Ten Ways to Withstand Satan

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The Fall of the Rebel Angels - by GIORDANO, Luca - from Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


The devil only tempts those souls that wish to abandon sin and those that are in a state of grace. The others belong to him; he has no need to tempt them.

The greatest of all evils is not to be tempted, because there are then grounds for believing that the devil looks upon us as his property.

Saint John Vianney


Ten Ways to Withstand Satan

by Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi

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Satan is indeed real, and he is out there waiting to make us fall, a Church leader warns his flock.

To help the faithful of his archdiocese live Lent more intensely, Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Genoa, Italy, has published a Message about man's "great Tempter."

With the Message, the cardinal offers ten (10) proposals to withstand the devil:

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)The first is: "not to forget that the devil exists." The cardinal notes: "The first lie, of which we are often victims, is to make us believe he does not exist."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Second, the cardinal proposes that the faithful "not forget that the devil is a tempter."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Third, he reminds readers that the devil is "very intelligent and astute."

lucifer2.gif (31255 bytes)littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Fourth, the cardinal advises his flock to "be vigilant," since the devil goes about, in the words of Saint Peter's First Letter, like "a roaring lion seeking someone to devour."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Fifth advice: "Believe firmly in Christ's victory over the tempter."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Sixth: "Christ makes us participate in His victory."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)The seventh counsel is to "listen to the Word of God," resisting the enemy "firmly in the faith."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)The eighth is to "be humble in mortification," as temptation is always "a call to follow the path of egoism." (Pride is the devil's strongest point.)

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Suggestion No. 9: "Pray without ceasing."

littlegoldcross.gif (962 bytes)Finally, Cardinal Tettamanzi asks that the faithful to "adore the Lord our God and worship Him only."