No other topic
unleashes such a storm of indignation among secularized society as
that of the devil or demons. Eyebrows were raised when Pope Paul VI in
November 15, 1972, said, "I have the feeling that the smoke of
Satan has penetrated the Temple of God through some crack." Of
course, the true children of the Church cannot be penetrated by the
devil; it is the marginal or peripheral members of the Church, which
makes up the majority, that has been penetrated. . .well, even long
before the council.
devil is someone supernatural that has come into the world to destroy
the Church ( of course, he does not know that is impossible) by sowing
doubt, uncertainty, problems, unrest and discontent.
devil is a dark and hostile agent, a living, spiritual, corrupt and
corrupting being--a terrible reality, mysterious and
frightening, that man today would rather refuse to acknowledge his
Paul VI reiterated that the devil is enemy number one. This
destructive being really exists and is very active; he is the
sophisticated perverter of man's morals, the malicious seducer who
knows how to penetrate the senses, the imagination and desires in
order to destroy. And his greatest weapon is man's ignorance of his
existence and wiles.
is regrettable that modern theology is almost totally mum about the
devil, his ways and strategies when "the whole world is under the
power of the evil one." That is why he is called 'the prince of
devil is a powerful reality that continuously pits man with his human
freedom against God's freedom. Catholic spirituality consists in the
fact that man, alone, cannot oppose the devil; he needs Christ's help
which comes only when man obeys His commands. He who disobeys Christ's
commands is not really shouting for help.
cults are sprouting from California to Northern Europe; but this
should not bother us. What should bother us are those who do Satan's
job--Catholics who harass and lay obstacles on those who are truly and
quietly seeking God's kingdom of holiness. The latter is more
dangerous because they present Satan's poison in the guise of piety.
literature about the devil are reprints from old publications rather
than the product of new insights or research. The Fathers of the
Church had written so much about the ways and wiles of the devil; they
had left nothing to chance in describing how to overcome him. But no
one has collated these information into a book or pamphlet (since it
is really miniscule) for our information.
devil is really a disturbing thought; and modern man tends to merely
set aside disturbing thoughts in the hope that they will quietly go
away. Well, this is not the case with the devil; the more you deny his
existence the more you fall into his enslaving embrace. The more you
fall into his embrace, the more you deny the need for salvation and
help, and, therefore, of Christ.