Many years ago the late Michael Paul Gallagher SJ who was then Professor of Literature at UCD spoke of the power of evil in our lives. He believed that it usually behaved like a judo player who when his opponent was coming to attack, he then used that same momentum to throw him. In other words the inclination we already have towards that which not good for us is what is accentuated to bring about our downfall. To dabble in drugs whether prescribed or un-prescribed can easily lead to full-blown addiction. Thinking we can handle something, like alcohol or pornography, can easily lead to being controlled by it. To allow our thoughts to become negative and resentful towards one can result in becoming resentful to all. Where worry and fear are given a foothold very quickly all peace disappears and hope diminishes.

Fr Jim Cogley