Wednesday, October 4, 2017
WHAT ROLE DOES THE DEVIL HAVE IN THE MASS MURDERS WE EXPERIENCE THROUGH TERRORISM AND FROM MAD MEN IN THE USA?
Pope Francis is doing the Church and the world a great good by once again recovering the Church's teaching on the influence of Satan on disordered human beings. Ralph Martin has said, "Pope Francis, after perhaps too many years of a disproportionate silence about the devil, seems to be restoring the balance in his frequent comments on the reality of the devil without a sensationalist preoccupation."
As Catholics, we know the devil can tempt us to use our free will to rebel against God, to be disobedient to the laws of God. But we know too, that the influence of Satan can cause us to become minions of the devil robbed of our free will through demonic oppression or possession. Our free will is a gift from God, a gift that the devil hates and he tries to take from us in order to control us.
The devil enters where we are weakest, in our disorders and our disordered affections. It is there that he can wreck the most havoc on our lives and the lives of others.
It is said that the mass murderer in Las Vegas became a dark, horrible person when he was drinking. While we do not know if he was intoxicated at the time of his mass shooting, certainly Satan could enter into the hole of this disordered reaction to alcohol and manipulate this shooter into doing his demonic deeds as though he was a robot of the devil completely under his influence and devoid of free will that could combat this take over.
Someone once wrote that an increasing number of people, including Catholics, no longer see the risks of experimenting with the occult or even Satanism. Sometimes this is masked by godless secularism, itself influenced by Satan.
More and more God and religion is shunted from the public square. Satan takes delight over his influence in this area for it opens people to his power and ability to rob them of the great gift of free will. And thus he controls them to do his demonic deeds.