[quote=batteddy]Well, this is an issue that has been bugging me for a while, but I think people feeling the presence of Satan in their lives are a bit prideful.
As if Satan himself would bother with tempting them. He has legions of lesser demons, but no one ever remembers them. Whenever anyone claims to be possessed, it is always Satan the leader of the fallen angels himself. Honestly, I think a lot of the time it is just lesser demons. Satan himself cannot be involved in every evil directly like God can be with every good. We are not dualists, Satan is not the “god of evil”, he is just a fallen angel, and has many demons.
But for some reason, people always try to pin it on Satan himself.
Varous of the Saints spoke of experiences with Satan:
The Life of Saint Anthony the Abbot
He spent several years in solitude, where according to tradition he was sorely tempted by the devil. Satan assaulted him and so grievously beat him that he lay almost dead, covered with bruises and wounds. When he had recovered somewhat, though not yet able to stand, St. Anthony cried out to the devils “Behold! Here I am. Do all you are able to do against me. Nothing shall separate me from Christ my Lord.” The demons appeared and renewed the attack in the form of frightful wild beasts. He even mocked the demons ridiculing their weakness.
The Wisdom of the Desert - Chapter VI: On Humility
There were two brethren, relatives according to the flesh, and bound to each other yet more closely by the spiritual purpose of their devotion. Against them the devil laid a plot that he might separate them the one from the other. Once, towards evening, the younger of the two, as he was wont, lit their lamp and put it on its stand. Through the malice of the devil the stand was overturned, and the lamp went out. By this means the devil hoped wickedly to entrap them into a quarrel. The elder of the two, growing suddenly angry, struck the younger fiercely. But the younger fell humbly on the ground and besought, saying, “Sir, be gentle with me, and I will light the lamp again.” Then, because he gave back no angry word, the evil spirit was filled with confusion, and departed from their cell. That same night he told the chief of the devils the story of his failure, saying, “Because of the humility of that brother who fell upon the ground and begged the other’s pardon I was unable to prevail against them. God beheld his humility, and poured His grace upon him. Now, lo! it is I who am tormented, for I have failed to separate these two or make them enemies.”
There was a certain hermit renowned among the monks. It happened that there once met him a man possessed by an evil spirit, who struck him violently upon the cheek. The old man straightway turned to him the other cheek, that he might smite him upon it also. The devil was not able to endure the flame of his humility, but immediately departed from him who was possessed.
Please understand that most people tend to call just about any demonic adversary “Satan”. Even St. John Vianney talked about the devil bothering him during the nights before super repentent penitents would arrive at his Church. He talked about it being almost predictable.
In Christ, Michael