By Jim Bowman
. . . says Fr. George Rutler, a New York City pastor:
At one recent political convention, a Religious sister from a dying community, in secular dress, prayed not to the Lord, but to "O Divine Spirit" in a way that would have been unobjectionable to a Hindu or an Aztec. With concomitant vagueness, she said that an opinion on the killing of unborn life was above her "pay grade."
At the convention that followed, another Religious in full habit, who is a surgeon and former Army colonel, Sister Deirdre Byrne, made clear that naming the lies of Satan was not above her pay grade as she held her "weapon of choice: the rosary."
He works under the radar, "does not want anyone to know him . . . .
. . . and yet in the present discontent that afflicts our culture, many anarchists and Marxists invoke him. The desecration of churches and statues of saints is spreading. Twice recently, our own church [in the heart of Manhattan, an area known as "hell's kitchen"] has been defaced with Satanic symbols: not just the customary obscenities, but invocations of the Prince of Lies.
He's their hero, as he was Alinsky's, who dedicated his Rules for Radicals to Lucifer. [Snoopy Snopes, ahem, corrects this. It was in the book's epigraph, where he calls "the rebellious angel Lucifer . . . the first radical known to man." "Alinsky did not dedicate "Rules for Radicals" to Lucifer," huffs Snopes.]
I've known of this Lucifer reference for decades, accepting it as cute exaggeration, a trope. Or, as Snopes called it, "a literary allusion."
Alinsky was given to such exaggerations, as in his "If the end doesn't justify the means, what does?" (Which he may have stolen from NYC "power broker" Robert Moses.) His heart was in the right place, his friends believed. He was the social justice warrior par excellence – and of course dirty-tricks expert to boot.
No such exit is permitted to the paint-stained rioters, whose wanton destructiveness is beyond cavil.
As for Satan, that's a matter of rock-solid Christian belief, known as such by Tradition, through which Christian belief has been communicated, fleshed out, made memorable down through the ages.
A Desert Father around 300 A.D., Abba Apollo, had a vision of him: "The devil has no knees. He cannot kneel; he cannot adore; he cannot pray; he can only look down his nose in contempt. Being unwilling to bend the knee at the name of Jesus is the essence of evil." (cf. Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11)
A chilling picture.
The other malignant quality of the Liar, as revealed to Saint Martin of Tours, is that he can look as attractive as Christ, but he has no wounds. Instead of taking our suffering upon himself, the Anti-Christ inflicts suffering. That is his infernal nourishment and macabre ecstasy.
No wounds . . . inflicts suffering . . . his infernal nourishment and macabre ecstasy . . . Genuinely scary, that, but to some a hero.
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