THE DEVIL ATTACKS ONLY THE
As soon as a man wants to progress higher toward God
in his faith--by this I mean, when a Christian wants to grow in the
image of God by becoming stronger in his character--the enemies of
faith will take aim at him. Their evil words will be like arrows shot
at a target.
you have never had to endure these evil tongues, then it is likely you
have never really tried to advance in your faith. Whoever is afraid of
what others will say will not even try to advance.
urge you to set out for a higher point in your faith, even though you
will become a target for evil words that are like the arrows of an
is the sure way to ascend to God and invite the devil's attack on
oneself: first, set your heart to be close to God. Secondly, in
your heart decide that all earthly, fragile and temporal things are
hateful if they keep you from progressing in faith. And thirdly, set
the eyes of your soul upon God alone.
you do this, you will begin to find that a marvelous freedom comes;
you are neither overly pleased by seeking earthly gains, nor upset
when losses occur.
this point your heart becomes compassionate; you become uncomfortable
with excesses since they choke your soul. Suddenly you want to sell
all things and give them to those in need.
you reach this point in your spiritual life, BEWARE!. . . you are in
danger of attacks from the evil ones. They will, first, mock you for
your goodness. That these mockers are enemies of God and all that is
godly will be obvious to you.
of an even subtler attack that will come from false "spiritual
counselors." They will turn you away from the path of holiness
under the pretext of giving good advice.
is a true Godly counselor: He will always point you toward the
salvation of your soul, even if the advice seems unpleasant or hard
for you. The false counselor will always offer you an
"easier" path. Beneath the fake benevolence, the false guide
is hiding a hatred and deadly rebellion against the Word of God.
Though he seems to be making things easy for you, his words are
killing arrows--and you are the target.
false counselors always say: "No one else is living such high
standards among Catholics. Why should you be the only one." Or,
"To be saved is not difficult. Why struggle so hard? You are
doing well. Take it easy." You follow their advice and you begin
to slip back into a worldly, self-seeking way of life. That's how the
devil always does it.
yourself by being steadfast in prayer: "Deliver my soul from