Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Licentious Rule 13

Thirteenth Rule. The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed. For, as the licentious man who, speaking for an evil purpose, solicits a daughter of a good father or a wife of a good husband, wants his words and persuasions to be secret, and the contrary displeases him much, when the daughter reveals to her father or the wife to her husband his licentious words and depraved intention, because he easily gathers that he will not be able to succeed with the undertaking begun: in the same way, when the enemy of human nature brings his wiles and persuasions to the just soul, he wants and desires that they be received and kept in secret; but when one reveals them to his good Confessor or to another spiritual person that knows his deceits and evil ends, it is very grievous to him, because he gathers, from his manifest deceits being discovered, that he will not be able to succeed with his wickedness begun.

He's sneaky...that he is!  So in just this way we must be on guard!  And how good it is to have a spiritual friend or confessor so that he may be found out.  So many times I have been tempted, drawn down in desolation or just plain deceived and in speaking with my spiritual director or a good spiritual friend been brought out once again.  The devil is a keeper of secrets...but of secrets not meant to be hidden.  Come to the light, he will not succeed!

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