THE WAYS OF SATAN
Avoid the envenomed
tongue of the devil who from the beginning of the world lies that he
may deceive, cajoles that he may injure, promises good that he may
give evil, promises life that he may put to death.
He creeps on us secretly
by the appearance of peace; he steals forward by hidden approaches,
whence also he has received the name of the serpent.
Unable to overwhelm the
solder of Christ with his devilish weapon, he lays in wait to
slay Christ's soldier by his own weapon.
The devil attacks only the
camp of Christ. He despises and passes by sinners and heretics.
In the Old Testament, the
devil did not realize the extent of his punishment. But after the
coming of Christ, he realized that his punishment is eternal fire
which was laid up and prepared for him and his angels. He, then, began
to plot without ceasing against the faithful, being desirous to have
many companions in his apostasy. Your company in hell is his only
Sts. Justin, Cyprian and