01-22-2023The Pastor's PenFr. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.

Dear Friend,

Think how many temptations we might face in an ordinary day.

Growling at the breakfast table - the temptation to unkindness.

Arguing over who should change the baby this time - the temptation to selfishness.

Starting work late without permission - the temptation to slothfulness.

Losing your temper when a co-worker crashes your computer - the temptation to impatience.

Refusing to speak to a person who has hurt you - the temptation to malice.

Repeating a juicy story of your neighbor’s misfortune the temptation to gossip.

Lying awake at night thinking sensual thoughts - the temptation to impurity.

Taking your anger out on the children after a hard day - the temptation to cruelty.

Binging on food or drink - the temptation to self-indulgence.

Firing off a hasty letter to a friend who hurt you - the temptation to revenge.

As we begin another September it is a good idea to put our daily lives into perspective and consider our strengths, as well as, our weaknesses.

Temptations are not a sin, only giving in to temptation is sin. Remember what St. Paul says, God's Grace is sufficient, if we are willing to embrace Grace and not the temptation.

Regular Confession and Holy Communion have always been powerful in the lives of the saints.

Let us pray always and never lose heart.