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Temptation and evil are parts of life. We pray in this petition that God will guard us from its disastrous effects and help us stand against it. Unfortunately many of us follow the example of the majority of people and follow the path of least resistance. We yield. In the lake of life, we are Brown Trout rather than Coho Salmon. Several years ago a parishioner took me fishing on the Bay of Green Bay. We trolled for two types of fish: trout and salmon. It did not take me long to realize that I did not need to wait to get the fish in the boat before I knew what I had hooked. The fish were as different as night and day in how they acted once they were hooked. The Brown Trout gave up and allowed you to reel them in to their fate. The Coho Salmon fought with every once of strength. When we pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” we are asking God to enable us to follow the example of the salmon—and Jesus.

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