The Lord says: my plans for you are peace and not disaster; when you call to me, I will listen to you, and I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.

Jn 29: 11,12,14

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This is the last in a series of posts on evil.  I hope you take to heart what I have written and face what is present with hope and not fear.

On a daily basis what might we do to avoid evil, to be alert to it and neutralize its effects on us, to root it out of our culture, our politics, the media, entertainment, etc?

First, read and re-read the Gospels to acquire their Eternal Truths, lessons and maxims so they can be applied to our mortal life and hasten our prayer life.  To do this puts you on the path to discipleship, understanding, courage, safety, contentment and meaning.  With this, when we encounter those things contrary to the Gospel, we can reject them as false and destructive – and that includes what is uttered, advocated and done by those who profess to lead or govern us.

Second, avoid those things which compromise us.  Yes, we live in the mortal world but are not absorbed in it.  What am I saying?  Did Jesus not ask His Father to take us out of the world but rather to “keep (us) from evil?”  (Jn 17:15)

We are in the world but not of the world.  Properly constituted this world cannot satisfy us nor capture us.

Third, in faith we know that wealth, success and pleasure are not the sources of ultimate happiness. Rather, contentment and peace is derived from living in faith.

Fourth, if you find those who, in a group, live their faith – participate with them; for, the world is a difficult place and the fellowship of Believers fortifies us, strengthens us and there will be time when persecution will mount and you will need comrades.

Finally in facing life and evil, I leave you with the Lord’s words:

” … let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Mt: 5:16

Shalom.

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