Christian life is a battle, says Pope Francis

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During his homily this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about the reality of the devil and the havoc he wreaks on humanity. I heard a priest say many years ago that the evil one’s most powerful tool is his ability to make people believe he doesn’t exist. I whole-heartedly agree! I see more folks get into trouble because they’re oblivious to the devil’s power than folks who either make a terrible mistake or consciously choose to do wrong. This, as both Pope Francis and his predecessors have decried, is a consequence of relativism. If nothing is evil, then everything must be good, right? Wrong.

Here’s a quote from the Holy Father’s homily that I think makes good fodder for meditation – or at least a moment or two of serious consideration.:

“Life is a military endeavour.  Christian life is a battle, a beautiful battle, because when God emerges victorious in every step of our life, this gives us joy, a great happiness: the joy that the Lord is the victor within us, with his free gift of salvation.  But we’re all a bit lazy, aren’t we, in this battle and we allow ourselves to get carried away by our passions, by various temptations. That’s because we’re sinners, all of us!  But don’t get discouraged.  Have courage and strength because the Lord is with us.”

May God bless your day!

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