Temptations are, as one great spiritual writer has pointed out, the raw material of our glory. Whenever we resist temptation, we grow in grace – and what is there in this life, as Faber asks, more important than grace?
“Our friends were too worldly and too clever at mixing the pleasure of the world with the service of God. They scarcely gave a thought to death…. And I knew that all is fleeting that we cherish here under the sun. The only good thing is to love God with all one’s heart and to stay poor in spirit” (Saint Therese of Lisieux)