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Satan Uses Three ‘Poisons’ to Tempt Us

ROME — Pope Francis said on Sunday that the devil tempts humans with three “poisons” to separate us from God: attachment, disbelief and power.

in his weekly Angelus message In St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reminded pilgrims that “devil” means “divider” and that Satan is always trying to separate people from God.

Recalling Jesus’ temptation in the desert, the Pope noted that the devil “separates Jesus from the Father and seeks to distract him from his mission of unity for us.”

Satan is trying to take advantage of Jesus’ human condition, which had been weakened by the 40 days of fasting, and is trying to poison him with three types of poison to undermine his mission.

“These poisons are obsession, mistrust and power,” he continued, adding, “We live in these temptations all the time.”

Material attachment, mistrust, and the thirst for power are three pervasive and dangerous temptations that the devil uses to separate us from the Father and render us powerless. It no longer makes us feel like brothers and sisters, leading us to loneliness and despair. “

“He wanted Jesus to do this. He wanted us to do this. To lead us to despair,” he added.

The pope went on to emphasize that Jesus overcomes these temptations by “avoiding discussion with the devil and answering with the word of God.”

“This is important. You cannot argue with the devil. You cannot have a conversation with the devil. Jesus confronts him with the word of God,” he declared.

Jesus “never converses with the devil. He does not negotiate with him, but he repels his insinuations with the merciful words of Scripture,” he said.

“You can’t beat him by negotiating with him. He’s stronger than us,” he said. “We defeat the devil by opposing him with faith in God’s word.”

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