Editor’s note: Students of Carroll Kuemper Catholic High School were asked to select any article from The Catholic Globe and write a synopsis expressing their interpretation. Many chose the article in the editorial on Temptation by Dr. Donald DeMarco in the Feb. 8, 2018 edition. Here are some representative insights.
Dr. Donald DeMarco’s “Lead Us Not into Temptation” explains temptation in a way that enlightens the Catholic Globe’s readers. Temptation, known as a desire for something that is not good, is an issue thataeffects humans every day. God granted all people free will so that everyone receives the right to decide if they would like to do good or to turn away from his will. Temptation means wanting or choosing to use the gift of free will for one’s own desires.
Dr. DeMarco’s article discusses two types of temptation, temptation of solicitation and temptation of probation. Temptation of solicitation is the invitation of temptation into our lives. The temptation of probation proves a person’s fidelity to God with a trial, or a test of faith. Trials can commonly be overlooked and thought to be just a temptation. Trials are opportunities to prove your faithfulness to God, but this does not mean that there is not an opportunity for failure. Temptation and trials teach people that they need to rely on God. Ultimately, temptation is not only a negative want, it is also test from God to prove your dedication to him.
Amber Miller, Carroll
The article clarifies temptation as two separate elements: “the temptation of probation” and “the temptation of solicitation.” Today in society, the main form of temptation that is publicized is “the temptation of solicitation” because society teaches that there is no true truth except for your own beliefs.
Society decorates temptation with beauty. Humans directly or indirectly choose the temptation out of the pleasure. They believe the temptation is an invitation rather than an opportunity to recognize God’s presence. When a person falls into the temptation, they are blindsided by pride and materialized love. They do not see the truth, but the greed of pleasure.
God does not want a person to fall to these disguised temptations. He wants the world to open their eyes to mature spirituality. The trials that He puts people through are difficult, but they are necessary in maturing their relationship with God. The two temptations that humans go through may be difficult, but they can open their hearts to the authentic beauty to God’s love.
Amber Mohr, Sac City, Iowa
Dr. DeMarco put into perspective the whole idea of temptation, stating “even the saints wrestle with temptation.” We as humans all must deal with the temptations. The first being temptations that God himself sends us.
Dr. DeMarco explained how we need to prove ourselves to God and show our fidelity to him. The challenges and trials God puts us through are to better us for what is to come. The second temptation is when someone invites temptation in them self. This person is allowing temptation to take over them and have control. The trials God is putting us in are opportunities for us to challenge ourselves and keep us faithful to God.
Dr. DeMarco explained the point of falling and how we need to show our willingness of ourselves to God. People must rely on God more than on themselves. We need to accept the grace God has given us in accordance with His will.
Bailee Irlbeck, Arcadia, Iowa
Insightful and observant, the article written by Dr. DeMarco presents an interesting take on the subject of temptation. Throughout the article, it is understood that there are two types of temptation present in modern society. The godly temptations that we face are critical in maintaining our relationship with God and strengthening our spiritual maturity.
This type of temptation is better thought of as a trial that we must face to further our spiritual journey. Conversely, the other type of temptation that we face is chosen directly, and always leads to sin. It is a situation led by human intentions, and often mistaken for the trials sent by God. One begins to wonder how to distinguish between the two types of temptation.
The answer is simple. Ultimately, trials bring joy, while temptations bring death. It is easy to confuse these two temptations because they are both tests. Sometimes we think suffering is caused by God, when instead Satan causes the suffering. Looking towards the source of a temptation will aide in determining the type. God wishes for us to face trials, so we may grow in our spiritual journey with him, while Satan is the source of temptation and destruction.
Andrea Gehling, Breda, Iowa
I believe “Lead us Not into Temptation” is a great article explaining the difference between a temptation and a trial. In the article, Dr. DeMarco explains how a temptation is something that “God does not introduce to us,” and that it is something that “we ourselves choose, directly or indirectly.” A trial, however, is something that God introduces to us and is usually a test for us and is a way for us to increase our faith in him.
The article applies to all three modes of persuasion: logos, ethos and pathos. It applies to logos because of how it is explained in the article that a trial is logically from God and can increase our faith in him if it is completed. It applies to ethos because of the italics at the very end of the article where it mentions Dr. DeMarco’s credentials. It also applies to pathos through its mentioning of Job and his numerous trials and tribulations he faced. Overall, throughout the entire article, I believe it was well-written and put together.
Colin Johnson, Arcadia, Iowa
Is there really a difference between trials and temptations? In Dr. Demarco’s compelling article, he explains how we often mistake trials for temptations and vice versa. As human beings striving for perfection, we often see temptations as punishments from God.
Temptations are not of God. Temptations are purely self-induced and only arises when we welcome it into our lives. God gave us free will, which provides us the capacity to give in to temptation. We can ask God to help steer us away from temptation, although it is not his work.
