Saturday, October 21, 2006

What happens when we are suffering?

SpiritDaily paints an interesting picture of suffering in an article I just read. When we are wounded, two things happen--2 "people" immediately come around. The first is Jesus. Jesus stands "at the door of our wounds" ready to heal them and fill them with His Love.

Unfortunately, when we hurt, Satan also rushes to the place of our suffering, tempting us to give in to bitter hurt. Satan pours in his poison, and tempts us to despair.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you, Saint James advises in James 4:7.

How can we resist the devil's temptation to despair during times of trouble? Jesus gave us the answer.
And when He was come into the
house, His disciples secretly asked
Why couldn't we cast him out?

And Jesus said to them:
This kind can go out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
~Mark 9:27-28
Stay close to God through prayer, the sacraments and sacramentals and the devil will flee.


Mairin :o) said...

Thank you for such a beautiful post. You have painted such a picture. I have a friend who is suffering and right now, the devil is winning.

I very much enjoy your blog.

Staying in Balance said...

Thank you so much!

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