to poor, repentant sinners who humbly sigh for the embrace of Jesus.'

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« Reply #3245 on: February 19, 2020, 01:12:51 AM »

'The first ideas I can remember date back to when I was five years old. When I went to bed, instead of sleeping -- I have never been much of a sleeper -- I used to think about eternity. I would think "forever, forever, forever." I would try to imagine enormous distances and pile still more distances on these and realize that they would never come to an end.'

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« Reply #3246 on: February 20, 2020, 06:46:31 AM »

'Do not distress yourself on account of any distaste or dryness you experience in God's service. He wills that you should serve Him fervently and constantly it is true, but without any other help than simple faith, and thus your love will be more disinterested, and your service the more pleasing to Him.'

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