Pope Francis: There Can Be No Dialogue With The Prince Of This World!

The Trappings Of The Evil One Are Subtle!

By:  Catherine Harmonpope-francis-2-300

“There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world: let this be clear!” Pope Francis reminded the faithful during his homily at this morning’s Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae chapel. Vatican Radio has excerpts from and a summary of the homily:

“The way of the Christians is the way of Jesus,” he said. “If we want to be followers of Jesus, there is no other way: none other than that, which He indicated to us—and one of the consequences of this is hatred—it is the hatred of the world, and also the prince of this world. The world would love that which belongs to it. [But Jesus tells us], ‘I have chosen you, from the world’: it was precisely He, who rescued us from the world, who chose us—pure grace! With His death, His resurrection, He redeemed us from the power of the world, from the power of the devil, from the power of the prince of this world. The origin of the hate [we experience], then is this: that we are saved. It is that prince who does not want that we should have been saved, who hates.”

…There are “many persecuted Christian communities in the world…indeed there are more persecuted communities in this time than in the early days: today, right now, in this day and in this hour.” Asking himself why this is the case, the Pope said, “Because the spirit of the world hates.” From this comes a perennially valid admonishment:

“There can be no dialogue with the prince of this world: let this be clear! Today, dialogue is necessary among us humans, it is necessary for peace. … But with that prince, it is impossible to dialogue; one can only respond with the Word of God who defends us, for the world hates us—and just as he did with Jesus, so will he do with us. ‘Only look,’ he will say, ‘just do this one small little scam…it is a small matter, nothing really.” And so he begins to lead us on a road that is slightly off. This is a pious lie: ‘Do it, do it, do it: there is no problem,’ and it begins little by little, always, no? Then [he says]: ‘But…you’re good, you’re a good person—You [get away with] it.’ It is flattering—and he softens us by flattery: and then, we fall into the trap.”

… “You may ask the question,” continued Pope Francis, ‘Father, what is the weapon to defend against these seductions, from these blandishments, these enticements that the prince of this world offers?’ The weapon is the same weapon of Jesus, the Word of God—not dialogue, but always the Word of God, and then humility and meekness. … These are the weapons that the prince and spirit of this world does not tolerate, for his proposals are proposals for worldly power, proposals of vanity, proposals for ill-gotten riches.”

“Today,” continued Pope Francis, “Jesus reminds us of this hatred that the world has against us, against the followers of Jesus.”…The Pope concluded with an invocation to the Virgin Mary, asking her, “to help us become meek and humble in the way of Jesus.”

Originally Posted at:  Catholic World Report

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7 comments to Pope Francis: There Can Be No Dialogue With The Prince Of This World!

  • Georgeann

    Dear, Holy Pope Francis,

    The Cardinals were truly inspired by the Holy Spirit when they selected you to lead our Catholic Church in these troubled, unsettling times. God is unchanging. His Word is unchanging. His message is unchanging. And I believe that you will be unchanging in staying strong against the evils we face today; same-sex “marriage,” abortion, women priests, etc. Be assured that I pray for you daily, as do countless other true believers of the Catholic Church and all her teachings. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary keep you close, and may St. Michael the Archangel surround and protect you always.

  • Di

    tg,
    I can tell you why…..”Pride”
    But it is not to late yet. We need for all the bishops and priests to say this prayer again.
    It can be said before the final song at the end of the Novus Ordo Mass since technically the song at the end of Mass is not technically a part of the Mass. The St.Michael prayer is not supposed to be lead by the priest(that’s what I have been told), but after the final blessing the priest can turn his back and with the congregation, say it with them.

  • tg

    “These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.”
    This part makes me wonder what Leo III saw in the future church when he had this vision. It seems to me like evil infiltrated the church which explains a lot of the scandals in the church.

  • tg

    Thanks, Di. For the long version of the St. Michael prayer. I wish we could go back to everyone saying the short version of the St. Michael prayer after Mass. It baffles me that it was removed. I say it twice a day and if I feel confronted by evil, I’ll also say it.

  • tg

    Love hearing the Holy Father talk about evil and the devil. I hadn’t heard talk about the devil in a long time. He needs to talk about hell, too.

  • Di

    Amen!
    Dear Pope Francis who loves our Lady so very much please re-instate these prayers again…..
    “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”
    “For the Greater Glory of God”
    Viva Cristo Rey!
    But we need to call on the protectors of the Church, that being St. Michael the Archangel and the Blessed Ever Virgin Mary Mother of God. They are the protectors of the Church and need to be called upon NOW!!! Time is running out for us, please please please re-instate these prayers at the end of EVERY MASS NOW…..
    3 Hail Mary’s
    Hail Mary, full of grace.
    Our Lord is with thee.
    Blessed art thou among women,
    and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,
    Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God,
    pray for us sinners,
    now and at the hour of our death.
    Amen.

    Original – Prayer to St. Michael
    “O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.
    “Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.
    “These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.
    “Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

    V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
    R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
    V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
    R. As we have hoped in Thee.
    V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
    R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
    Let us pray.
    O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”
    Roman Raccolta, July 23, 1898, supplement approved July 31, 1902,
    Shortened Version:
    Saint Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle.
    Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
    by the Divine Power of God –
    cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
    who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
    Amen.

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