Today's Subtle Demonic Attack Against the Sacraments
By Mary M.
Summary: At the present time, I feel the devil is waging a subtle
attack on the Sacraments - and he's winning.
Keywords: Sacraments, Satanic Attack, Demonic Attack, Satan,
Devil, Baptism, Confession, Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation,
Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
Matrimony, Marriage, Nuptials, Holy Orders, Priesthood, Extreme
Unction, Anointing of the Sick, Second Vatican Council, Vatican II
I have a theory which I intend to prove below.
My theory is that the
is presently waging a subtle attack against the
sacraments - and he is winning, at least for now.
Let me make my case. First let me remind you
that the most precious, most valuable, most important things that exist
in our entire universe are the Sacraments. Our salvation depends on
them! One of them is
So of course Satan will attack them. And, Satan's tool of choice may not
be so obvious because good people would be put off by that, plus God
might prevent the devil from being able to carry on a lengthy &
widespread direct attack against the Sacraments. Instead, the devil will
need to make use of more subtle methods to carry out his evil plans.
Let me try to illustrate my point, albeit poorly
I'm afraid, and in an earthly way. Say you had the most extraordinary,
potent & efficacious cream in the entire world. It could bring you and
your loved ones practically painlessly from death to life in an instant
from every conceivable malady. It never failed. It never expired. It had
no bad side effects. It cost basically nothing to produce. And the
supply was abundant - more than enough for everyone on earth - and in
reach of everyone, no matter how poor or rich, smart or ignorant.
In good times, everyone would make use of that
cream and the effects would be marvelous. And the people would be full
of gratitude for that amazing medicine.
But then, we have a mortal enemy. This merciless
enemy would see how good things were for those whom he hates and he'd
plan an attack. He couldn't go into peoples' homes directly and steal
the cream from everyone - he doesn't have the power to do that, and
people would stop him if he did. Besides, the people could just get more
of the freely available cream. So he has to use a more subtle approach.
What if he were to encourage people on their own
to belittle the cream (despite the proven benefits) or to simply ignore
it and forget about it? When they were sick, he'd encourage much of the
populace to let their cream just sit in the back of drawers, disregarded
and forgotten about by many, even though it retained its full potency
and effectiveness. Instead much of the general population would simply
choose to die (and let their loved ones die) from their maladies rather
than use this painless, amazing cream. Would you not think it insane if
even one person did that? But what if it was so widespread that many
people - even the majority of people - were tossing their cream in the
back of drawers and forgetting about it or even misusing it to their
detriment? Would that not be the height of insanity?
Impossible you think? Not so. In the Sacraments,
we have something infinitely more valuable than a life-saving cream. The
Sacraments are extraordinary, potent & efficacious gifts from God that
never fail. They never expire and have no side effects. They cost
basically nothing to produce. And the supply is abundant - more than
enough for everyone on earth. They are in reach of everyone, no matter
how poor or rich, intelligent or ignorant. They have the power to bring
you and your loved ones practically painlessly from eternal death to
eternal life in an instant from every conceivable malady. Unless
prevented by the recipient, they can never ever fail. Yet, just like in
the example, so many people today let their amazing remedy (the
Sacraments) just 'sit in the back of drawers', disregarded and forgotten
about, while they die of their maladies. The devil can't destroy the
Sacraments themselves, but he can help people not appreciate them, not
use them, reject them, or even forget about or abuse them.
Prove me wrong if you can. Consider the facts:
Since that disastrous
Second Vatican Council which has inflicted
so much harm on the Church...
is ignored / rejected / belittled / abused, even among Catholics. Some
effects of Satan's subtle attacks against Baptism...
* Many today put off baptism unnecessarily
* Many today completely fail to have their children baptized
* Many today won't firmly assert the
necessity of baptism for salvation, including some prelates -
especially in the name of 'ecumenism'.
Despite the UNCHANGEABLE biblical charge to convert & baptize, Pope
Francis even scandalously called proselytism "solemn nonsense"!
* Catholics today may
abort their (unbaptized!) children and many
Catholics today falsely assert that unbaptized aborted and/or miscarried
babies can 'certainly' be saved without baptism. So much for
So much for the necessity of baptism! So much for the
Blessed Virgin Mary's singular privilege!
