Marian Helper Spring 2024

“He tries to drive away and remove from the plough the laborers dedicated to the service of God.” Can we name our temptations? It is opportune, this Lent, to ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten us to recognize the specific manners in which Satan tempts us to turn away from Jesus. Even more, St. Stanislaus teaches us that we ought to counter temptations with “contrary arguments.” He provides Scripture passages to respond to each form of seduction from the enemy, so that we always have the shield of truth against the subtlety of the devil’s lies. Naming our temptations is a path to victory. Saint Stanislaus urges us, “Look, look at the happy outcome of the temptation.” Jesus conquers Satan, and so similarly, “This is what Divine Providence does with the tempted: He allows them to be attacked, ... permits them to be troubled and overwhelmed by various waves of temptations. But at the end He reserves for them all joy and consolation.” Our heavenly Commander crowns us after our strong resistance with astonishing favors and the highest charisms and heavenly gifts. So, St. Stanislaus boldly encourages us: “Fight, fight heroically and persevere!” But, even as we remain confident of victory through Jesus, we ought “not presume too much about” our strength, not promise ourselves security. “Instead, be always vigilant, always pray, lest you fall into an insurmountable temptation.” We need to employ the proper means to victory, realizing that “it is not by great knowledge, or experience, or mortification that the infernal tempter is conquered.” Rather, Satan is completely conquered by “custody of the senses, the sword of prayer, great trust in God, patient humility, and humble patience.” Our Founder continues, “For this reason, the Lord grants you frequent access to the sacred table, so that you grow stronger against the more frequent attacks of your enemies.” Powerful weapon Saint Stanislaus emphasizes multiple times in his meditation how “the Eucharist is the most powerful weapon against every temptation,” for “as often as you are refreshed by the banquet of the Most Sacred Eucharist, you always acquire new strength and defensive armor.” Not only that, but we need to be “mindful of the grace of this most gracious God and remember to give thanks, for thus you will overcome and ward off all the might and the strong attacks of the tempter and infernal warrior.” Perseverance This Lent, to gain territory from the enemy, and not fall into temptation, we ought to heed these exhortations of St. Stanislaus. He himself faced many temptations and trials, yet persevered. One can perceive in his teaching the wisdom that he gained through personal suffering and experience. Though centuries of years stand between him and us, his writings in Inspectio Cordis reveal timely advice for the human heart that faces the same struggles in every epoch of history. Learn from him about Jesus and how to remain faithful to Him during your temptations. “Fight, fight heroically and persevere!” Prepare for Sunday Mass by reading Inspectio Cordis, posted Fridays on Marian.org. Saint Stanislaus emphasizes multiple times how “the Eucharist is the most powerful weapon against every temptation,” for “as often as you are refreshed by the banquet of the Most Sacred Eucharist, you always acquire new strength and defensive armor.”

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