Praised be Jesus and Mary!
(Some friends inspired and encouraged me to start writing again. They’re successful. I am back.)
One moment, I was reflecting about temptations and sins. And then, out of the blue, I was thinking about taekwondo. Then, I ended up applying self defense principles when it comes to sin.
In self-defense, I learned that the first step was either to block or to get out of the way.
Okay! Let’s apply these principles in defending against temptations.
Let’s use a punch as an example. When you start defense with a block, you are somehow receiving the attack in a way that it won’t hurt you. There might be little pain from the impact. We need to know how to handle it.
If we talk about temptation, this is when temptation already hits us. This is when we have no choice but to face it. It might be difficult. We need to learn how to handle it, how to not get hurt or die. Remember, sin=death.
An example which is very timely this Lent is fasting and abstinence. When surrounded by people who are neither fasting nor abstaining, it could get difficult. We need to block the blow from friends sitting beside us eating something we cannot eat. We need to block the temptation when we pass by a restaurant and smell the roasted meat from inside. Resist! Fight the temptation head on. And win! 🙂
2. GET OUT OF THE WAY.
Ah! This is the best! Even in self-defense, getting out of the way means that there will be no impact.
In life, this is what it means by the line in the prayer after confession “to avoid the occasion of sin”.
For instance, avoiding excessive or unnecessary physical contact with the opposite gender will help fight the temptation to think or act with lust.
In self defense, you can only block or get out of the way properly only after training and practicing the move regularly over and over again. It may be difficult at first, but the body will eventually adapt and learn the move.
In life, we need to always pray everyday. This is one of the ways to get in touch with the Lord, which will give us strength to fight temptations.
And, when we resist temptations, we need to do it again and again.
For example: Refusing to download/save/use pirated music, movies, books and softwares is difficult only at first. I’ve experienced that before. It was very difficult to delete my music collection. But, after teaching myself everyday to choose to save my soul, it is not as difficult anymore. I just tell myself that if I cannot afford it, I don’t need it. If I really want a book, music, movie or software, I need to go and buy it, or borrow or rent it from the library, or not use it at all.
That’s all for now.
Have a blessed Lent.
Kristine G. Veneracion