Satan Thrilled With Jihadists and Police Killers

The first degree murders in Boston, Paris, San Bernadino, Brussels, Istanbul airport, Orlando, Dallas, Nice and Baton Rouge are a sign of his handiwork.  The Father of Lies has been angry at the God, the Author of Life since before the universe and he continues to use those with poorly formed consciences as his pawns.1,2

Sadly, we see more and more falling prey to his message of hate and revenge.  Those who so wantonly despise and execute anyone who believes differently are not on a holy mission.  The perpetrators of the police deaths forget that revenge belongs to God.3

Jihadists and police murderers should recall that their virulently negative emotions are not from God, but from the one who allowed pride to throw away his spot in eternal happiness. But, perhaps I’m assuming too much on their behalf.

So, I ask them, on whose side do they want to be for now and, more importantly, for eternity?

 

1 – ”Satan or the devil and the other demons are fallen angels who have freely refused to serve God and his plan.  Their choice against God is definitive.  They try to associate man in their revolt against God.”  Paragraph 414 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 25th printing; November, 2013.

2 – “The education of the conscience is a lifelong task.  From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience.  Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults.  The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.”  Paragraph 1784, Ibid.

3 – “Beloved, do not look for revenge, but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”  (Romans 13:19) from The New Catholic Answer Bible, Fireside Catholic Publishing; Wichita, KS, 2005.

Gentle, But Serious Reminder in Pope Francis’ First Papal Homily

Today, in his first homily as the leader of the Church, Pope Francis said that “to profess to do good things, but without professing Jesus Christ, is just being worldly and being worldly is what Satan teaches.”

What I took from this is that we must be careful that, as we busily go about promoting and accomplishing “good things,” it must be apparent that we do this because we are following the commands of our Lord.  It is His mission, not ours.  If we sanitize our actions publically so that we are simply being pragmatic and politically correct, it puts us in Satan’s camp.  He wants us to think that we can do anything without God and without giving Him the credit He deserves for His guidance and blessings.   It becomes all about us and the praise we feel we deserve.

An EWTN commentator mentioned that the Pope quoted a French author who said that if we aren’t praying to God, then we are praying to Satan.

We have heard many times that our lives should be as a prayer to God.  The stark reality is that our lives are either a witness to our loyalty in the all-good Creator or we are siding with the Prince of Darkness.  There is no middle ground.  Do not be deceived!

No One Knows the Exact Time of Jesus’ Second Coming (a/k/a “End of the World”)

or  “How  Should  We  Live  With  This  Uncertainty?”

Matthew 24:36  “But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” 1

Recalling this very simple statement would eliminate anxiety for many.   A decade does not go by without new claims stating when the exact time of The End will be.  The current one is for tomorrow, depending on how the Mayan calendar is interpreted.  For the Christian, none of this should be traumatic.

Distractions of this type are just what Satan delights in.  (Of course, for those who don’t believe in the existence of that fallen angel, these comments will be of no interest.  In such cases, they often don’t believe in God, either.  Their lives are an unfortunate series of hurried activities trying to make the most of the only existence they expect to have.)

Back to the Evil One – he delights in these opportunities.  When Christians begin to worry about what is really unknowable, they lose focus on leading a good life.  Instead of trying to live as Christ commanded, they begin to approach things defensively.  In other words, instead of being outward focused they turn inward.  When they turn inward, they can’t see others or the rest of Creation for which they are stewards.  Decisions become tinged with increasing selfishness.  These actions play into the hands of Satan, who was bounced from Heaven because he thought more of himself than his Creator.

BE  PREPARED,  NOT  ANXIOUS

Scripture also has advice on how to live with this uncertainty.  The parable about the ten virgins who went to meet the bridegroom is an example.  Five brought sufficient oil for their lamps, five did not.  When the bridegroom was delayed and did not appear until midnight, the unprepared five were out of luck.  As it says in Matthew 25:13 “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” 1

BUT  “NOT  ANXIOUS,”  DOESN’T  MEAN  PROCRASTINATE

Another popular story, not from Scripture, makes this point evident from a different point of view.  The devil was training his apprentice minions by having them go to the Earth and turn people away from God.  They came back very frustrated.  They asked Satan how they could ever succeed when believers had the teachings of the Church, the example of the saints for encouragement and the promise of eternal happiness before them.  Satan calmed them by saying all they had to do was convince people that “they had time.”  By doing this, people would continue to delay critical conversions in their spiritual lives – until it was too late.

LOOK  FORWARD  TO  HIS  SECOND  COMING!

We need not live in fear of “the end of the world.”  In fact, we should look forward to it.  If we do our best to follow Jesus’ commands daily, then “the end” will signify the beginning of our eternal life of happiness!


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– “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, KS, 2005