This prayer reminds us of the great spiritual battle that occurs in our own Lenten desert.
The holy season of Lent is chiefly inspired by the decision of Jesus to prepare for his public ministry by first going into the desert for 40 days. While there, he engaged in a great spiritual battle with the devil, as it is narrated in the Gospels (cf. Matthew 4:1-11). The reality of Jesus’ encounter reminds us that we also have a battle to fight, and this battle is often heightened during the penitential season of Lent.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church confirms that “We are engaged in the battle ‘between flesh and spirit’” and “[s]uch a battle and such a victory become possible only through prayer. It is by his prayer that Jesus vanquishes the tempter, both at the outset of his public mission and in the ultimate struggle of his agony.”
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