It’s easy to dismiss the influence of the Devil when we are neck deep in our human pleasures. It begs the question, do we actually realize what we’re doing when this happens? When one begins to reflect on this question a bit further, the devil appears to be the last person we worry about because of our own self-consumption.
Blessed Cardinal Newman once said that “Faith is illuminative, not operative; it does not force obedience, though it increases responsibility; it heightens guilt, but it does not prevent sin. The will is the source of action.” When you take a moment to analyze Blessed Newman’s words, they can easily be directed toward the spiritual relationship between parent and child.
Have you ever wondered if Jesus actually believed everything He taught to those around Him? This is a question that is gaining momentum among people who wish to defend a personal position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Their method is to use Christ and somehow convince people that what He taught was an openness to embrace a golden rule of loving everyone but leaving each person to their own devices with no attempt at a genuine conversion of heart to Christ Himself.