FIGHT IDLENESS AND LAZINESS!
ST. FAUSTINA, THE DEVIL AND LAZINESS.
Dear brethren in Christ, sloth or laziness is one of the capital sins which we have to avoid together with idleness for from them arise many temptations and sins: disordered curiosity, impure thoughts, glances and actions, theft, egoism, lukewarmness…etc.
The enemy rounds about in ruin of souls and has the easiest access to those who are idle as recounted by a vision of St. Faustina:
“On one occasion, I saw Satan hurrying about and looking for someone among the sisters, but he could find no one. I felt an interior inspiration to command him in the Name of God to confess to me what he was looking for among the sisters. And he confessed, though unwillingly, ‘I am looking for idle souls [cf. Si. 33:28; Pr.12:11].’When I commanded him again in the Name of God to tell me to which souls in religious life he has the easiest access, he said, again unwillingly, ‘to lazy and idle souls. I took note of the fact that, at present, there were no such souls in this house. Let the toiling and tired souls rejoice. (St. Faustina, Diary, n. 1127)”
“The soul is like a vineyard, which, neglected by laziness, produces nothing but thistles” (St. Basil the Great, “Regulae breviores,” p.442). Hence, let us always make good use of our time and make sure that our rest, which is necessary, is compatible with our vocation as children of God.
Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, Catholics striving for Holiness.
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