Temptation, Sin, Satan, and Suffering


If one were to consider how much Jesus has suffered, one would not commit the smallest sin.
Saint Gianna Molla

Expect temptation to your last breath.
Saint Anthony the Great

Sufferings gladly borne for others convert more people than sermons.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke

Jesus, like any good fisherman, first catches the fish; then He cleans them.
Mark Potter

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.
Charles Baudelaire

We’re sinaholics.
Matt Molko

The only power the devil has is the power we give him.

The worst prison would be a closed heart.
Saint John Paul the Great

Only saints can save the world. And only our own sins can stop us from being saints.
Peter Kreeft

You have to cross the cross to get to Heaven.
Lizzie McCracken

You have an evil twin who is always with you. He is called your ego.
Peter Kreeft

All the darkness of the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
Saint Francis of Assisi

Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake.
Saint John Bosco

Sin is the assassin of the soul.
Saint John Vianney

Sin makes you stupid.
Mark Shea

We often have to choose between what is right and what is easy.
Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter series

What starts in your head eventually comes out of your mouth.

Always be doing something worthwhile; then the devil will always find you busy.
Saint Jerome

The principle trap that the devil sets for young people is idleness.
Saint John Bosco

Idleness is the enemy of the soul.
Saint Anselm

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

One of the most common ways people justify sin is by saying “Everyone else is doing it”.

Don’t waste your suffering.
Saint John Paul the Great

Love unites. Sin divides.

Only those who do not fight are never wounded.
Saint John Chrysostom

The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Suffering without Christ just hurts. But suffering with Christ can transform the world.
Father Mike Schmitz

Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and take more than you were ever willing to give.

Much suffering in hospitals is wasted.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

One of the best things that could ever happen to us would be if all of our sins were broadcast on the six o’clock news.

Hide nothing from your confessor… a sick man can be cured only by revealing his wounds.
Saint Margaret of Cortona

The Lord is more anxious to forgive our sins than a woman is to carry her baby out of a burning building.
Saint John Vianney

We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.
Saint Teresa of Ávila

We will either accuse ourselves or excuse ourselves.
Saint John Vianney

Satan always tempts the pure – the others are already his.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Satan stations more devils on monastery walls than in the dens of iniquity, for the latter offer no resistance.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

When God forgives a sinner who humbly confesses his sin, the devil loses his dominion over the heart he had taken.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

If this is what you want, so do I.
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano (spoken after being diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a very painful bone cancer)

Mary, I give you my heart. Always keep it yours. Jesus, Mary, always be my friends. I beg you, let me die rather than be so unfortunate as to commit a single sin.
Saint Dominic Savio

That conversation… was as dirty as a sewer! It is not enough for you to take no part in it. You must show your repugnance for it strongly!
Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Evil can only win if you let evil in.
Emmalyn Elsen

The life of each and every one of us has been written. The crucifix is my autobiography. The blood is the ink. The nails the pen. The skin the parchment. On every line of that body I can trace my life. In the crown of thorns I can read my pride. In the hands that are dug with nails, I can read avarice and greed. In the flesh hanging from him like purple rags, I can read my lust. In feet that are fettered, I can find the times that I ran away and would not let him follow. Any sin that you can think of is written there.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

One clue that you’re doing something wrong is when you start spending a lot of time trying to convince yourself that what you’re doing is right.
Crystalina Evert

Occupy your mind with good thoughts, or the enemy will fill them with bad ones.
Saint Thomas More

Let the enemy rage at the gate; let him knock, pound, scream, howl; let him do his worst. We know for certain that he cannot enter our soul except by the door of our consent.
Saint Francis de Sales

The devil is like a rabid dog tied to a chain; beyond the length of the chain he cannot seize anyone. And you: keep at a distance. If you approach too near, you let yourself be caught. Remember that the devil has only one door by which to enter the soul: the will.
Saint Padre Pio

Just as the commander of an army pitches his camp, studies the strength and defenses of a fortress, and then attacks it on its weakest side, in like manner, the enemy of our human nature studies from all sides our theological, cardinal, and moral virtues. Wherever he finds us weakest and most in need regarding our eternal salvation, he attacks and tries to take us by storm.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola

After every temptation you will be either closer to God or further from Him.
Jason Evert

The sign of the cross is the most terrible weapon against the devil. Thus the Church wishes not only that we have it continually in front of our minds to recall to us just what our souls are worth and what they cost Jesus Christ, but also that we should make it at every juncture ourselves: when we go to bed, when we awaken during the night, when we get up, when we begin any action, and, above all, when we are tempted.
Saint John Vianney

Flee idleness… for no one is more exposed to such temptations than he who has nothing to do.
Saint Robert Bellarmine

If only we could see the joy of our guardian angel when he sees us fighting our temptations!
Saint John Vianney

One who has the habit of unclean speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.
Saint John Vianney

At this point I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love.
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano (spoken as she was dying of osteogenic sarcoma, a very painful bone cancer)

Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.
Saint John of the Cross

Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because he’s trying to change your heart.

In every good testimony is a test.

