Temptation is not a sin, however-
Richard Salbato July 19,
When praying the Lord’s Prayer we say “lead
us not into temptation” and we wonder why God would allow us to be tempted. The
truth is that temptation is good for us and in fact adds more grace to us when
we overcome temptation. I am not tempted by wealth, so what grace can I receive
by overcoming greed? If, however, I had
huge desires for wealth and power, but overcame those temptations for the glory
of God, this would be a great grace, and God would give me great rewards. This
is why temptation is good for people and God often sends it for our good
according to our ability to overcome it. If we are very saintly, the temptation
will be much harder even to the point of being attacked by demons.
However, if we give in to temptation even for
one second, we have sinned. Most people think of temptation in terms of “Sex”
but sex is a very small part of temptation and because it is such a small part
of temptation becomes the entire reason for this Newsletter. But sex is a good
way to explain giving in to temptation for even a second, when we think of
something that tempts us to lust and we don’t quickly turn away our eyes, or
turn back to look twice. This becomes a sin quickly.
NOT BE THE TEMPTOR
Chrysostom, called the man with the Golden Voice, said: “Who is more guilty, the man who takes poison or the man who gives it?”And Christ
said: “If you cause one of these little ones to sin, it would be better that a
rock be tied around your neck and dropped into the sea.”
Every moment of every day we must constantly
be aware that we must not cause others to sin by our actions, our words, our appearance
or our opinions. When thinking of temptation we constantly think of how we
dress, but how about temptation to gossip, to hate, to accept sin, to
compromise truth. Do we tell true stories about people that damage their reputations
for no reason except to gossip? Do we pass on our prejudices to others making
then have the same prejudices? Do we make light of some sins as though they are
not so important? Do we compromise truth, especially the truth of faith,
claiming it is not so important? If we
convince people that sin is not sin, we are the tempter.
No matter what we say, even if always right,
people judge us by our life, how we live. Think of a recent priest who gave
great talks and always said the right thing, but when we looked into his life
we found he lived the opposite of what he said. How will his followers think of
the Church and priests afterwards?
Even if you are living a moral life but live
in such a way that people do not believe it, you may be setting an example that
causes others to sin or give up trying.
Saints Peter and Paul constantly remind us to
not aggravate our children and to correct them with extreme kindness so as not
to drive them away from the truth of faith and morals.
What if we are writers on the internet and
always say the truth but in doing so we attack bad bishops, mistakes of the
pope, sins of Catholics and over and over until we drive people out of the
Church? Will God be happy with us?
What if we set an example in Church of inattention
or disrespect to God in the Tabernacle and by so doing those who watch us stop
believing in the true presence of Christ
in the Tabernacle? Will God be happy with us?
What if we talk around people who are trying to pray? Will God be happy
Beware of teachers who do not know what they
are talking about. You might not think of yourself as a teacher, but anytime
you promote something, an apparition, a healing priest, a movement, etc. you
are tempting others to believe in something that might not be true and from
God. It would be better if you just shut up unless you did long and extensive
investigation with a strong background it your faith.
I have seen priests who, just because they
are priests, think they know their faith so well that they can discern things
and then promote them only to find them false.
These are the many TEMPTERS that God condemns
to the pits of Hell. Be anything but a tempter. Better to shut up than to talk
without knowing what you are talking about.
There are web sites, Newspapers and TV
stations on the internet today that call themselves Catholic that I would not. Be
very careful that you are teaching the truth and are not leading these little
ones to sin?