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Pope's Mass: The devil hates mankind and wants to destroy it

2014-09-29

During his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about the devil. He explained that it only pursues one goal: to destroy mankind.

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"So many projects, except for one's own sins, but many, many projects for mankind’s dehumanization come from the devil, simply because he hates it. And he is clever, so is written in the first page of the Genesis. He is clever. He shows things as if they were good. But what he really wants is destruction.”

Pope Francis added that angels help Christians fight and overcome temptation. That's why, he added, Christians should pray regularly to the three Archangels, Saints Gabriel, Michael and Raphael. 



SUMMARY OF POPE´S HOMILY 
Source: Vatican Radio 

"This struggle takes place after Satan seeks to destroy the woman about to give birth to a child.  Satan always tries to destroy man: the man that Daniel saw there, in glory, and whom Jesus told Nathanael would come in glory. From the very beginning, the Bible speaks to us of this: Satan’s [use of ] seduction to destroy. Maybe out of envy. We read in Psalm 8: 'Thou hast made man superior to the angels,' and that angel of great intelligence could not bear this humiliation, that a lower creature was made superior to him; thus he tried to destroy it.”

"So many projects, except for one's own sins, but many, many projects for mankind’s dehumanization are his work, simply because he hates mankind. He is astute: the first page of Genesis tells us so, he is astute. He presents things as if they were a good thing. But his intention is destruction. And the angels defend us. They defend mankind and they defend the God-Man, the superior Man, Jesus Christ who is the perfection of humanity, the most perfect. This is why the Church honors the Angels, because they are the ones who will be in the glory of God – they are in the glory of God - because they defend the great hidden mystery of God, namely, that the Word was made flesh.” 
”This struggle is a daily reality in Christian life, in our hearts, in our lives, in our families, in our people, in our churches ... If we do not struggle, we will be defeated. But the Lord has given this task mainly to the angels: to do battle and win. And the final song of Revelation , after this battle, is so beautiful: Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night”. 


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