It's easy to get discouraged as time passes when we think we will be growing in our resistance to the devil and all his works and we fall: but we learn from our Carmelite teachers (and of course from Scripture) that the devil doesn't like us growing spiritually - so he will quite likely redouble his assaults if he sees signs of that. One of the readings at Night Prayer tells us that he prowls around like a roaring lion, and that is certainly my own experience. But it does encourage me to think that if he continues to pester me with bad thoughts, that is actually itself a sign that he is worried about me.
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