TEMPTATION: Resisting the Evil One

Posted on Mar 03, 2017

1st Sunday in Lent
March 9, 2017 RCIA Session


Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

  "At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry."  cf. Matthew 4:1-11



  • Last  week in RCIA we take a look at the spiritual life and remembered again what it means to open our hearts to God, to wait for God to fill us and lead us.  We practiced the Rite of Sending.
  • This week in RCIA we will remember the Rite and then explore the practice of discernment of spirits and the moral life.
  • See Chapter 23 of the USCCA.



  • March 11 & 12 -- Penitential Rite for all CANDIDATES in RCIA (baptized already): 7:00 pm Saturday, 10:00 am and 3:00 pm Sunday Masses.  Please come 30 minutes early to check in and find a seat in Church.
  • March 18 & 19, March 25 & 26, April 1 & 2 -- the THREE SCRUTINY RITES at the 7:00 pm, 10:00 am, and 3:00 pm Masses
  • April 2 -- Evening of Reflection for St. Monica RCIA Adults only (with sponsors), 4:00-8:00 pm at St. Monica -- bring food

PRACTICE: Practicing the Lenten Disciplines

  • Be sure you have made a simple but challenging commitment that will help open your heart to God during Lent.  Stay true to these practices and promises! 
  • Help you children to do the same.
  • Be sure to follow the guidelines of the Church in Prayer, Fasting and giving Alms



"...in God and with God, I love even the person whom I do not like or even know.  This can only take place on the basis of an intimate encountner with God, an encounter which has become a communion of will, even affecting my feelings.  ...If I have no contact whatsoever with God in my life, then I cannot see in the other anything more than the other, and I am incapable of seeing in him the image of God.  But if in my life I fail completely to heed others, solely out of a desire to be 'devout' and to perform my 'religious duties,' then my relationship with God will also grow arid.  It becomes merely 'proper,' but loveless.  Only my readiness to encountner my neighbor and to show hiom love makes me sensitive to God as well.  Only if I serve my neighbor can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he loves me.  ...Love of God and neighbor are thus inseparable, they form a single commandment.  But both live from the love of God who has loved us first.  No longer it is a question, then, of a 'commandment' imposed from without and calling for the impossible, but rather of a freely'bestowed experience of love from within, a love which by its very nature must then be shared with others.  LOVE GROWS THROUGH LOVE.  Love is 'divine' because it comes from God and unties us to God; through this unifying process it makes us a 'we' which transcends our divisions and makes us one, until in the end God is 'all in all' (1 Corinthians 15:28)."               -Pope Benedict XVI, in encyclical letter  "God is Love"

"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will."  -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than they love the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial."     -Dietrich Bonhoeffer


How is LOVE the basis of the spiritual life?  How is HUMILITY necessary to the spiritual life?

What is LOVE?  How can we love persons we don't know or don't like?

What are obstacles to prayer?  What are the obstacles to receiving God's love?

What are the obstacles to loving our neighbor?

What are the TOOLS or DISPOSITIONS we need to love God and Neighbor?  How can we find or obtain these dispositions?



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