Laughing at Satan!

Luke 10:18

And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

There are two ways of looking at Halloween.  Sure, from a Christian perspective it’s not especially great to have the kidlets dressing up as the devil and whatnot.  On the other hand, look at it from the devil’s perspective.  You revolted against God and fell from heaven in this primordial struggle against God Almighty Himself.  In your titanic pride you had high hopes of establishing yourself supreme in the universe.  You committed your greatest act of terrorism against God when you convinced His own precious Adam and Eve to revolt against Him.  You brought death into the human race and you thought you had it made when God, as it appeared to you, insanely chose to become human.  On Good Friday you finally had Him in your hand and you killed Him with all the savagery your fallen angelic mind could invent.  And now, for two thousand years, you’ve been watching your revolt crumble as the Risen One turned all your schemes into life for your victims and mockery for you.  Now, so far from ruling the universe, your face is on some stupid mask worn by a 6-year-old and the creatures you hoped to destroy are writing meditations like this one to pull your pointy nose and remind you that the Christ you killed has defeated you utterly.  Memo to Satan: Happy Halloween, loser!

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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