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If I were the devil…

The following is from a homily given by Fr. Eric Clark a short time ago.

If I were the devil…

womanoftheapocalypseIf I were the prince of darkness, I would want to engulf the whole world in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — thee.

So, I would set about however necessary to take over the United States.

If I were the devil in the U.S. today, I would not go after political leaders for they have lost their credibility with the public.  Nor would I go after church leaders, for the present world has lost faith in God.  Nor would I tempt celebrities for many already belong to me.

No, if I were the devil, I would go after the very root of society, the basis of civilization, the essence of love.   If I were the devil, …………I would go after families.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to them as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.”

I would tempt them to give up communication.  I would convince families that social media was more important than socializing at the dinner table.  I would entice them to living vicariously through families on the T.V., so they forget about living in their own family.

If I were the devil, I would tempt husbands and wives that making a career was more important than making a family.

I would convince a husband that hanging-out with the ‘boys’ had a higher precedence than spending time with their children.

I would persuade wives that listening to the newest gossip on the street must take a priority over listening to how their children’s day in school went.

If I were the devil I would convince husbands to turn their loving eyes from their beautiful wives to getting their lustful satisfaction from a computer screen through pornography.

I would pull at the sensitive heart strings of the wife away from her husband into the false reality of emotional porn in soap operas and reality shows.

I’d sway the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that living together is the way to be.

If I were the devil I would lure spouses into seemingly harmless relationships at work until they became infatuated with another person.  So much so, that they would leave their whole family behind to follow this fantasy.

I would coax families to believe that pregnancy is a disease that must be treated through contraception.  I would take their fertility away and instill fear in their heart until they turned away from God’s plan of creation of a new life.

If I were the devil, I would redefine marriage as a covenant between man and woman. I would convince people that it is not a sacrament given by God but rather a legal contract that can be entered into by anyone and disregarded as easily as it is to enter into it.

If I were the devil, I would keep families busy with sports, entertainment and activities so much so, that they would not have time to pray together.

“In other words, if I were the devil, I’d just keep right on doing what he’s doing.” [1]

[1] This homily is an adaptation from a radio broadcast of Paul Harvey, 1964.


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