On this beautiful Feast of our Guardian angels, we must remember the invisible role they inevitably play in our lives. On a plane of being that we humans cannot sense, the holy angels thwart the attacks of hellish fallen angels, bent on our everlasting perdition. We should express gratitude to God and to our angels often, and we should call upon our angels in good times and in bad. Even as they work with us, they know God’s will for us and they behold His face (Matthew 18:10).
Now, turn your mind to the fallen angelic agents of Hell, the Enemy of your soul.
Consider not only the unrelenting the malice of the Enemy of the soul, but also the Enemy’s, literal, diabolical genius.
First, the fallen angels never sleep, never tire, are never distracted, have no need to travel from point a to b, and they never miss what you are up to. If a government agency can build a profile of you based on bits and pieces of metadata, try to imagine how a fallen angel sees you. They know precisely where to hit with a suggestion, a tug on an appetite, a prod of perfectly timed deception.
Next, their long term goal (keeping you from heaven) depends on your not paying attention to them. Hence, it serves them and their scheme well to diminish both belief in them as well as understanding what they are. Today we even see TV shows – one is even called “Lucifer” – which will surely twist people’s understanding away from their true nature and motives.
We all face, every day, three great obstacles to our present and authentic and our future and eternal happiness: the world, the flesh and the Devil. Of the three, one is a person, the active subject of its own actions. We ignore the Enemy at our deepest peril.
At Crisis be sure to read today about the crisis we face. Sober and true. My emphases and comments.
A Dark-Forces Assault on the Church?
For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and powers … against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12)
It’s not easy to discern the role played by the spiritual hosts of wickedness in world affairs. No one knows with any certainty what is going on in that realm, or what part the principalities and powers play in shaping events. But these are exceedingly strange times—so strange that it is difficult to make sense of some of what is happening from a this-worldly perspective. So it seems worthwhile to try to understand some phenomena from an other-worldly viewpoint. [While we cannot detect with our human senses what goes on in the angel “metaphysical” plane, can we doubt for an instant that there’s a lot going on? And are we so naive as to imagine that it doesn’t affect us? Remember: the fallen angels have already received their irrevocable fate in their rejection of God and His plan. The only thing left for them is to try to prevent God’s glory from being magnified in His creature, us. Each time a soul is lost to Hell, the Enemy crows, “That’s one more You don’t have!”]
One of the strangest developments of our times is the Church’s response to Islam and Islamic migration. Since the response runs entirely counter to the Church’s historical response, it seems legitimate to wonder if other-worldly forces are at play. If that’s the case, it should not be unexpected. Christ promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against his Church, but the implication of his words is that hell would surely try. [Not only try, but also succeed in this place and that. There is no guarantee that Hell won’t win in Europe. The Church once flourished in places like North Africa and Asia Minor. Now?]
Over the years, various popes have testified to this effort. In the late nineteenth century, Pope Leo XIII reportedly had a vision of demonic spirits during the celebration of Mass. This led him to institute the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel (“be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil”), which is said at the end of a Low Mass in the Extraordinary Form. In more recent times, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in 1972, Pope Paul VI delivered a sermon warning that “from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” [Frankly, if far and wide we don’t get down on our knees and start praying those Leonine Prayers again we are veering towards insanity.]
What may come as a surprise to those who worry about Pope Francis’s liberal tendencies is that he also has frequently warned of Satan’s influence. A few months after his election, he consecrated Vatican City State to St. Michael the Archangel who “defends the people of God from the arch-enemy par excellence, the devil.” When he was a cardinal in Argentina, he described a legislative proposal to redefine marriage as “a ‘move’ of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.” [He seems genuinely to believe in the Devil.]
If the smoke of Satan can enter the Catholic Church, [“can”? HAS!] there is no reason to suppose it cannot enter other religions as well. [Not only enter them… START them.] Without getting into the question of whether Muhammad was deceived by Satan, as some maintain, it is probable that Satan seeks to influence the direction of Islam just as he strives to have a malign influence on the Catholic Church. [At least. I’d go a lot farther than that.]
It may be, then, that the current situation of the Church vis-à-vis Islam is due in part to a dual assault—one aimed at heightening Islam’s traditional aggressiveness, [NB:] and the other aimed at weakening the Church’s traditional defenses. The result is a kind of dance of death: a ramping up of Islamic militancy matched by an exaggerated emphasis on tolerance, openness, and welcoming on the part of Catholics. [This is undoubtedly true!]
If this is the case, then one manifestation of the Catholic folly might be the Church’s attitude toward mass Muslim migration. Many Catholic leaders think of Muslim migration as no different from other migrations. For them it is simply a question of being welcoming or unwelcoming, of being charitable or uncharitable. But many Muslim leaders view migrations in a different light. For them it is not a question of loving one’s neighbor, it is a question of who is to be master.
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Do you know the word “dawa”? More on this HERE.
I also recommend The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy. He explains how and why the liberal left coddles and cooperates with Islam in the destruction of Western culture.