Impulsive words or actions often lead to regrets later. We sometimes act as if our words or actions have no boundaries. Unwise impulses occasionally seem to overcome us. They usually aren’t between good and evil. We can easily discern that. These are more subtle. They may be between bad and worse or even between good and better. Sometimes they lead us to do the opposite of what we know is appropriate. Often, they may put an uncomfortable strain on a relationship. They are decisions that test the limits of our boundaries. They are choices that can change us for the better.
May I act with foresight and speak with insight.
What are my inner boundaries? How do I discern my limitations? What signals can I detect that I am making wrong choices? How can I avoid choices that strain relationships?
“See that you don’t tell this to anyone.”Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.
Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
We must always walk in the presence of the Lord, in the light of the Lord, always trying to live in an irreprehensible way.
.Life is the ability to start over again.
By recognizing the dumb mistakes we make, the silly things we do, and the pompous attitudes we strike, we can embrace a real poverty of spirit
James Martin, SJ
Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
One of the important things about temptation is, if I’m going to deal with it I’m going to have to recognize that this is an area of weakness in my life. I have been tempted here before and before and before.
You can develop good judgment as you do the muscles of your body – by judicious, daily exercise.
I am a master of logic and a powerfully convincing debater. In fact, against my better judgment, I can talk myself out of doing anything.
The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.
T. S. Eliot