The cross of Christ forces us to choose sides, to reorder our
priorities. It also transforms our personal crosses and gives us
hope: We have on our side someone who is victorious over all
enemies, all powers and principalities.
St. Leonard said, “Impress on yourself this great truth: Even
if all hell’s devils come after you to tempt you, you won’t sin
unless you want to—provided that you don’t trust in your own
powers, but in the assistance of God. He doesn’t refuse help to
those who ask it with a lively faith.” God offers us all the help
we need in this life, if we avail ourselves of it.