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Mark 7: 20-23

But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles.

From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.

All these evils come from within and they defile.

 

The Battle Is Within

Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies.

–St. Ambrose


What takes place in our hearts and in our spiritual lives is the most important battle going on in the world today.

–Archbishop Michael Mulhall (homily, August 2021)