Instead of being angry
at our neighbor when he harms us, should we turn our anger against Satan?
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According to the
Catechism of the Council of Trent...
devil...wages perpetual war against us, and pursues us with mortal hatred. If we
put on the armor of faith and the shield of innocence, he can have no power to
hurt us; nevertheless he unceasingly temps us by external evils and every other
means of annoyance within his reach. Wherefore we beseech God to deliver us from
the evil one. We say from evil, not from evils, because the evils which we
experience from others we ascribe to the archenemy as their author and
instigator. Hence instead of cherishing resentment against our neighbor, we
should turn our hatred and anger against Satan himself, by whom men are
instigated to harm us. Therefore if your neighbor has injured you in any
respect, when you pray to God your Father, beg of Him not only to deliver you
from evil, that is, from the injuries which your neighbor inflicts; but also to
rescue your neighbor from the power of the devil, whose wicked suggestions impel
men to wrong."
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