Trials, which are often mistaken as temptations, are the direct work of God. He sends us these trials, so we can grow in spiritual maturity. With trials and temptations, we often find ourselves asking why. Why does God cause me to suffer? Why does God want me to be in pain?
The truth is, God does not want us to suffer. He sends us trials to help us learn to lean on him with faith. Dr. DeMarco reminds us that we must ask for God’s help to resist temptations and to conquer the trials he provides.
Cassidy Christensen, Glidden, Iowa
There it sits upon the countertop, a decadently-frosted chocolate cupcake. It sits there almost tauntingly shouting, “Eat me. Eat me!” This is a simplified form of temptation.
Upon reading Dr. Donald DeMarco’s writing seen in the newspaper this week, it got the wheels of my mind turning for the season of Lent. Lent is a season of resisting temptation through the act fasting and other means. I found Dr. DeMarco’s statement, “It is the temptation that we ourselves choose, directly or indirectly,” exceptionally thought-provoking.
Until this point, I had not personally thought about this concept as temptation is usually regarded as something we are not in control of. Truly, temptation is something that we determine for ourselves and with the Lenten season, I think it is exceptionally important to understand that piece. Dr. DeMarco did a great job re-iterating the fact that our trials and temptations don’t define us, but our response does. How we respond to temptation will always matter more than the temptation itself. Throughout the Lenten season and life in general, it is crucial that we are responding in ways that please both ourselves and God as that is how true happiness is found.
Draven Haefs, Carroll, Iowa
When we hear the word “temptation,” it immediately prompts the recollection of a negative connotation. If we accept temptation as a “bad” thing, why would God lead us into temptation?
Dr. DeMarco posed this same question before expounding upon the idea of two different forms of temptation, temptation that God sends us and temptation we bring upon ourselves. I was quite intrigued by this concept, curious as to why God would purposefully put us through this temptation, the “temptation of probation.” But DeMarco illustrated how we must overcome such temptation, or trials, to prove ourselves worthy to God.
This painted the picture in my mind that temptations are obstacles we must conquer to reach our goal of eternal happiness with God. It made me feel as though these trials were an excellent chance to strengthen our relationship with God. The other side of temptation, however, does not have as “happy” of a significance. DeMarco incites a bit of fear whilst describing the “temptation of solicitation.” This temptation is defined as being brought upon oneself, which may ultimately lead to our demise if we do not make the right decisions.
Katie Bowden, Carroll, Iowa
Dr. DeMarco’s article about temptation was very insightful and informative, and appealed to the logical sides of the readers. I especially enjoyed the piece about the two sides of temptation; the trials God gives us, and the temptation we bring upon ourselves.
The trials God gives to his people present us with opportunities to shine, but they also are opportunities to fail, which most people choose to focus on failure. Many people hide from these trials and cower, while others take these trials and use them to grow in their faith. Even if you fail, God forgives and gives grace even when you have failed. The other side of temptation is what we bring upon ourselves, and this is the darker side of temptation.
Dr. DeMarco talked about how we ask God to “lead us not into temptation,” but we should be asking God to help us make good decisions in the eyes of temptation. People tend to see temptation as an opportunity to fall, but as Dr. DeMarco said, temptation is also an opportunity to come out of our hole and triumph over darkness.
Dawson McDermott, Breda, Iowa
Prior to reading Dr. Donald DeMarco’s article “Lead us not into temptation,” the distinction between trial and temptation had never been a topic of importance in conversation or thought. DeMarco supported his explanation with credible quotes, excerpts from sacred Scripture, and a writing style that unveiled his claims through a logical process. His words triggered a train of thought that allowed me to examine how these subjects are applicable to my life.
Through the Catholic education I have received at Kuemper and my own ambition for understanding my faith, I appreciate the fact that God bestows humanity with trials as an opportunity and invitation for us to mature spiritually. I have been able to identify many of my teenage hardships as trials from God, and I find comfort in the guidance that God offers through these challenges.
I have learned from this article that human pride and self-sufficiency lead us into welcoming temptation of our choice, which we often misinterpret as being from God. One takeaway I have from DeMarco’s piece is the critical need to lessen the reliance of ourselves and increase our trust in God.
Kayla Venner, Arcadia, Iowa
I really like Dr. Donald DeMarco’s piece about how temptation can affect our lives. He brought a new light to the subject, highlighting the fact that it can be a good aspect of our lives and how we can use it for a good thing.
He started off by pointing out the two different types of temptation, solicitation and probation. Probation helps us grow stronger as we move forward and gives us confidence when we repel the weak temptation.
This shows us that we have more power than we think and can resist temptation with some simple mental strength. Temptation of solicitation differs in the fact that it is accepted by the human, we welcome it, and it makes us weaker.
Father Remler also tells us not to confuse trials with temptation. Trials are difficult periods of our life that may tempt us to sin but are not necessarily accompanied with temptation. He also points out that trials can be beneficial because, like temptations, it can be avoided and give us strength for the future.
Thomas Evans, Mount Carmel, Iowa