The devil is real

Pope Francis preaches about the devil a lot. Much more than the average priest. Or this average priest, anyway. Unfortunately, the press gives minimal coverage to such remarks, and every year, I suspect, belief in the devil diminishes among Catholics. That’s why, this first Sunday of Lent, I’ve distributed in my parishes a one page sampler of the Holy Father’s warnings about the devil. There is a distinct theme in the Holy Father’s remarks. In typical Ignatian fashion, he focuses on how the devil subverts our relationships. To cite a few examples: “The Adversary wants to keep us separated from God . . . and therefore...

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