Our holiness is not marked by how little we are tempted but by our actions when we are. Temptation is the first step to sin, but it is not sin itself. Though God allows temptation, it is not He who tempts us. We are tempted by the world around us, by our flesh, and by the devil.

-from A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics



“In every temptation, there is a virtue to be worked on.” And that’s the crux of it, much as it hurts to admit.

I have been mad all day! I am short with my husband and my children. I can’t even stand to be around me!! I can’t get the dream out of my head and its self revelations. Images of the same pattern of behavior plague me. Am I really that dense, that I…