Excerpt from The Ave Maria, Vol. 43: A Catholic Family Magazine; July-December, 1896
Only for a brief space, however, was Simon left to enjoy his quiet retreat. A furious storm of temptation, raised by. The enemy of souls, ere long burst forth and raged with extreme violence, threat cuing to overwhelm him. His conscience reproached him with having left home by stealth, and thus exposing his brother, whose hatred to him was well known, to the charge of having murdered him. Satan next worked in such a manner upon his imagination and senses that he fancied he saw his mother full of the deepest grief, because she believed her eldest son to have become a second Cain. At a later period of his life, after he had entered the Carmelite Order, he told some of his brethren in religion that he had been on the point of yielding to this painful temptation, and had only been enabled to resist it by the assistance of our Blessed Lady.
The resources of the evil spirit are, however, without end. He caused the Saint to endure terrible interior trials: scruples, doubts as to the prudence of the life he was leading, dread lest in his solitude he should die without the last rites of Holy Church. But the remem brance of the saintly hermits whom God called to dwell in the desert restored tranquillity to his spirit. He was not long left in peace. Enraged at these repeated defeats, Satan threw oﬂ his disguises. He recalled, with startling clearness, to the mind of the recluse all the corrupt con versation he had heard from his elder brother's mouth, the lawless desires and brutish passions the latter had striven to awaken in him. Simon redoubled his prayers and penances, and at length found himself freed from his ruthless tormentor.
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