“The Holy Father takes on the enemy of Holiness” PART 2

Here is the second part of the Article; “The Holy Father takes on the enemy of Holiness” for the Bulletin on October 13, 2019

We all have to pass through death. Yet it is one thing to pass through this in the hands of the devil, and quite another to pass through it in the hands of God. — Morning Meditation, Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Nov. 12, 2013

A faker from the beginning

Often [the devil] hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being “modern,” “like everyone else.” He distracts us with the view of ephemeral pleasures, superficial pastimes. — Homily, Mass in Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines, Jan. 18, 2015

Friends: the devil is a con artist. He makes promises after promises, but he never delivers. He’ll never really do anything he says. He doesn’t make good on his promises. — Address, “Costanera” Riverside Area, Asunción, Paraguay, July 12, 2015

Devil is a ‘loser’

God has defeated the devil, and he did it on the cross. He defeated the devil, but in his own way. The devil is a loser and has been defeated. Do you know how dragons are? They have a very long tail, and even if they have been killed, they continue to shake that tail for a while. What happened to the devil is like what happens to big and scary dragons that are defeated and killed. Their long tail moves and can still cause damage. . . .

Jesus’ death defeated death. The devil is a loser — don’t forget it! He is like a dragon or a dangerous dinosaur that wags its tail for a while even if it’s already dead. — “Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World,” Loyola Press (2016), p. 23

Plays on our discouragement and sadness

I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst; it is born from knowing that with him we are never alone, even at difficult moments, even when our life’s journey comes up against problems and obstacles that seem insurmountable, and there are so many of them! And at this moment the enemy, the devil, comes, often disguised as an angel, and slyly speaks his word to us. — Homily, Palm Sunday Mass, St. Peter’s Square, March 24, 2013

Makes us feel worthless

Never think that you have nothing to offer or that nobody cares about you. Many people need you; think this. Each of you think in your heart: “Many people need me.” The thought, “No one needs me,” as [St.] Alberto Hurtado used to like to say, “is the voice of the devil.” “No one needs me.” The devil wants to make you feel you are worthless . . . and to keep things the way they are. That’s why he makes you feel worthless so that no one changes, because the only one that can

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