Maybe you think you’re doing pretty well in your faith. That’s when you need to be even humbler, says St. Ignatius of Antioch—otherwise the devil will attack you through your pride.
I have great knowledge of God, but I restrain myself. I don’t want to perish through boasting. And even if I were confirmed in things that have to do with God, yet then it would be good for me to be even more fearful, and not listen to those who vainly puff me up. For those who commend me scourge me.
It’s true, I do desire to suffer, but I don’t know if I’m worthy to do so. For this longing, though not many can see it, attacks me...