Well, this reluctance to make the presence of the devil in our lives a reality seems to fit quite well with what long ago we were frequently instructed in church and in school, for if I were the devil I would certainly focus my efforts on diminishing the importance of attendance at Mass, of prayer and the sacraments, and I would encourage the dismissal of believing in anything as silly as the devil and the existence of evil in the world. I’d likewise diminish the sanctity of marriage and family; I’d promote an ideology of sexual liberation, why, I’d work overtime to infuse the church with scandal, and permeate a mindset that obedience to the magisterium is optional and open to debate.
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.