The evil one is pleased with sadness and melancholy
because he himself is sad and melancholy and will be so for all eternity.
Hence, he desires that every one should be like himself.
Frances de Sales
The way to ‘victory’ is not in trying to overcome your dispiriting emotions directly but in building a deeper sense of safety and at-homeness and a more incarnate knowledge that you are deeply loved.
May Christ, the true, the only light banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.
… to all of these emotions— fear, insecurity, false-confidence, despair, worry—
we must preach the gospel.
We must tell ourselves, daily,
that there is nothing we could do that would make God love us more
and nothing we have done makes Him love us less,
and His love is perfectly in control of our lives.
This man beside us also has a hard fight with an unfavouring world,
with strong temptations,
with doubts and fears,
with wounds of the past which have skinned over,
but which smart when they are touched.
It is a fact, however surprising.
And when this occurs to us
we are moved to deal kindly with him,
to bid him be of good cheer,
to let him understand that we are also fighting a battle;
we are bound not to irritate him,
nor press hardly upon him.