Question: Why do the devils prevent me from doing good to my neighbour?
And the elder said to him: Don' t talk like that. Is God a liar?
Why don't you just admit that you do not want to be merciful?
God say long ago: I have given you power to thread upon serpents and scorpions and on all the forces of the enemy? So why do you not stamp down the evil spirit?
- The Wisdom of the desert Thomas Merton