Last Sunday, I mentioned St. John Chrysostom’s teaching on the origins of temptation. To recap, he said that, given how broken most of us are, the demons don’t have much work to do at all. We are completely capable of leading ourselves into destructive behaviors and toxic habits. In the epistle of James we read that “each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires….” (James 1:14)
To paraphrase a popular meme on social media: Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is that we’re being foolish and we’re making bad decisions.
Saint John of Kronstadt described his life like this:
“My life is a lengthy, stubborn, and constant battle with myself, a battle which I am waging at present being constantly fortified by God’s grace”