Diabolical Disorientation

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“Diabolical disorientation is when a person is disoriented by various tricks of the devil. These diabolical tricks are not simply a kind of possession portrayed on television and in the movies. The devil, the purveyor of diabolical disorientation, manages often to give the targeted person a perception quite different from reality and yet the person so diabolically disoriented is convinced what he thinks is the truth when it is actually a lie.

The devil disorients individuals by making them think that because of their wealth and successes, they are being blessed by God, when, at the same time, they are committing sin, cheating and lying, and are hurling themselves headlong into hell. Even worse than diabolical disorientation of an individual, is the disorientation of a whole society, which insults and ignores God and His Mother . . .

The diabolical disorientation we are talking about here is the disorientation of Catholics who think they are serving God, but embrace beliefs and practices which are gravely contrary to what the Church always taught and practiced. This disorientation has been produced in individuals and in large segments of the Catholic population, by the devil.”

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  1. The $64 dollar question: Why does God even allow the exercise of the diabolical power that He has forever—in history and in eternity—conquered? Evil is a power that is vastly stronger than any of His adopted people’s. And why does Grace—which is supposed to be infinitely stronger than the Devil himself—so often seem deficient?

    Is that to be blamed upon Grace’s recipients, for their failure to accept or use it sufficiently? But if the Grace of God Himself is so powerful, how is the former even an issue? And please: Don’t plead “free will” here. Because I will reply with “…in the image and likeness of God.”

    Bear with me, readers. But I have a fundamental problem with the idea that God provides all that the faithful need for salvation, but at the same time, allows the overwhelming power of tempation to be exercised unabated. This cosmic view seems to accord all the credit to God for any man’s success in Salvation, and all the demerit to any men who fail to gain it.

    Forgive me for putting it somewhat crudely: If a baptized believer is not saved, God’s rear end is covered. If the believer is saved, God takes the solo bow, no matter what kind of hell—or Hell—the saved one had to endure or withstand. Or, to put things in 21st-century technological terms: “New Adam” and “New Eve” rhetoric notwithstanding, Calvary was not a “reboot” of Eden.

    Is/was this God’s “plan”: to stack the deck against mankind ab ovo? Excuse me, but every year at the Easter Vigil, I choke when I hear this passage of the “Exultet”: Oh happy fault! Oh necessary sin of Adam.

    Don’t get me wrong: I have found no belief system that makes greater sense than that into which I was born and baptized, nor do I expect to ever find one that does. But that is not to say that I have no problems with it. The older I get, the more I wrestle with these issues. You’d think it would work the other way around. We have been told that we must believe first, in order that we may understand. I am still waiting for the latter half of that proposition.

    Many years ago, I asked a trusted confessor: Is is OK to complain to God?. His answer was quickly and unambiguously affirmative.

    • I don’t believe we should ever complain to God. We are precious to him and he loves the Believer, who obeys His Will for us by obeying His Law! No complaints but praise and worship Him and give him all the Glory!

      • I am precious to my wife, but that doesn’t stop me from complaining to her sometimes. Her patience with me spans over 40 years; God’s is infinite. Plus, He knows me better, and loves me anyway. Complaints and all.


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