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The Devil, Evil & Error: ALL Are REAL

Fr. Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

January 21, 1999
   
 

     MK 3:17      MK 5:6-10      MK 5:6-10      MK 5:11-17                                                                                 11:AM

 

EVIL MUST FLEE from God.  Evil cannot stand to be near Holiness & Virtue.  On several  occasions Our Blessed Lord meets Satan head on.  Note that the Unclean Spirits immediately Recognize DIVINITY...& they are Forced to react.

 

SATAN CONFRONTS CHRIST....the All Holy One...full of Grace & Truth....the God made Man. Right away they have to fall down before Christ, who is God the 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity.  The Evil Spirits shout loudly...’’”You are the Son of God.”

 

MOST PEOPLE don’t want even to think.....about the Devil or Satan....neither his very Existence nor what he does...nor what he CAN do. Christ Himself told us...”Satan goes about like a roaring Lion...seeking whomsoever he may devour.  Pope Paul VI on June 29, 1972 spoke of the Smoke of Satan who wants to.....confuse & overwhelm the religious sense in the secret of the heart.

 

THE SCRIPTURAL ACCOUNTS of Christ running into Satan...& His Casting out of the Evil Spirits are reminders that Evil Spirits are NOT just Figments of our imagination.  They are NOT mere fantasies.   

 

SATAN & HIS EVIL SPIRITS DO EXIST. They are very REAL. They are FALLEN ANGELS with an Intellect & Strength FAR beyond any Human!  Hence, we all need to be very Conscious of their Daily efforts to tear us away from ANYTHING Good.....Holy....or Virtuous!

 

THE POPES CONSTANTLY WARN us to Avoid Evil.....& Urge us to Practice Virtue. Like the Good Shepherd they have...throughout History...pointed out the Danger Signals of Evils of all kinds whenever & wherever Evil raises its head.   On November 15, 1945 Pope Paul VI, a great Pontiff, beatified by Saint Pope John Paul II, October 2014...spoke about Satan & the Evils he brings about.

 

 PAUL VI SAID & WE QUOTE:  “Do we not see how much Evil exists in the World.....particularly MORAL EVIL........against Man...& against God.  We find Evil...he says....in the Kingdom of Nature among men....where we meet with weakness...frailty....pain...death...& something worse.......a dual conflicting Law...one desiring GOOD.....the other directed to EVIL.”  Every day....we read about the Onslaught AGAINST:   God...even God’s very Existence...about the Denial of Sin...& about Wars & Rumors of War.

 

VICES ARE GIVEN VERY RESPECTABLE names...& seem to thrive for noble causes.  Satanism, Cults & Paganism continue to make headway.  The Sanctity of Marriage & the Family are being torn apart through Divorce, Abortion on Demand, Euthanasia, Pornography, Homosexual Activity, “Gay-Rights” & Medical Assisted Suicide

 

ALL THESE EVILS are given a Dignity...they do NOT possess, nor deserve.  THESE EVILS are certainly encouraged by Satan himself.  What better way to distract & distort man’s Mind, Attention & Interest.

 

POPE PAUL VI continued to say & we quote:  “it is contrary to the Bible & the Teaching of the Church to refuse to recognize Satan.....or to explain him as a Pseudo Reality...or as a conceptual & fanciful personification of unknown causes of our misfortune.”

 

THE VICAR OF CHRIST reminds us that....Satan himself...is the SECRET ENEMY  NUMBER 1...who sows errors & misfortunes...in human society.  Paul VI continues about many people in the world who.....”prefer to appear strong.....& unprejudiced...and to pose as positivists....while giving credit to magic or popular superstitions...or worse still opening their minds......and souls to the licentious experience of the SENSES...to a harmful one of DRUGS...to fashionable errors...Cracks through which the Devil can easily penetrate & work upon the human mind.”

 

 PAUL SAYS.....”our defense is Grace, the presence & practice of the VIRTUES...especially by exercising........Prayer, Fasting, Mortification....& frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance & Holy Eucharist.”

 

                                        WE CAN & SHOULD REFLECT ON THESE THOUGHTS..

                               EVERY TIME WE PRAY THE LAST WORDS OF THE OUR FATHER

                           ....LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION...BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL

                             TO THIS WE ADD,,,..”AMEN”....WHICH MEANS......LET IT BE SO!

   
 
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