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To Beat the Devil

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  1. P.R.Margeot says:

    The Pope abolished the minor orders and the tonsure in 1972. And it appears that at about that time (early 70’s), exorcism was not a word one heard in the churches. The exciting new world out there had no time for those dark, middle ages beliefs. The Church was embracing the world and needed to be in tune with it. The devil’s greatest coup was to make people think that he did not exist. Today we see the world is infested by devils of all kinds, they are having a ball. However, Catholics have Hope and believe that sanity is coming back to the Holy Church, she will take the measures necessary to bring Tradition back, which will strengthen her in her struggle against the powers of darkness, the sects, and secret societies which still believe that they can win this titanic struggle. Once the Pope does the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as our Lady requested, things will happen. There is no doubt. The rosary is our supernatural weapon.

  2. Martin Keenan says:

    People at large might have come to dismiss Satan, but the reality was certainly not absent from the thoughts of Pope Paul VI in 1972 as his “smoke of Satan” homily of 29 June that year demonstrates (see also his address Qualii sono at a general audience later that year, on 15 November).

    Nor was it entirely absent from the teaching of the Second Vatican Council. See, for example, the quotation from Eph.6:12 in Lumen gentium n.35 and, particularly, this passage from Gaudium et spes (n.37):-

    ” . . a monumental struggle against the powers of darkness pervades the whole history of man. The battle was joined from the very origins of the world and will continue until the last day, as the Lord has attested.(Mt.24:13, 13:24-30 and 36-43). Caught in this conflict, man is obliged to wrestle constantly if he is to cling to what is good, nor can he achieve his own integrity without great efforts and the help of God’s grace.”

    In 1975 the Congregation for Divine Worship published an extensive document on demonology commissioned from an unnamed expert which re-affirms that the existence of Satan is a matter of faith (English translation in Flannery, ed. “More Post-Conciliar Documents” [1982] pp.456-485; now see CCC 395 and 407).

    The Holy Father wrote this in his book “Jesus of Nazareth” (Eng. ed., p.44):-

    “. . anyone who claims to be able to establish the perfect world is the willing dupe of Satan and plays the world right into his hands”

  3. Tseko says:

    There is a lot of “devil chasing” going on in many of these new bible churches . We see, and hear a lot of that on TV, and on various community radio stations, especially the African language stations. They do a lot of healing too, all “in the name of Jesus”, they say. What are we to make of these “prophets and apostles” ?

  4. Martin Keenan says:

    What are we to make of them? Part of the answer, Tseko, can be found in St. Mark’s Gospel (Mk.9:38-40):-

    “John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.’ Jesus replied, ‘Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us’.”

    It is the power of the Name which is above all other names and before which all shall bow the knee (Phil.2:9).

    Of course, psychological and physical healing is not enough. What people require most intimately is to be freed from captivity to sin and brought to knowledge of the person of Jesus. This is the essential mission of the Church.