Jesus didn’t suffer so we wouldn’t have to suffer. He suffered so that we would know how to suffer.
Jason Evert

Must you continue to be your own cross?
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

What does not kill me makes me stronger.
Friedrich Nietzsche

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C.S. Lewis

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.
C.S. Lewis

He did not say: You will not be troubled – you will not be tempted – you will not be distressed. But He did say: “You will not be overcome”.
Saint Julian of Norwich

My key to heaven is that I loved Jesus in the night.
Blessed Mother Teresa

We follow a guy who was hated, mocked, tortured, imprisoned, and killed… Should we expect anything less?

Sin starts and ends with you.
Jack Trembath

If you are going to worship a guy who was crucified, don’t expect life to be pop and Skittles.
Mark Shea

You can’t do God’s work without suffering.
Blessed Mother Teresa

You can kill us, but you can’t hurt us.
Saint Justin Martyr

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to Heaven.
Saint Rose of Lima

The biggest sin of our day is indifference.
Tim Staples

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
Elie Wiesel

I wonder maybe if our Lord suffers more from our indifference than he did from the Crucifixion.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.

If people throw stones at you, pick ‘em up and build something.

God didn’t give you the strength to get back on your feet so that you can run back to the same thing that knocked you down.
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First we invite sin into our house, then sin stays as a guest, and then sin makes us a slave.

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

If you’re a baptized Christian, the only thing the devil can do to you is scare you, tempt you, or discourage you.
Father Mike Schmitz

If you are anxious and despairing and worried, here is my advice: Get a crucifix.
Elizabeth Scalia

Your threats do not terrify us, for Christ is our life, and death is our gain.
Saints Crispin and Crispinian (spoken to Emperor Maximus before their martyrdom)

Make friends with pain and you’ll never be alone.

If you find yourself with a cross you find yourself with Jesus.
Father Mike Schmitz

Suffering can make you bitter, but it can also make you better.
Chris Stefanick

There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us.
Saint John Paul the Great

A catty remark often has more lives than a cat.

‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.
William Shakespeare

You really want to undo the devil? Thank God for allowing you to sin. You now have a blindingly obvious opportunity to call upon His mercy.
Marc Barnes

Every time we judge our brother in our hearts or worse when we speak badly of them with others, we are murdering Christians.
Pope Francis

Sin is like chocolate covered feces.

The devil will distract us to death – if we let him.

Lions can eat my body, but they can’t swallow my soul.
Lost and Found, from the song “Lions”

We are born on a battlefield.

Sin is like an earthquake: It shakes our foundation and leaves damage behind.
Chloe Dobbs

Where there is division, there is sin.
Origen of Alexandria

Fatherhood has taught me when it’s too quiet my kids are usually sinning. God the Father knows the same. Are you praying?
Mark Hart

This generation, and many others, have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil… But the devil exists and we must fight against him.
Pope Francis

Sin is the cancer of the soul.

So many say, “I’m so embarrassed by my anger, lust, and gluttony.” But we ought to be embarrassed by our pride more than anything else.
Father Mike Schmitz

It is easier to get rid of one’s religion than to get rid of one’s sins.
Dale Ahlquist

Sometimes we forget that sin really is optional.
Mark Hart

We are the archenemy of our own salvation, and the Shepherd must fight first of all with us – for us.
Romano Guardini

It is the disease of cowards, who do not have the courage to speak upfront and so talk behind one’s back… Watch out against the terrorism of gossip!
Pope Francis

If the heart is hardened, the intellect is darkened.
Mark Hart

Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person! It is so terrible to gossip! At first it may seem like a nice thing, even amusing, like enjoying a candy. But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and even poisons us.
Pope Francis

Jesus never promised us freedom from suffering. He promised us His presence with us in our suffering.
Chris Stefanick

Every time we give in to selfishness and say “No” to God, we spoil His loving plan for us.
Pope Francis

Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, His response is that of an accompanying presence.
Pope Francis

The cross is the way to Paradise, but only when it is borne willingly.
Saint Paul of the Cross

As the pilot of a vessel is tried in the storm; as the wrestler is tried in the ring, the soldier in the battle, and the hero in adversity: so is the Christian tried in temptation.
Saint Basil the Great

Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings. For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters? The evil speaker eats the flesh of his brother and bites the body of his neighbor.
Saint John Chrysostom

Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife.
Saint Leo the Great

Trials help us detach ourselves from the earth; they make us look higher than this world.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Let us love the Cross and let us remember that we are not alone in carrying it. God is helping us. And in God who is comforting us, as St. Paul says, we can do anything.
Saint Gianna Molla

What’s the point of sinning when you could be grinning?
Drew Walser

Pain is never permanent.
Saint Teresa of Ávila

Although boredom isn’t as painful or horrible like being in a state of suffering, it can be spiritually more dangerous, for at least suffering offers a type of mirror, reflecting back to us that we’re really here—that we’re alive.
Chris Hazell

Maybe if we said that sin causes cancer, people would take it more seriously.
Mark Hart

