Malta Minute with the Catechism: Temptations Against Prayer

  • Program #: 239
  • Description: What are some of the common temptations against prayer? The Catechism claims that the most common yet hidden temptation is lack of faith which is expressed, not so much in a declaration of disbelief, as our actual preferences. For instance, when we begin to pray, a thousand labors or cares vie for priority. This is a moment of truth for our heart. What is our heart’s true love? Do we call on the Lord just as a last resort? Or do we presumptuously call on him as an ally? In each case, the Catechism says, we have not acquired the disposition of the humble heart which remembers the Lord’s words, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” A presumptuous heart may experience the temptation of acedia; defined as spiritual depression due to lax ascetical practice, decreasing vigilance and carelessness of heart. As Jesus chastised his sleeping apostles in Gethsemane, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute With the Catechism.

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