Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

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Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.

Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality.

“We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ. And what does the Spirit of Evil do, through his temptations, to distance us from the path of Jesus? The temptation of the devil has three characteristics and we need to learn about them in order not to fall into the trap. What does Satan do to distance us from the path of Jesus? Firstly, his temptation begins gradually but grows and is always growing. Secondly, it grows and infects another person, it spreads to another and seeks to be part of the community. And in the end, in order to calm the soul, it justifies itself. It grows, it spreads and it justifies itself.”

Turning to the bible, the Pope recalled how Jesus’s first temptation by Satan was almost ‘like a seduction.’ Satan told Jesus to throw himself down from the Temple so that all the people will see that he is the Messiah! And warned the Pope, when the devil is rejected, he grows and comes back stronger than before. Jesus himself noted this in the gospel when the devil went around looking for companions and with them returned to Jesus. Satan got involved with Jesus’s enemies and what seemed at first like a calm trickle of water turned into a flood of water. In this way, the temptation grows, infects others and justifies itself. As an illustration, the Pope recalled how when Jesus preached in the synagogue, his enemies belittled him by saying “but isn’t this the son of Joseph, the carpenter, the son of Mary. He never studied so with what authority can he speak?

“We have a temptation that grows: it grows and infects others. For example, let’s look at gossip: I’m a bit envious of this or that person and at first I’m just envious inside and I need to share it and go to another person and say: “But have you seen that person?’… and this gossip tries to grow and infects another and another… This is the way gossip works and all of us have been tempted to gossip! Maybe not one of you, if you’re a saint , but I too have been tempted to gossip! It’s a daily temptation. And it begins in this way, discreetly, like a trickle of water. It grows by infecting others and in the end it justifies itself.”

Pope Francis concluded by urging people to be vigilant and not to give in to that initial temptation and thus allow it to spread to others and justify itself.

“We are all tempted because the law of our spiritual life, our Christian life is a struggle: a struggle. That’s because the Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’t want us to follow Christ. Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”

oh yeah, I’m with him 100%. Satan is alive and well in the 21st century!

The devil is a reality, Pope Francis reminded worshippers at a Mass on April 11.“The devil is here, even in the 21st century,” the Pope said in his homily. "And we mustn’t be naïve, …

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Not only alive but apparently thriving :frowning:

Is it just my impression, or is Pope Francis mentioning Old Scratch far more often than his predecessors? :wink:

God Bless Pope Francis. What wonderful advice he gives.

His analogy/example of gossip is good. If one thinks about it, talking badly about another is to draw in the listener and have them agree with “your” point of view. The people involved in the conversation then begin to harbor even stronger feelings of dislike toward the intended victim, then it spreads to even more people.
Then to “justify” the gossip, the group seeks even more affirmation and it goes on and on, with whatever truth that may have been held in the initial discussion becoming more and more distorted until the victim is totally overwhelmed and demonized.

Kind of like a person who speaks out about what they see as unnatural or morally wrong. One person opposed to their view may feel hurt and lash out by talking about the person, then they get more and more people on board as they attempt to justify their own belief/behavior, and even begin drawing in members of the medical or other professions to support their own view.
Eventually the person who disagreed with them has been deemed to have some kind of bigotry or phobia.

jmt

God bless.

Wonderful! That’s something that too many people have forgotten.

A reminder that will hopefully benefit many. Thank you Pope Francis.

Pope John Paul II had a lot to say about Satan too.

True that! :thumbsup:

On this subject, I appreciate the verb “fight”.

And would have winced had he used the verb “dialogue” in its place.

The English language versions of the Pope’s words seem to be getting better lately.
Since the Evangelii Gaudium interpretation oddities that rather changed public perception of what Pope Francis had said on “The Joy of Evangelization” into “Pope Francis’ Opposition to (rather than the more accurate “warnings concerning”) Capitalism”.

Satan exists.

We should fight him.

How.

Pope Francis is of course not the first Pope to hit this nail on the head. But I’m grateful of the clear, bold, direct, unmuddy declaration the Pontiff gave here. Properly and easily understood by me in my own language.

I love a Pope who is FRANK. :ouch: - pun intended - :blushing:

Indeed he is…he seems to be kind of “screaming from the rooftop”. He sees just how alive and well Satan is in 2014, in the Church and in the world at large.

Apparently he started off that way. Altho I had not noticed this given the MMS news coverage.

The entry also has a couple of links which I want to check out, one being, I think, a link to the text the entry references.

Oh, that turned not to be the Pope’s speech but the article from which the quotes came. :o

Card. Tettamanzi’s 10 Practical Steps to Resisting the Devil

Our Lady of Fatima’s Plan: Prayer, Penance, and devotion to Our Lady’s Imaculate Heart–remember that the Blessed Virgin Mary is a most potent fighter against the Enemy!

Pope Francis is of course not the first Pope to hit this nail on the head. But I’m grateful of the clear, bold, direct, unmuddy declaration the Pontiff gave here. Properly and easily understood by me in my own language.

I love a Pope who is FRANK. :ouch: - pun intended - :blushing:

Why name him, why not say “the fallen angels”? Satan is not that powerful, certainly not omniscient, naming him adds to his glory and makes people think he’s on equal footing with God, but on the other side of the fence. He’s more like a disgusting, pathetic insect that God won’t squash for moral reasons. God knows me, my past, my name, Satan has no clue who I am.

Maybe another good way would be for as many people praying to God asking him to take away at least some of Satans abilities/ powers, If enough people are praying about one topic, I think it has a better chance of being granted…right?

Remember, ANYTHING is possible to God.

Why are the liberal religious conspicuously absent from this thread? :hmm:

The enemy has his uses; God will not take away his powers or abilities because they are part of his angelic nature.

*We *are the Church Militant. God wants *us *to fight the devil.

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