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Does the Lord or the Evil One Guide You? A Priest's 4 Steps to Improve Your Spiritual Health

The prayer advice in this article is based directly on Fr. Robert Bolding’s homily on Luke 6:39-45:

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

I suggest listening to it directly. (Skip to minute 20.)

Father says that the starting point in understanding this passage is not the question, “How do I produce good fruit?” But rather, “How do I become the kind of tree that produces good fruit?”

The Catholic faith is about a relationship with Jesus, which then results in good actions. It is not merely a moralistic guide on how to primarily do good acts.

Furthermore, he encourages an examination of the “fruits” of your life to best determine your level of spiritual health.

Are you being guided by the Lord or by the Evil One?

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