Be on your guard – the devil never rests, Pope Francis warns [CNA]

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Pope_Francis_celebrates_the_opening_Mass_of_the_2014_Extraoridinary_Synod_on_the_Family_in_St_Peters_Basilica_Oct_5_2014_Credit_Bohumil_Petrik_CNA_2_CNA_10_6_14.jpgVatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican City, Oct 10, 2014 / 06:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis encouraged faithful to guard their hearts by doing a daily examination of conscience, saying that we if we don’t, we risk letting the devil in rather than the Lord.

“Guard the heart, as a house is guarded, with a key. And then watch the heart, like a sentinel: How often do wicked thoughts, wicked intentions, jealousy, envy enter in?” the Pope asked his Oct. 10 Mass attendees.

The devil, he cautioned, “never leaves that which he wants for himself,” which are our souls.

Pope Francis began his reflections by turning to the day’s Gospel reading from Luke, Chapter 11, in which Jesus is accused of casting out demons by the power of demons, and in which he describes how when an evil spirit leaves a person, it comes back with more and makes the person worse off than before.

Satan never leaves us alone, he said, explaining that after Jesus was tempted in the desert, “the devil left Him for a time, but during the life of Jesus he returned again and again: when they put Him to the test, when they tried to trap Him, in the Passion, finally on the Cross.”

“Can you do it? Let me see!” are phrases that hit home for all of us, the Bishop of Rome noted, observing how the devil not only tempts Jesus in this way, but also each of us.

We need to guard our hearts, he said, otherwise “So many things enter in. But who has opened that door? Where do they enter from?”

“If I do not realize (how much) enters into my heart, my heart becomes a (town square), where everything comes and goes.” It becomes “A heart without intimacy, a heart where the Lord cannot speak and cannot even be heard,” the Pope explained.

He then drew attention to how in the Gospel Jesus says that “He who does not gather with me scatters,” saying that the meaning of “gather” in this sense means “To have a gathering heart, a heart in which we know what happens.”

A practice “as old as the Church, but good,” that we can perform in order to help us achieve this type of heart, he noted, is the examination of conscience.

“Who of us, at night, at the end of the day, remains by himself, by herself and asks the question: what happened today in my heart? What happened? What things have passed through my heart?” the pontiff probed, saying that if we don’t do this we fail to guard our hearts well.

To guard our heart is “a grace,” the Pope explained, because by doing it we guard not only ourselves but also the Holy Spirit who dwells inside of us.

“We know – Jesus says clearly – that the devil always returns. Even at the end of life, He, Jesus, gives us an example of this,” the Bishop of Rome pointed out. So we must be constantly attentive to what is happening in and around us.

Pope Francis concluded his homily by encouraging all to “stand in silence before ourselves and before God, and at the end of the day ask ourselves: ‘What happened today in my heart? Did anyone I don’t know enter? Is the key in its place?’”

By doing this we will defend ourselves from the wickedness of the devil, and “from that which we could do if these demons, who are very clever and at the end would cheat all of us, even if they enter.”

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Clip and save this as a reference for anyone who still thinks Pope Francis is the anti-christ. If he is (relax, I know he’s not) … Satan is tearing his hair out in hell over this treason.

This is an important communication from His Holiness. Not the kind we see in the secular press. The Pope teaching on spiritual warfare, humility, examination of conscience, and touching base with the teachings of Jesus throughout - makes for just too blase’ a news headline. Let him drop a line of warning about the excesses of Capitalism though and … wow … he’s Time’s man of the year … and supposedly the bain of Rush Limbaugh.

Being the bain of Satan, and boldly equipping the flock with spiritual armor to fight him off would be considered “not news” along the lines of “yeah, yeah, the Pope is Catholic.” :yawn: But being the bearer of the light of the world (Jesus) in this case will be more than exciting to those with the heart and mind to receive Him through Francis’ teachings.

Fortunately Our Lord never rests either and surpasses Satan’s zeal for souls. We don’t have to respond to his graces though. Or take up our crosses. Or choose the narrow road. But if we listen to his voice through the Church He founded (in this case Pope Francis) we can gain spiritual gifts and graces with eternal value. Our spiritual houses will not be broken into and overpowered. And as much as Satan tempts us (even as he did Jesus) and returns again - the Lord courts our hearts, is nearby to forgive us if we sincerely are repentant, and is preparing us a place free from the assaults we suffer here on earth as the Church Militant.

Thank you Holy Father. It is nice to hear you speak with substance through a true press. Most of the time all we get from the secular press are vague travel agendas, attendance figures, and which protest groups object loudest to your presence. :gopray2:

Francis echoes another Pope on this. The first one!

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober and vigilant.*** Your opponent the devil*** is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour.

9 Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings.

10 The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ (Jesus) will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little.

Brilliant, powerful and simple counsel; and well-put from a man who has often struggled to express himself as if choking on a torrent of ideas and feelings. This is, of course, the foundation of all “self-help” books; and was Pope John XXIII’s point in having a mirror on which was written, “KNOW THYSELF.” May the Most High enlighten the eyes of our hearts.

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