In effect, one of the most common strategies of the devil in his efforts to distance us from God and to slow our spiritual progress is to attempt to cause the loss of our interior peace. Here is what Dom Lorenzo Scupoli…who was highly esteemed by Saint Francis de Sales, said: “ The devil does his utmost to banish peace from one’s heart, because he knows that God abides in peace and it is in peace that He accomplishes great things. ” ( Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Father Jacques Philippe)
I’m ending 2017 with a small amount of unexpected optimism. As I wrote last week , conservatives are actually winning the GOP civil war. Trump’s polices aren’t nationalist populist but rather conventional and conservative. Roy Moore’s loss is a loss for the worst elements of the Republican Party. There’s good reason to believe that after the Trump storm passes the GOP’s conservative core will remain. I know there’s trouble on the horizon in the midterm elections, and Trump’s character and temperament have proven to be worse than I feared, but the transformation of the GOP into a Trump/Bannon vehicle for white identity politics and malignant nationalism has been bitterly and often successfully opposed from within the GOP — and that’s a very good thing indeed.