Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday Mornings with Augustine

1 Peter 5:8

Satan’s Tricks

We must use all our discernment when Satan acts as an angel of light. For by his trickery, he could lead us into harm’s way. But while he only deceives our physical senses, he doesn’t distort our minds. He can’t pervert the pure judgment that enables us to lead a life of faith. Therefore, our religion isn’t in danger.

If, pretending to be good, he does or says the things fitting for good angels, and we believe he is good, our error won’t hurt our Christian faith. But when he leads us onto his own path through these good things that go against his nature, we must be very careful to detect and refuse to follow him.

How many people could actually escape from all of the devil’s deadly tricks, without God restraining and watching over them? The difficulty of the matter prevents us from trusting in ourselves or in one another. It leads everyone to place their confidence in God alone. Certainly no pious person can doubt that this is very useful for us.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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