The devil always goes to extremes in his attacks on Christians, Pope Francis said Wednesday, either through the soft sell of worldly glory and comfort or the violence of enraged persecution.
In his live-streamed morning Mass at the chapel of his Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for victims of the coronavirus, while focusing in his homily on the works of the devil.
“The devil has two strategies: the seduction of worldly promises, and when this fails, that of rage,” the pope said.
The first ploy attempted by Satan to separate us from Christ will always be that of a “worldly spirit,” Francis said, where he offers “self-realization, careerism, and worldly success, as ways to cover up the cross of Jesus.”
When this strategy fails, the devil often turns to violence and fury, the pontiff continued.
We see this in Christ’s passion where there is not merely a death sentence, but “there is more, there is humiliation, there is rage. And when there is fury in the persecution of a Christian, the devil is present,” he said.
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SOURCE: Breitbart, Thomas D. Williams Ph.D