Monday, January 31, 2011

St. John Bosco: How to Overcome Evil Inclinations

"Once a man came from a distance to ask Father [St. Joseph] Cafasso what he should do to overcome his evil inclinations. Father Cafasso’s answer was quite brief: "Subdue them." The man went away satisfied. I decided to put this advice to the test and always found it quite effective. Some people think that they can pacify evil passions by giving in to them. This is a mistake. If a man has the dropsy, the more he drinks, the thirstier he becomes. Our evil inclinations are like snarling dogs, nothing will satisfy them. The more one panders them, the more they demand. An alcoholic may think that he will satisfy his craving by getting drunk, but it will only make his craving all the stronger. Do you want to banish evil thoughts? Control your sight, taste, and hearing. Give up certain kinds of talk and books. This is the only way you will still your passions, be victorious, and enjoy peace of mind."

~ St. John Bosco ~ 


Anne said...

This is so beautiful and so moving. I need to remind myself of this counsel each and every day of my life. Thank you for your remarkable and uplifting postings! God Bless you always.

one grateful heart said...

Thanks to the Holy Spirit for His inspirations without which I wouldn't post anything! God bless you, Anne!