Pope Francis – The Devil is Real

Pope Francis takes a straightforward approach to the reality of evil. It’s reported here.

The Pope then outlined three ways of fighting evil: “Do not confuse the truth. Jesus fights the devil: first criterion. Second criterion: he who is not with Jesus is against Jesus. There are no attitudes in the middle. Third criterion: vigilance over our hearts because the devil is astute. He is never cast out forever. It will only be so on the last day.”

“Vigilance,” Francis said, “because his strategy is this: ‘You became Christian. Advance in your faith. I will leave you. I will leave you tranquil. But then when you are used to not being so watchful and you feel secure, I will come back’. The Gospel today begins with the devil being cast out and ends with the devil coming back! St. Peter would say: ‘It is like a fierce lion that circles us’. It is like that.”

Wake up.

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  • OneTimothyThreeFifteen

    …and Google’s celebrating Nietzsche’s 169th birthday today (see the main search page). Of all the philosophers it could celebrate…

    • Marlene Rein

      You know, many people talk, discuss, writes about Nietzsche, or say bad things about him, or quoting him wrongly. I will tell you something very important (and I am Roman Catholic). When he finished his studies, Nietzsche wrote a beautiful and long poem to God, thanking him for everything and making a vow to always follow God and His rules (he was about 18-20 years old). Later, when his father died – after falling from the tower stairs in the church where was the Lutheran priest -Nietzsche could not comprehend why God, who is said to be all love, kind, etc, could let somebody so faithful to Him suffer that accident, and he asked himself: “Why God didn’t save my father?My father was doing His will and God did not protect him!”. Well, his father had been sick all his life – nobody knows well what kind of illness was, as Nietzsche suffered from the same disease that caused terrible headaches, this disease had been in the family for many years! Then, the fall just agravvated the circunstances and somehow spared him from suffering more and more here, on Earth. I see that fall as a deliverance, indeed. But Nietzsche didn’t, and he started his fight against God – and I don’t believe he was completely atheist, I think he had rebelled because he loved his father so much, that man was his inspiration (once Nietzsche wanted to be a priest!), his best friend, his guide, etc. He was hating God for taking his father away from him. However, the disease of the man was terrible, he had no chance to survive it. The loss of his father, his own disease, his loneliness, changed Nietzsche completely. Everybody who ever met Nietzsche, loved the guy and said he was kind, silent, observer, a true friend and great person – and that he would never say anything rude or bad about somebody – and that he had very beautiful hands, an observation I found peculiar, indeed. After his death, people started saying he was an anti-semit and he was not at all against the Jewish, his best friends were Jewish people (writers, musicians, philosophers), Nietzsche hated the pan-germanism, the racism and he was the first one who wrote so intelligently about the danger of socialism and all those ideas of the European communists, so much in vogue. I read all his books and I know a lot about his life. I believe Nietzsche was a lonely soul, very sensitive to his environment and to the bad things men inflict one another. Now, people mislead his words and call him anti-semitic… Well, all I can say is that only God knows the heart of man, only God knows the wounds in the hearts… not google!

  • Michael

    I think it’s wonderful how all the secular media outlets that fawn over Francis as savior of the Church after Mean Old Benedict have been pushing article after article covering His Holiness’s comments on the devil. He really seems to speak to people where they are, reminding them that Satan can, in fact, enter our daily lives.

    Wait. No news coverage, you say? I’m shocked.


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