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The devil is real. We fail to recognize the reality of his existence and power and therefore we often fall prey to his many tricks. Satan’s goal is to lead us away from God and to separate us from Him for all eternity…Satan wants us to despair, to give up, to separate us from God and lead us to hopelessness. We cannot fight this spiritual battle on our own. We fail because we rely on our own resources. We fail to grasp that a missile is coming in from the enemy. We try on our own to defeat Satan. We cannot succeed on our own.
(Father George P. Schommer, O.P.)