* Many Catholics today (including
fail to warn unbaptized persons in their charge of the danger to their
souls of going without baptism
* Many Catholics today apparently, falsely, hold that a 'forced' baptism of
an adult can suffice for salvation (I am thinking of
Faustina of the 'Divine Mercy' devotion and the followers of her
devotion who have no objection to what she has documented)
* Some Catholics today may utilize all manner of inappropriate persons
as 'godparents', and priests may even allow it
* Some unrepentant Catholics today live in serious
sin and seek
baptism without any intention of ever having a proper Christian home,
and priests may even welcome it
Decreased rates of infant baptism in recent
years are further proof that this first, most essential sacrament has
been under grave, yet subtle diabolical attack. This should be of no
surprise considering that the
post-Vatican II watered-down baptism rite virtually eliminates the
exorcism. As Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of Rome, stated, "[The
rite of baptism for children] has been so drastically overhauled that
the exorcism against Satan has virtually been eliminated." I'm sure the
devil appreciates that. It makes his evil plans much easier to
accomplish. As a result, many souls are surely lost.
Council of Trent: "If any one saith that
baptism is optional, that is, not necessary to salvation; let him be
is ignored / rejected / mocked / abused, even among Catholics. Some
effects of Satan's subtle attacks against Confession...
* Many today never (or hardly ever) go to Confession
* Many today seem to think Confession is unnecessary - even some
* Many today omit Confession before receiving
despite committing serious sins, and thereby add more sin
* Many today fail to emphasize the necessity of Confession for those in
serious sin (again, think of the
Mercy' devotion and the post-Vatican II ideas of false mercy that
* Catholics today may make a mockery out of Confession by their behavior
or failure to confess serious sins (e.g.
* Catholics today may go to Confession not properly disposed and may
have no intention of stopping serious sin or making amends for past
sins, perhaps even making the sacrament worthless for them, or even a
* Prelates today may scandalously give absolution to 'penitents' who
manifestly aren't penitent and who clearly plan to continue in serious
sin (especially in the wake of
Falling Confession rates in recent years are
further proof that this essential sacrament has been under grave, yet
subtle diabolical attack. But then how are penitents to think the
sacrament is so essential, so grave, when
the post-Vatican II version is almost treated so glibly, even as a
'optional psychology session'? As a result, many persons may die
with mortal sin on their souls - and would therefore face the prospect
of eternal damnation.
Council of Trent: "For those who fall into
sin after Baptism the Sacrament of Penance is as necessary to salvation
as is Baptism for those who have not been already baptized."
is ignored / rejected / belittled / abused, even among Catholics. Some
effects of Satan's subtle attacks against Confirmation...
* Fewer parents today may ensure that their children receive
* Despite the evil influences so prevalent in our age, few prelates tend
to emphasize the need for Confirmation
* A significant number of young Catholics today may reject Confirmation
as they leave the Church
* Many Catholics today apparently consider Confirmation to be
unimportant or insignificant
* Confirmation today may become an exercise in 'social justice' (i.e. an
indoctrination tool for liberals) rather than strengthening Catholics to
be 'soldiers of Christ'
* Some Catholics today may receive Confirmation in grave sin and even
those who pertinaciously hold immoral views may be allowed to receive
Sadly, declining Confirmation rates are only to
be expected as fewer persons today remain Catholic after baptism. One
might expect this sacrament may suffer slightly less diabolical attack
since it is may not be absolutely necessary for salvation. However, in
the post-Vatican II Church where it is pretended that there is little
need for proselytizing or being a 'soldier of Christ', it has
nevertheless suffered gravely. As result, many persons are deprived of
graces needed to become 'perfect Christians'.
St. Thomas Aquinas: "Though he who is
baptized is made a member of the Church, nevertheless he is not yet
enrolled as a Christian soldier. And therefore he is brought to the
bishop, as to the commander of the army, by one who is already enrolled
as a Christian soldier."
EUCHARIST is rejected / belittled / abused, even among
Catholics. Some effects of Satan's subtle (and sometimes not so subtle)
attacks against the Holy Eucharist...