The cross is a plus sign which God wants to use to add you to His Kingdom.
Elise Pearson

The devil doesn’t sit idly by while you seek God. If you’re pursuing Christ, the enemy is pursuing you.
Mark Hart

When God went to the cross he made even death itself a place of hope.
Father Robert Barron

The best answer to the problem of evil is not one so much found on paper but on wood.
Peter Kreeft

The cross is the gift God gives to his friends.
Saint Philip Neri

The solution to our suffering is our suffering!
Peter Kreeft

God is not unmoved or unaffected by our suffering. In fact, he is so familiar with it that he even allowed us to use our freedom to kill him. Why would he do that? Because it is the same freedom that you and I are able to use at this very moment to love him.
Father Mike Schmitz

It’s because of Good Friday that we know the grave doesn’t get the final word.
Chris Stefanick

If you want to love God better, hate sin more.
Mark Hart

Jesus didn’t suffer so that we wouldn’t have to. He suffered so that we would know how to.
Chris Stefanick

Bob Dylan said, “The executioner’s face is always well-hidden”. That’s the problem: The cross pulls that hood off.
Father Robert Barron

Your wounds are oftentimes God’s access points.
Father Mike Schmitz

Your wounds should never dictate your worth.
Father Mike Schmitz

The money to buy souls is suffering.
Father Jean C. J. d’Elbée

Be ashamed when you sin, not when you repent.
Saint John Chrysostom

A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor.

Everything we have – every blessing, every talent – is a gift from our Father. The only thing that’s all ours is our sin.
Mark Hart

What did all the saints have in common? They feared sin more than even physical death.
Mark Hart

God loves us too much to pretend our sin isn’t there. Sin is a cancer and Christ the surgeon. True prayer signs the consent form.
Mark Hart

The commandments are a gift, not a curse. Sin is less about breaking the rules and more about breaking the Father’s heart.
Mark Hart

Jesus has many lovers of the heavenly kingdom but few bearers of His cross.
Thomas à Kempis

The devil’s boots don’t creak.
Scottish proverb

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

The problem with “cafeteria Catholicism” is that the first thing we don’t want to take from the buffet is always the cross, and if we don’t take the cross we have already lost Christianity.

Much of Satan’s time is spent trying to make you remember what God has already forgotten. Reconcile, rejoice, and look forward.
Mark Hart

The difference between just going through suffering and offering up your suffering is as big as Jesus’ wingspan.
Will Becker

If your sin feels “too big,” your vision of God is too small.
Mark Hart

Evil may have its hour, but God will have His day.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Sometimes my worst day – one filled with pain and suffering – in the eyes of God, is my best day if I’ve born it cheerfully and I’ve born it with love.
Mother Angelica

Only in eternity shall we see the beauty of the soul, and only then shall we realize what great things were accomplished by interior suffering.
Mother Angelica

The devil wants you to forget: 1) Who you are and 2) What you were made for. You are a child of God and you were made for Heaven.
Jackie Francois

There is no cross, big or small, in our life which the Lord does not share with us.
Pope Francis

Somebody once asked the great evangelist, D. L. Moody, why he kept praying for the filling of the Holy Spirit. He said, “Madam, I leak.”

The devil knows your name but he calls you by your sins. God knows your sins but He calls you by your name.
Jason Evert

If you neglect to instruct your children in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness?
John Flavel

When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.
Saint John Bosco

The devil has a target on your back.

Idleness is the devil’s workshop.

First, the devil uses his finger to beckon you closer to him. Then as soon as you sin, he wags his finger at you.

We spend the first-half of our lives wrestling with the sixth commandment and the last-half of our lives wrestling with the fifth commandment: Thou shalt not kill! Long before anyone is shot by a gun, he is shot by a word, and before he is shot by a word, he is shot by a thought. We all think murderous thoughts: Who does he think he is? And it becomes harder and harder not to think them as we age.
Father Ron Rolheiser

Fame is like a narcotic. It leaves you wanting more wealth, pleasure, power, and approval. It’s a setup for addiction when God’s not in your life.

What punishments of God are not gifts?
J.R.R. Tolkien

Don’t just give God your best. Give Him your worst.
Father Mike Schmitz

Our enemy, the devil, who fights with us in order to vanquish us, seeks to disunite us in our houses, and to breed quarrels, dislikes, contests and rivalries because while we are fighting with each other, he comes and conquers us and makes us more securely his own.
Saint Philip Neri

We are generally the carpenters of our own crosses.
Saint Philip Neri

That we are generally the carpenters of our own crosses is a truth sadly easier to recognize in others than in ourselves.
Saint Philip Neri

Gossiping is like terrorism because the person who gossips is like a terrorist who throws a bomb and runs away… With their tongue they are destroying and not making peace.
Pope Francis

Grace doesn’t tickle. It’s not a walk in the park. It can be a very dire business because the Lord has to break through your sin.
Bishop Robert Barron

Division is one of the devil’s favorite tools in his toolbox.
Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble

A man is a slave to whatever he cannot part with that is less than himself.
George MacDonald

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