Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Faithful asked to be 'fervent in prayer'

Archbishop Miller reminds ONE Conference attendees of 'acts of charity'
Caption: Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, during the Mass for migrants Jan. 20.
(Alfredo Chu / Special to The B.C. Catholic.)
Archbishop Miller warned 1,000 lay men and women at the ONE conference Feb. 16 to be on guard against devilish temptations. He spoke at the Vancouver Convention Centre:
Satan first tempts Jesus with food, since He has been fasting for 40 days. "Don't worry about it! You are God!" he says. "You can have all the food you want. For example, turn this rock into bread!" (cf. Lk 4:3).
This temptation is the one ever-present in the human heart: "Be self-sufficient. Rely only on yourself." You and I are tempted, too, with the demon of self-sufficiency. Sometimes with food, but that is relatively "small stuff."
Real temptations are far more subtle. But, at root, each of these temptations says: "Don't bother God with this; He's not interested. Take care of yourself. Watch out for number one, because if you don't, no one else will."
Read the full article here.

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