The Pope’s Three Criteria for Overcoming the Devil

Pope Francis at his morning Mass today exposes the tricks that the Devil uses to take us away from God. Check out the video link below or read the summary after that.


(Source: Vatican Radio)

“There are some priests who, when they read this Gospel passage, this and others, say: ‘But, Jesus healed a person with a mental illness’. They do not read this, no? It is true that at that time, they could confuse epilepsy with demonic possession; but it is also true that there was the devil! And we do not have the right to simplify the matter, as if to say: ‘All of these (people) were not possessed; they were mentally ill’. No! The presence of the devil is on the first page of the Bible, and the Bible ends as well with the presence of the devil, with the victory of God over the devil.”

“And we can ask ourselves the question: Do I guard myself, my heart, my feelings, my thoughts? Do I guard the treasure of grace? Do I guard the presence of the Holy Spirit in me? Or do I let go, feeling secure, believing that all is going well? But if you do not guard yourself, he who is stronger than you will come. But if someone stronger comes and overcomes, he takes away the weapons in which one trusted, and he shall divide the spoil. Vigilance! Three criteria! 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.

“Be vigilant because the devil’s strategy is this: ‘You became Christian. Advance in your faith. The devil will leave you alone. He will leave you at peace. But then when you are used to not being so watchful and you feel secure, he will come back.’ Today’s Gospel begins with the devil being cast out and ends with the devil coming back! St. Peter said ‘It’s like a fierce lion that circles us’. It is like that. ‘Some may say, but, Father, you’re too old fashioned. You’re frightening us with these things…’ No, it’s not me! It is the Gospel! And these are not lies: it is the Word of the Lord! Let us ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to fight for our salvation. He won against the devil! Please, let’s not do business with the devil! He wants to come back home, to take possession… Don’t accept relativism, be vigilant! And always with Jesus!”


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