“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]” 1 John 3:1-2
2 Corinthians: The Church Victorious in Weakness Sermon Thirty.
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“An ancient story from the fourth century tells of inexperienced demons finding great difficulty in tempting a godly hermit. They lured him with every manner of temptation, but he could not be enticed. Frustrated, the imps returned to Satan and recited their plight. He responded that they had been far too hard on the monk. ‘Send him a message,’ he said, ‘that his brother has just been made bishop of Antioch. Bring him good news.’ Mystified by the devil’s advice, the demons nevertheless returned and dutifully reported the wonderful news to the hermit. And, in that very instant, he fell—into deep, wicked jealousy.
How true this is to human experience! As St. John of the Cross put it: ‘As far as envy is concerned, many experience displeasure when they see others in possession of spiritual goods. They feel sensibly hurt because others surpass them on the road, and they resent it when others are praises’ (The Seven Deadly Sins, 79)” (Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome, 100).