“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Be alert, be on watch!

Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion,

looking for someone to devour.

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Be firm in your faith and resist him,

because you know that other believers in all the world

are going through the same kind of sufferings.

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– 1 Peter 5:8-9 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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We must always be watchful against the assaults of the devil,

who will pounce on us if we lower our guard.

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We go through life seeking to cope with its mundane requirements,

seeking to improve upon our lifestyle

and to better ourselves financially, socially and so on.

However, we should be very wary of the hidden dangers and traps that we can so easily fall into

as we chase possessions, wealth and status,

which can end up ensnaring and enslaving us.

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As Christians, we should seek to live our life in a balanced, steady and dignified manner,

being content with what enables us to live it joyfully, simply and soberly,

always ready to accept the sacrifices required of us

as we determinedly follow the Lord.

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Christians who put their hope in Heavenly things

and who call upon the Holy Spirit to strengthen their faith and resolve,

will resist the attacks of the devil.

Any trials they suffer in the meantime,

will serve to purify them

and will be a guarantee of the glory God will give them.

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QUOTE…

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"He [the devil] moves round each one of us

like an enemy who has us surrounded and is checking the walls

to see if there is some weak, unsecured part, where he can get in."

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– St. Cyprian

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"So great is the good that I hope for,

that any pain is for me a pleasure."

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– St. Augustine

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"Detach yourself from the goods of the world.

Love and practice poverty of spirit:

be content with what enables you to live a simple and sober life.

Otherwise, you will never be an apostle."

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Come, Spirit of God, lead me through life.

Counsel me; console me; strengthen my faith and resolve.

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