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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Angels and Demons: a meditation.

Saint Michael, the Archangel, is a beautiful will. Why? Because his will is perfectly grafted to the will of the Almighty. Michael's voice is that of the Word. Michael speaks perfectly the will of God.

By contrast, the will of the demon is hideous and strangling, full of deceit and murderous intent.

The holy angels are locked in a battle with the unholy former angels who made themselves eternally brittle and broken by denying the will of the Father and by choosing isolation over communion, by choosing the tyranny of absolute individualism over solidarity with God and His creation.
CCC 392 Scripture speaks of a sin of these angels.269 This "fall" consists in the free choice of these created spirits, who radically and irrevocably rejected God and his reign. We find a reflection of that rebellion in the tempter's words to our first parents: "You will be like God."270 The devil "has sinned from the beginning"; he is "a liar and the father of lies".271 
CCC 393 It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels' sin unforgivable. "There is no repentance for the angels after their fall, just as there is no repentance for men after death."272
No demonic will can stand up to the power of God directed through the wills of His holy angels. Demons are parasites. They have cut themselves off from the sustaining Presence of the Almighty. They are withering away into nothingness. The demons draw "sustenance" from those souls they infect and from the conflict they provoke among men. From his demonic cohort, Satan sucks the life out of every entity above him for he is, after all, the lowest of the low in the hell circles farthest from heaven.
et factum est proelium in caelo Michahel et angeli eius proeliabantur cum dracone et draco pugnabat et angeli eius et non valuerunt neque locus inventus est eorum amplius in caelo et proiectus est draco ille magnus serpens antiquus qui vocatur Diabolus et Satanas qui seducit universum orbem proiectus est in terram et angeli eius cum illo missi sunt et audivi vocem magnam in caelo dicentem nunc facta est salus et virtus et regnum Dei nostri et potestas Christi eius quia proiectus est accusator fratrum nostrorum qui accusabat illos ante conspectum Dei nostri die ac nocte et ipsi vicerunt illum propter sanguinem agni et propter verbum testimonii sui et non dilexerunt animam suam usque ad mortem propterea laetamini caeli et qui habitatis in eis vae terrae et mari quia descendit diabolus ad vos habens iram magnam sciens quod modicum tempus habet
And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time.—The Apocalypse of St. John 12:7-12.
The pure will of an angel is deafening and blinding to an evil entity. The demon cannot stand the beauty and the harmony of the perfect angelic song. The will of the perfect is the will of God, and all angels of God reflect the will of God perfectly. The angel is a perfect reflection of the Word, a word within the Word, just as souls are words in the mind of God. Demons are nonsense, jibberish. They cannot tolerate the perfection of souls in harmony with the Word.

Angels chose and are choosing God. Demons chose and are choosing themselves. Demons are fallen from their original dignity. They are forever corrupting, i.e., fragmenting. They desperately cling to their exploits permitted by corrupt human choices. Demons can only possess those who surrender their wills to the influence of evil, the diabolic.

Demons target all types, looking for weaknesses to exploit. Some souls they exploit through their intellects, others through their wills. We live in a day and age when the intellect and will are so easily corrupted. If people understood the flaws and consequences of their choices, we might see more resistance to the evil perpetrated against the weak and innocent.

Demons thrive on the exploitation of the weak and innocent. They hate all human souls because, created in the image and likeness of God, human souls remind them of what they have forever lost. The memory of the demon, so completely folded in on itself, has revised the story of the Fall of the damned to justify blaming God for their own choices, for their own wills freely exercised. Demons are the first revisionists, the first relativists. They cannot stand the Truth nor will they permit any human soul to remind them of the Truth.

The fallen soul, which is to say every soul not baptized (bear in mind the Church's teaching on invincible ignorance, baptism by desire or by blood), is a soul prone to full exploitation, for such a soul possesses few defences against a demon's manipulations of intellect and will. The human will and intellect is no match for a fallen angel unless such a soul is protected by grace.

Jesus' Sacrifice has already destroyed and is destroying Satan's grasp on man and creation. Jesus has destroyed death and sin. Satan and his league of unholy wills are being pushed further into the abyss. Satan will lash out from time to time, and perhaps we live in a time when Satan's power seems dominant, but God is working the edges of reality. God and His holy angels have Satan surrounded. Remember, Satan thought he had won at Calvary. God successfully infiltrated this world through Christ's incarnation, death and resurrection. The General of God's army, Michael, is turning away the enemy as you read this reflection.

God's Mercy
In her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, Saint Faustina Kowalska recorded that she received a private revelation regarding intercessory prayer from Jesus who told her to “Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give them the grace of conversion. This is the prayer:
O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You (Diary, 186-187).—Judy Keane, Catholic Exchange.
Any soul can turn to God at any time. We must pray for lost souls, that they may find God.

Derelict

Human souls not oriented to God can become hotels for demons. Such vacation spots offer demons a home away from home, so-to-speak. Hell endures for the demons; however, they can find temporary shelter in a soul, human or material (recall the demons that entered pigs—St. Mark 5:12). Temporary, as in their corruption eventually brings down the house. That demolition of property brings Satan delight and fuels his rage, for the devil cannot know delight except as diabolical delight.

We have witnessed hints of that diabolical delight captured in the CMP videos exposing Planned Parenthood's fiendish exploitation of the weakest humans. The casuistry, flippancy, coldness and blandness of the various Planned Parenthood executives, employees and others confirming their exploitation of unborn children and their mothers is a mirror of the black emptiness of the devil.
Today I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw: the first torture that constitutes hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that one’s condition will never change; the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it – a terrible suffering, since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God’s anger; the fifth torture is continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and, despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan; the seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies.—St. Maria Faustyna Kowalska, Diary 741.
How can we not pray for the souls of the human minions of the evil one? They have no idea what is in store for them if they should continue along the path of perdition. Their actions are moving them ever deeper into an abyss in which they will never find love, peace and joy and from which they will never find relief from Satan's torturous embrace.

Sources
  1. Catechism of the Catholic Church
  2. Diocese of Harrisburg—Catholic teaching on angels
  3. Dr. Peter Kreeft: Angels and Demons
  4. http://aleteia.org/2013/10/25/3-absolutely-terrifying-visions-of-hell/
  5. http://legacy.fordham.edu/gsas/phil/klima/FILES/Aquinas-on-Soul-and-Intellect.pdf

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