THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Today, Easter Sunday, we renewed our baptismal promises during
the Mass. When asked, did the Catholics at Mass understand
when they responded, “I do”? Unfortunately many
you renounce Satan?” Many Catholics no longer believe
that Satan is an actual being that exists. Many, if they do
believe, do not look to Satan at all, considering him irrelevant
or of no consequence. Big mistake. Satan is the fallen angel
Lucifer who totally opposes God and whatever good God causes
to happen. His desire is to see more of us join him in hell.
He is the one who has dominion over the world. He is committed
to bringing us down (pun intended). As such, we are engaged
in spiritual warfare. Not to be mindful of Satan is then not
to oppose him. Not to oppose him is suicidal.
all his works?” All the bad things in the world are
Satan’s works. God created only what is good, but Satan
has corrupted what is of God, whether it is sex, authority,
possessions, leisure, etc. Everyday we come face-to-face with
Satan’s worksat home, in school, at the workplace,
in our neighborhoods. And since Satan comes as an angel of
light, we need to be able to discern if we are faced with
Satan’s works and so turn away from them.
all his empty show?” Satan’s works are attractively
packaged. He is a master showman. He invites, cajoles, tempts,
entices. For fleeting pleasures. For things that do not truly
satisfy. Just look at the ads, whether for white teeth or
smooth underarms. Look to the flesh, satisfy your human desires,
be attractive (on the outside). This leads us to be unmindful
of the spirit, of true beauty that is inside.
world wants us to indulge in consumerism, materialism, hedonism.
This, the world says, is the way to happiness. It is not.
you renounce Satan, and all his works, and all his empty show?
If not, then you are not a child of the Resurrection, and
you have not really experienced Easter Sunday.