If the Devil was playing in your backyard, how would you chase him away?
Often we go through life experiencing turmoil we did not ask for. Most Christians believe this is the Devil testing our faith. I often phrase it as, "the Devil is playing in my backyard". So when these troubles come how do you resolve them or chase them out of your yard? Are you strong enough?
My experience has been that our problems often don't get solved, but sometimes our personality so evolves that they don't constitute a problem any more.
I was raised Catholic, and though I no longer practice that religion I do still believe that there is redemption in suffering and that suffering can deepen compassion for others.
'To suffer' comes from a verb that simply means 'to undergo.' So I don't see 'negative' experiences as coming from the Devil, and didn't see them that way when I still was a practicing Catholic either. We all suffer. Jesus suffered. If He couldn't get out of it, why should we expect to?
All we really have is this moment. I try to embrace each moment to the degree that I am able, and that includes the painful parts.
I'd whip out my bible on that clown and smack him with it. Then I would empty out a clip full of scriptures on him!
Prayer; deep contemplitive prayer, reading the Liturgy of the Hours, have a Priest visit and sprinkle holy water and give at minimum 1 Sacrament to all involved.
I believe in my faith and myself. I am strong enough to resist any temptation so I will not be influence as such.
I will leave them alone as long as they do not affect me.
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