The pope continues to speak about the reality of the devil in our lives and it is scarey!
When's the last time you heard a homily/sermon like this? I heard them as a child in the pre-Vatican II Church, but don't recall too many of this nature in the 1970's till today.
Fratres: Sobrie estote, et vigilate: quia adversarius vester diabolus, tamquam leo rugiens, circuit, quaerens quem devoret: cui resistite fortes in fide. Tu autem, Domine, miserere nobis. [1 Peter 8-9]
Perhaps the Holy Father might consider restoring this to the Office of Compline, from which it was unaccountably removed - perhaps for the reason he alluded to, that it makes modern people feel uneasy.
Pope Francis is a good homilist, in that he can get his message across clearly and succinctly. He doesn't ramble. Even on major occasions he confines himself to ten minutes or so. All popes have their strengths and weaknesses, and I think we need to forget the media spin and look at those aspects of Francis's pontificate that display his strengths.
I have only heard this once before; It was on an EWTN Radio show concerning exorcism. I am happy to hear that the Pope has preached on this.
I agree with you, Father. It is scary to know that demons return with reinforcements. It is even scarier to consider the fact that most Catholics are in the dark about this. I wonder how many more people would be making frequent confessions if they knew?
Sorry, it should be "sobrii estote" above. Catholics of my generation, and those who attend the EF, will be familiar with the passage from Luke xi 14-28 from which the Holy Father quoted, since it is the Gospel for the third Sunday of Lent. It was (surprise, surprise) dropped from the new Sunday lectionary cycle, even that for year C which concentrates on Luke, although I dare say it crops up somewhere in the weekly cycle. It wasn't Friday's Gospel (memorial of SS Cyril and Methodius) which is Mark vii 31-37. Carol H., the reason you haven't heard this is because you're not meant to.
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