Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sniffing Temptation

On the spirit of temptation, a hermit said, "You should be like a man walking along the street past an inn, and sniffing the smell of meat frying or roasting. Anyone who likes goes in and eats. People who do not want it, pass by and only sniff the smell.

"So you ought to put the smell away from you; get up and pray, 'Lord, Son of God, help me.' Do this against all temptations. We cannot make temptations vanish, but we can struggle against them."

At once a light appeared in his heart.

~~An Old Inn Kitchen, 1922, by Frederick William Elwell (1870-1958)

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