Tag Archives: Temptation

Confidence

Here is advice from Franciscan saints on having confidence in God: St. Francis of Assisi urges us to have faith in God: “No one ought, by a foolish self-confidence, to take pride in what is within the reach of every … Continue reading

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Dealing With Temptations

Here is advice from Padre Quadrupani on how to effectively deal with the most trying temptations: “In temptations against faith and purity, do not make great efforts to form acts of these virtues, but simply turn a pleading glance towards … Continue reading

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Crossing the Line

Padre Quadrupani draws a thick line between involuntarily temptations and the voluntary commission of sin. “The attraction of the feelings towards the object presented by the imagination is at times so strong that the will seems to have been carried … Continue reading

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Temptation or Sin?

Drawing upon the wisdom and experience of Church Fathers, Padre Quadrupani illustrates the difference between involuntarily experiencing temptations and voluntarily committing sin. The holy abbot St. Antony was accustomed to say to the phantoms of his mind: “I see you, … Continue reading

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Temptations in Perspective

In the following, St. Francis de Sales and Padre Quadrupani put temptations into perspective. “These persistent temptations come from the malice of the devil,” says St. Francis de Sales, “but the trouble and suffering they cause us come from the … Continue reading

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Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 5 of 5

Concluding his discussion of spiritual tranquility, Father Frassinetti advises: “Do not torment yourself with fears on account of the temptations which assail you so strongly and so frequently. It is clear that God permits them in order to be able … Continue reading

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Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 3 of 5

Continuing his discussion of spiritual tranquility, Father Frassinetti writes: “Neither should we lose this tranquillity from a dread of hidden mortal sin. . . . Sin cannot be mortal unless it be deliberate, either in itself or in the cause … Continue reading

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