* Declining Mass attendance since the introduction of the
* Widespread disbelief in the
Real Presence since the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass
* Loss of focus on God & our sinfulness since the introduction of the
Novus Ordo Mass
* Loss of adoration for & reverence towards the Holy Eucharist since the
introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass
* 'Childish focus on lay participation' to the detriment of the Holy
Sacrifice since the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass
* Shifting emphasis from the Holy Sacrifice to mere "religious
entertainment" or a "religious gathering" since the introduction of the
Novus Ordo Mass
* Questionable consecrations since the introduction of the Novus Ordo
* Offensive 'social justice' orientation of many Novus Ordo Masses
* Very few references to
repentance, etc. since the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass
* Widespread Eucharistic abuses, including 'Communion
in the hand' by 'Eucharistic
ministers' since the introduction of the Novus Ordo Mass
* Frequent sacrilege (e.g. consider the
Sacred Particles spewed across
the floor in so many parishes) since the introduction of 'Communion
in the hand' at the Novus Ordo Mass
It is no surprise that
the highly inferior Post-Vatican II Novus Ordo rite of Mass has brought so much
wreckage in its train. This, THE most precious Sacrament of all - being
literally Christ - and a sacrament that is necessary for salvation - has
suffered undoubtedly the greatest Satanic attack of all. Books could be
written on the many issues with the post-Vatican II novelties (actually,
they have been written). There is little doubt that this, the MOST
precious of all Sacraments, has been attacked the most. That in itself
should provide ample evidence of a satanic attack. As a result of this
attack, many souls may be lost and, I presume, God has been gravely
offended. And do not relatively few of those who claim love God try to
change this? Do they even recognize there is a problem?
St. John, Jn. 6:53: "Jesus said to them,
'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.'"
St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:27: "Therefore, whosoever
shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall
be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord."
MATRIMONY is ignored & greatly abused, even among Catholics.
Some effects of Satan's subtle attacks against Holy Matrimony...
* Many who consider themselves Catholics today choose to live in a state
of sin rather than enter into Holy Matrimony
* Many who consider themselves Catholics today fornicate, causing them
to procreate outside of a lawful marriage, and many will subsequently
raise the (illegitimate) child as a 'single parent', thereby depriving
so many children of a proper two-parent Catholic upbringing
* Many Catholics today are 'divorced'
and 'remarried', even though marriage is for life and these 'remarried'
persons are really living in a state of ongoing adultery, not to
mention the fact such persons often generate new children which may then
be raised by the adulterous couple (obviously not a proper environment to raise good
* Many Catholics today, even if not 'divorced' themselves, tolerate
'divorce' and 'remarriage' (that is, adultery), not to mention sinful
cohabitation and carnal relations outside of marriage, despite the fact
that scripture tells us that fornicators and adulterers will not enter
heaven. See 1 Cor. 6:9-10: "Do you not know that the unjust will not
inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor
idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals
nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will
inherit the kingdom of God."
* Few Catholics today accept - or even know - the truth that the primary
purpose of marriage involves children [Note: As per 1917 Code of
Canon Law, Can. 1013 § 1: "The primary end of marriage is the
procreation and education of children"]
* Many so-called Catholics today sinfully engage in
* Many persons in the Church today promote an immoral use of
* Sadly, many Catholics today
falsely believe two persons of the same sex/gender
can be 'married' (an impossibility, of course, and a perversion that
must be very insulting to God, who made us male & female)
Pope Francis has recently chimed in with a scandalous document that
further harms marriage and elevates sin (Amoris Laetitia). As Sr.
Lucy of Fatima
said, the "final battle" with Satan will be about marriage and the
family. Clearly, the sacrament of Holy Matrimony is undergoing a severe,
widespread diabolical attack. As a result, many souls are likely to be
St. Paul, St. Paul, Heb. 13:4: "Let marriage
be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled, for God
will judge the immoral and adulterers."
is badly mistreated or challenged, even among Catholics. Some effects of
Satan's subtle attacks against Holy Orders...
* Many lay Catholics today fail to respect the power of and dignity of
Holy Orders - some even put themselves 'on par with the priest'
* Often Catholics today will usurp priestly roles that they have no
business engaging in (e.g. 'Eucharistic
laity transporting the Holy Eucharist to the sick,
speaking from the sanctuary, etc.)
* Many priests today fail to respect the dignity of Holy Orders (e.g.
using their first name instead of last as a general rule,
wearing 'street clothes', provoking laughter during the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass, being a 'buddy' instead of a Father, etc.)
* Fewer vocations are discerned among the fewer children people have
(for example, due to
contracepting couples and illicit use of
* It has been widely reported that good candidates are rejected and
abused by seminaries who do not want to ordain tradition-minded men
* Church leaders wrongly act as if those outside the only true Church
have valid orders when they do not have valid orders
* Many Catholics today call into question precious treasures of the
* The 'permanent diaconate' today (including the inclusion of
non-celibate men) may be seen as a further watering-down of the value of
the priesthood and of
celibacy in the minds of laity
Declining vocations in recent years is strong
proof that this sacrament has been under grave, yet subtle diabolical
attack. In fact, the more Holy Orders is attacked and belittled, the
more the other Sacraments are likely to suffer since the priest is the
minister or witness of them. In fact, Confession, Holy Eucharist,
Confirmation, and Extreme Unction could not even exist without priests.
