“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
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April 1: Holy Bible

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April 1
Holy Bible

 

252.

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.

~Ecclesiastes 5:12

253.

Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, but the one who gathers by labor increases it.

~Proverbs 13:11

254.

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.

~Luke 3:11

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April 1: Foolish

April 1
Foolish

251.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
–Psalms 14:1

252.
When you see trouble coming,
don’t be stupid
and walk right into it–
be smart and hide.
–Proverbs 22:3

253.
I wish you would put up with a little foolishness from me. Yes, do put up with me.
–2 Corinthians 11:1

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EXODUS CHAPTER TWENTY

EXODUS CHAPTER TWENTY

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 Sabbath Day

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.”