Temptation

by Lorenzo Piccoli


Another article I read today was a political piece by Eugenio Scalfari. The first paragraph (my translation from Italian) is not what you usually expect from a political op-ed. The subject doesn’t really matter, at the end.

He is not a saint, but a good Catholic yes, he is. He knows the precepts of the Church and knows that the saints defy the temptation to test their skills. Usually they resist the lure of the tempter who is the spirit of the earth, that is Lucifer, or whatever you call the fallen angel. Even Jesus challenged the devil retreating to the desert for forty days. But for him it was easy to defeat him: he was the son of God, or so he believed to be.

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