So it makes a lot of sense for Satan to attack Holy Orders, and this
diabolical attack has been borne out in recent decades. As a result,
fewer people may receive life-saving sacraments and more souls may be
Dom Gueranger: "But since the disciple is not
above his Master, the Pastors and Doctors of the Christian people, if
they are faithful in the discharge of their duties, are sure to be hated
by the enemies of God; for they cannot spread the Kingdom of Christ
without at the same time taking from the power of Satan. Hence it is
that the history of the Church is filled with the persecutions endured
by her Pastors and Doctors, who continued the ministry and zeal and
charity begun by Christ upon the earth."
is ignored & rejected, even among Catholics. Some effects of Satan's
subtle attack against Extreme Unction...
* Many people today do not request this last Sacrament before
* Sick persons today may encounter
lay people instead of priests when they are at the hospital and may
therefore be unable to receive the sacrament in a timely manner
* Certain people today may see no need for this sacrament (e.g.
Faustina's 'Divine Mercy' devotion followers who wrongly substitute
their less powerful prayers for this powerful sacrament instituted by
* Some priests may be unwilling (or not especially eager) to dispense
As a result, persons may lack healing or even
die without the benefit of this sacrament. Sadly, this occurs when the
devil may be making his last & strongest attempt to get their souls
damned for all eternity.
St. Alphonsus Liguori: "At death, the Devil
exerts all his powers to secure the soul that is about to leave this
world; for he knows, from the symptoms of the disease, that he has but
little time to gain her for eternity."
It is clear that in the post-Vatican II Church,
the Sacraments are NOT being treated as the precious gifts they are.
Being the most precious treasures in the world (one being literally
Christ Himself), have no doubt that they are priority targets of Satan.
Attacks against them may very well lead persons to eternal ruin, thereby achieving Satan's 'greatest desire'.
I believe the above proves my theory regarding
the devil's attacks on the Sacraments. In short, Satan has a very strong
desire to attack these life-giving Sacraments, he has the actual intent
to attack them (as Sr. Lucy said about Marriage), he has had the
opportunity to attack them in this subtle way (especially since
Vatican II), and the results clearly show that there has, in fact,
been a subtle, yet successful & powerful, widespread attack on the
Sacraments over the last several decades - so who else could have done
this but Satan and his minions? It may be a somewhat 'new' way of
attacking - not attacking the Sacraments themselves - but disposing
people not to receive or consider them, to make them seem irrelevant
('putting them in the back of the drawer'), or even to abuse them is, I
believe, a subtle satanic attack. You can be assured that Satan is very
pleased when the sacraments are not used, misused, or abused, and when
souls are thereby lost.
Don't be deceived by Satan's tricks and lies.
Today some of his insidious attacks may be subtle, but that only makes
them more effective. The opening to these subtle attacks in recent
decades is clearly, at least in my opinion, Vatican II (remember Pope
Paul VI's famous post-Vatican II lament that "the smoke of Satan has
penetrated the temple of God"?), and subsequently with bad prelates &
modernists, and also in an array of troubling devotions (e.g.
Faustina's 'Divine Mercy' devotion) and false apparitions (e.g.
Medjugorje). Cling safely to
tradition and be well armed against all falsehoods of our modern
age, especially those slithering throughout the Church like a serpent.
But, thanks be to God, it is not all bad news.
Not at all. The good news is that Satan does not have to keep winning!
It is within our power to stop him. Catholics can (and must) go back to
the Sacraments that have been there for us all along. Use them
frequently (where applicable), and use them correctly. This is what God
wants, I am sure. They are truly extraordinary, potent & efficacious,
life-giving gifts from God that never fail us if we do not fail them.
Catholics must no longer let the amazing remedy for all our maladies
just 'sit in the back of drawers', disregarded and forgotten about, or
even abused. They are our life. Without them, we are hopeless - disarmed
against our powerful adversary who will do everything to secure our
eternal death. Yet,
Christ purchased the remedy for us with His Blood (which literally
REMAINS in the
Eucharist) and He and
Most Blessed Mother will be on our side in fighting against the
devil's attacks. Be on guard, and don't be so foolish as to let the
Sacraments - the great & powerful life-giving remedy handed down to us by God -
be ignored or abused, and therefore be useless to you. 'Open that
By Mary M.
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