(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 38-39)
"Therefore let any one who thinks that
he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation
has overtaken you that is not common to man.
God is faithful, and he will not let you
be tempted beyond your strength, but with
the temptation will also provide the way
of escape, that you may be able to endure
The temptations of false virtue,
Bewitch the well-intentioned heart;
Self-satisfaction is a clue,
Perfection's not reached at the start.
Virtues are granted and withdrawn --
Borrowed treasures that aren't possessed:
At times, held firm; at others, gone
Faithful servants strive without rest.
The false virtues, rooted in vice,
Lacking the Lord's presence and peace,
Beguile the soul and entice
It to loose heart - good works decrease.
She seeks shelter in poverty:
Clinging to truth simple and pure;
Distrusting her own piety --
Knowing only His mercy's sure.
Deliverance from temptation --
The humble heart's vindication.
May the Lord deliver us from the subtle temptations
that ensnare our souls, enlighten our paths
with His truth, and secure each of our steps
with true poverty of spirit.
1. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
(c) Paul Buis, 2004