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Tuesday, September 3, 2002

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Pope St. Gregory the Great

1 Corinthians 2:10-16
Psalm 145
Luke 4:31-37

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the rout is on

"The demon threw him to the ground before everyone's eyes and came out of him." —Luke 4:35

"It was to destroy the devil's works that the Son of God revealed Himself" (1 Jn 3:8). Jesus began His public ministry driving out demons (e.g. Lk 4:33ff). Jesus gave His Church "authority to expel unclean spirits" (Mt 10:1). In Baptism we reject Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. "Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above" (Eph 6:12).

Is the kingdom of Satan suffering great losses because of Jesus working through you? Are you and the people around you committing fewer and fewer sins? Are mortal sins less frequently committed in your family, church, business, neighborhood, and city? What strongholds and sophistries of Satan have fallen during your years of living in Christ? (see 2 Cor 10:4) Does Satan have more reasons than ever to be raging at you? Is your picture in the post office in hell? Are you on the "wanted" or even "most wanted" list for Satan?

Use fully your Christ-given authority over Satan. Place Jesus' enemies beneath His feet (Heb 10:13). Rout demons.

Prayer:  Father, I join in the Church's attack against the gates of hell (Mt 16:18).

Promise:  "But we have the mind of Christ." —1 Cor 2:16

Praise:  Pope St. Gregory didn't allow disease or ailments to discontinue his work for the Church. Despite failing health, he cared for his people in every way that he was able.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Spiritual Warfare or on audio AV 57-3 or video V-57.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002