How to Face Temptation

Fr. Mike uses the classic myths involving the Sirens to explain some ways to avoid temptation. He points out the differences between the ways Ulysses, his crew, and Jason of the Argonauts dealt with the monsters and suggests we use some advice St. Paul gave to the Philippians when dealing with temptations.

  • Lindsey J Wilbur

    Hi Fr. Mike,
    I appreciate your analogy for wisdom between Ulysses and his men. The one comment I have is that the partial wisdom of Ulysses is wise only in part not merely because he wanted a taste of the sin, but because he chose to maintain a desire contrary to God’s (even though he restricted himself from acting on it). The full wisdom demonstrated by Ulysses’ men is the wisdom of aligning one’s will to the will of God. The men protected themselves from sin by seeing evil the way the the Lord does, ugly, whereas by Ulysses permitting himself the pleasure of the sin he also permitted himself to desire something that is contrary to God’s will.
    Do you think this is an accurate assessment?

    I appreciate your podcast!

    • The Ascension Team

      Lindsey, you make a great point! If you listen to the podcast audio, at about the 2:38 point, you will hear that Ulysses’ method is “not a good way” to handle temptation. the better method is to ensure that one conforms to God’s will in all that we do. However, temptation can sometimes be a slope. It is best to not venture down that slope at all, but it is a good thing to have a support system, be it based on friends or habits, that can help us if we find our way already down that slope. One should never be so presumptuous, however, to assume these support methods will work (the devil is always working to tear at our support), which is why we want to avoid the near occasion of sin.

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