The Devil

We don’t hear about Satan, or the devil, in church too often but he is real.

The devil is a fallen angel who has chosen to reject God forever. He is jealous of men and wants us to choose against God like he did.

While we shouldn’t obsess over him, we should not ignore him either.

His only mission is to keep you from getting to Heaven.

Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called “Satan” or the “devil”. The Church teaches that Satan was at first a good angel, made by God: “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 391

The devil exists:

Scattering, accusation, deceipt, and death are a signs of the devil:

Whoever sins belongs to the devil, because the devil has sinned from the beginning. Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3: 8

Like the angels, the devil has no physical body:

Because there is a devil, there is a real need for exorcists:

Many passages in the Gospel show us that we are dealing not just with one Devil, but with many. But the principal one is Satan, which means the adversary, the enemy; and along with him are many others, all of them creatures of God, but fallen because they rebelled and were damned—a whole mysterious world, convulsed by a most unfortunate drama about which we know very little.

Pope Paul VI, General Audience, November 15, 1972

The devil tempts us with things that God has already promised us: 

We can defend ourselves against the attacks of the devil:

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