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Jul 13, 2024

Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus said to his Apostles: 

“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!

“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.

“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jul 13, 2024

Exposing the Wiles of the Enemy

First confession garners a lot of curiosity and trepidation with adults in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. They frequently ask, “Which sins should I confess?” I would respond, “out of a lifetime of sins, there’s probably a few especially bad ones you’ve already decided you won’t confess. Start with those.”  

Jesus recognized that the enemy operates in secret and likes to keep things hidden, but he said, “Have no fear of them… What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light.”

Saint Ignatius continues the same thought in his Rules for the Discernment of Spirits. “When the enemy of human nature brings his wiles to the just soul, he desires that they be kept in secret” (Rule 13).   He offers this advice: bring them to a “good confessor or to another spiritual person”.  Once discovered, the enemy “will not be able to succeed with his wickedness.”  

Is there something that the enemy is asking you to keep secret?

—Scott D. Gilfillan is a deacon in the Diocese of Charlotte and the director of the Catholic Conference Center where he leads retreats and provides spiritual direction.

Jul 13, 2024

Prayer

O God, 
create in me a pure heart,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
nor deprive me of your Holy Spirit.
Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me.  
Amen.  

—Psalm 51:10-12

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