Some final considerations: Any predominant fault will be opposed to either an active or passive pursuit of God’s will. We will either fail to actively do what God wants by disobeying, sinning against the virtue of charity or seeking our will over his own; or we will fail to passively desire what God does by rebelling against his will for us with complaining and growing impatient because things seem out of our control.
Reviewing and practicing our fourth step in mental prayer, resolution, is a positive way to overcome a predominant fault. After reading, reflecting and relating to what we just read, make your resolution. For an example, do not say, “Today, I will not be unkind.” Rather, be specific, “Today, I am going to be kind to this particular person.”
Trust God and not yourself. Keep your heart at peace, because he is working and loving you even when you do not feel it. Satan loves to steal the peace from our hearts by making us feel abandoned by God, or making us feel like we are on our own and God is not helping us. That way we will give up. We must not forget that we are perfected by fighting our imperfections. We are guaranteed victory provided we do not give up the fight!
How to face temptation:
- If possible, we must determine beforehand what our behavior should be during the trial.
- Pray until the temptation ceases.
- Make a resolution during your next meditation and carry it out!
- Assign a penance for yourself to carry out if you do not keep your resolution.
Know that with each resistance you grow stronger and the enemy grows weaker.
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