(ANSA) - Vatican City, February 18 - Resisting temptation is
only possible "when listening to the Word of Jesus," Pope
Francis said at a Mass in his Vatican hostel St Martha's House
Despite our weaknesses, Christ always gives us the necessary
confidence to withstand it, Francis said.
"Temptation manifests itself as a harmless attraction and
ends up turning into a cage. Rather than trying to escape, more
often we try to minimize the slavery, being deaf to the Word of
God," said the pope.
A temptation "looks for another to keep it company, it is
contagious" and "in growing, in being contagious, the temptation
closes us in in an environment where you can't get out easily.
"And so, when we are tempted, we do not hear the Word of
God, we don't hear. We don't understand.
"When we are tempted, only the Word of God, the Word of
Jesus saves us, hearing that Word that opens the horizon... He
is always willing to teach us how to escape from temptation. And
Jesus is great because He not only brings us out of temptation,
but gives us more confidence".
This confidence, the pope said, is "a great strength when we
are tempted: the Lord waits for us... trusts us who are so
tempted, who are sinners... He always opens horizons".
On the other hand, Pope Francis said, the devil, "with
temptation, closes, closes, closes".
And not to be "imprisoned" by this type of environment, he
concluded, is possible only "when listening to the Word of