EVIL MAY BE ON THE RISE, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO SHIELD ONESELF AND IN HOLINESS DEFEAT IT
Evil is best defeated through humility. There’s no sting when you have ridded yourself of "self."
That doesn’t mean you’re supposed to lose your dignity, or neglect your needs.
It means you’re to place all of God’s needs above yours and the needs of others on a par with your own; such renders evil harmless.
When there is love, faith, and humility, there is actually a "glow" around you. It is the bubble of protection. It's the radiation of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps, it is the reflection of an angel. It envelops those who emulate Christ and forms around their beings like molding on a painting, like a museum’s sublime backlighting. Such is represented as a halo.
The more we conform to the desires of Christ, the more glory He sends around us. That comes with a sense of well-being, which is contact with God through love.
With the touch of His favor is also a sharper intuition. We’re more perceptive. We see with a new clarity. Where sin and evil cloud our ability to choose wisely, holiness leads to wisdom. Where before we saw only a murky picture of the world (if we "saw" anything), we now view the spiritual landscape and avoid dangers.
Our spiritual blinders are lifted and the God of signs sends more of them. Call them "signal grace." We receive confirmations.
This happens when God has responded to humility and the person has been patient with firm faith in the outcome to the end (along with resignation that if it’s not in God’s Will, it won’t happen). We must know how to go with the flow; as Sirach says, we should not try to stand against a raging stream and to avoid that we have to know where the flow is going (which requires watchfulness).
When Christ said we could move mountains with faith, perhaps -- just perhaps -- He was talking...continue reading by clicking on link above