Issue 028: Temptations and Fortitude
As we reach just beyond the halfway point of the Lenten season, we bring you two reflections this week: one, fittingly, on the temptations that we all face, and the second on how the virtue of fortitude is necessary for us.
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“You Shall Be Like Gods: The Oldest Temptation”
When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, he imposed on them only one restriction. And yet, tempted by the serpent, they both transgressed that sole command. “Ye shall not die,” the serpent, tempted them, “Ye shall be like gods…” The modern world still faces the same temptation and, over and over, it suffers the consequences of succumbing. More than ever our modern world tempts us to be like God. Read more here.
Children Need Fortitude… and So Do We
Children need this fortitude: that is, not the courage to be a momentary hero, but to persevere through ongoing adversity and pain. In the short-term, not only the long-eternal term, children need fortitude because they will face harsh consequences in the world for holding to the Catholic faith. (God forbid) they may, perhaps as children and certainly as adults, face widespread scorn, false accusations, homelessness, joblessness, discrimination, slander… even, possibly, torture and martyrdom. Read more here.
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