“I’ve appointed the Devil to tempt and to trouble My creatures in this life [St. Catherine of Siena reports that Our Lord said to her]. I’ve done this, not so that My creatures will be overcome, but so that they may overcome, proving their virtue and receiving from Me the glory of victory. And no one should fear any battle or temptation of the Devil that may come to him, because I’ve made My creatures strong, and I’ve given them strength of will, fortified in the Blood of My Son. Neither the Devil nor any other creature can control this free will, because it’s yours, given to you by Me. By your own choice, then, you hold it or let it go if you please. It’s a weapon, and if you place it in the hands of the Devil, it right away becomes a knife that he’ll use to stab and kill you. On the other hand, if you don’t place this knife that is your will into the hands of the Devil—that is, if you don’t consent to his temptations and harassments—you will never be injured by the guilt of sin in any temptation. Instead, you’ll actually be strengthened by the temptation, as long as you open the eyes of your mind to see My love, and to understand why I allowed you to be tempted: so you could develop virtue by having it proved. My love permits these temptations, for the Devil is weak. He can do nothing by himself unless I allow him. So I let him tempt you because I love you, not because I hate you. I want you to conquer, not to be conquered, and to come to a perfect knowledge of yourself and of Me.”
— St. Catherine of Siena, p. 159-60
An Excerpt From
Manual for Spiritual Warfare
The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep.
Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.
And he would answer and say to them, The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.
1 God told the Israelites: 2 “I am the LORD
Your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt
Where you were slaves. 3 Don’t worship any God
But me. 4 Do not make idols that look like
Anything in the sky or on the earth
Or in the ocean underneath the earth.
5 Do not bow down and worship idols. I’m
The LORD your God, and I demand your love.
If you reject me, I will punish all
Your families for generations−three
Or four, 6 but if you love me and obey
My laws, I’ll treat your families kindly for
Thousands of generations. 7 Don’t misuse
My name. I am the LORD your God, and I
Will punish anyone who does misuse
My name. 8 Remember that the
Belongs to me. 9 You have six days when you
Can do your work, 10 but on the seventh day
Each week, the day belongs to me, your God.
No one shall work on that day–not you, your children,
Your slaves, your animals, or foreigners
Residing in your towns, for in six days
I made the sky, the earth, the oceans, and
All that’s in them, but on the seventh day
I rested, which is why I made the Sabbath
A special day that’s mine. Respect your father
And mother, and you’ll live a long time in
The land I’m giving you. Don’t murder. Be
Faithful in marriage. Do not steal. Do not
Tell lies of others. Don’t want anything
That’s someone else’s property. Don’t covet
Their house, their wife or husband, slaves or oxen,
Donkeys or anything else.” People shook
With fear when they heard thunder, heard the trumpet,
And saw the lightning and the smoke that came
Out of the mountain. They stood far away
And said to Moses, “If you speak to us,
We’ll listen, but don’t let God speak to us,
Or we will die.” “Do not be scared,” said Moses.
“God has come only to test you, so by
Obeying him you will not sin,” but when
He went near the thick cloud where God was, people
Stayed far away. The LORD told Moses to
Say to the Israelites: “With your own eyes,
You saw me speak to you from heaven. You
Must therefore never fashion idols from
Gold or silver to worship in my place.
Go build an altar out of earth, and offer
On it your sacrifices of your sheep,
Cattle and goats. Wherever I may choose
To have you worship me, I will come down
To bless you. If you ever build an altar
For me from stones, do not use tools to chisel
The stones, for that would make the altar unfit,
26 And do not build an altar that needs steps;
You might expose yourself when you climb up.”