THE FIEND OF HELL
The Fiend of hell with its two above servants can
only be overcome by the Grace of God and the skill of the soul.
cunning and malicious fiend never attacks the soul directly; he slowly
withdraws the weak soul from God, not directly by lust or worldly
pleasures BUT slyly to grumbling and complaint, to grief, bitterness
and pain, to impatience, wrath, melancholy, evil will, to hatred and
depresses us when things are done or said to us less lovingly or
wisely than we would wish. And we begin to interpret the actions of
thoughts destroy our fundamental peace and quiet; that's why we must
resist and flee away from them vigorously. The three evil spirits wage
this war against our souls. The flesh and the world cannot harm us
without the Fiend's help. But the Fiend can harm us without the aid of
the flesh and the world. A soul attacked by the Fiend will surely fall
to the flesh and the world.
spirit of the flesh steals devotion away from the soul; the spirit of
the world robs us of true joy; the Fiendish spirit takes away the best
of all, charity, i.e. God.
Cloud of Unknowing