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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Spirituality: Go in through His or Her Door

Whenever we wish to win someone over and engage him in the service of God, our Lord, we should use the same strategy for good that the enemy employs to draw a good soul to evil. The enemy enters through the other’s door and comes out his own. He enters with the others, not by opposing his ways but by praising them. He acts familiarly with the soul, suggesting good and holy thoughts that bring peace to the good soul. Then, little by little, he tries to comes out his own door, always portraying some error or illusion under the appearance of something good, but which will always be evil. So, we may lead others to good by portraying or agreeing with them on a certain good point, leaving aside whatever else may be wrong. Thus after gaining his confidence, we shall meet with better success. In this sense, we enter his door with him, but we come out our own.   

Ignatius of Loyola, The Letters of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, William Young, S.J., Ed. 

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for God’s good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13

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