The Deceiver - Our Daily Struggle with Satan

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 The Deceiver: Our Daily Struggle With Satan
by Rev. Livio Fanzaga

“The devil, the ‘prince of this world,’ even today continues his insidious actions. Each and every man ... is tempted by the devil when he least expects it.”

Providentially, perhaps, that is the exact theme of Fr. Livio Fanzaga’s The Deceiver: Our Daily Battle with Satan—the top-selling religious book in Italy in 2000, now in English from Roman Catholic Books. Fr. Fanzaga, the Rome educated and Vatican-endorsed writer and director of Europe’s largest Catholic radio network, warns: Efforts to soft-pedal the reality and continuous threat of the devil have left many Catholics “unarmed and unprepared” to resist him. But the question is: How does Satan tempt and deceive us? How can we see through him, and resist him?

Drawing dazzlingly from Scripture, tradition, saints’ lives, and his pastoral experience, Fr. Fanzaga supplies practical answers:

  • Widespread misconceptions about Satan, his methods and his powers (shared by not a few devout Catholics)
  • How Satan “personalizes” temptations to take advantage of your peculiar weaknesses
  • Two “fundamental activities” of Satan, seen in Scripture
  • The False Benefactor: how Satan always has something seemingly “good” to offer at the moment of temptation
  • How individual corruption by sin can pass through families
  • How Satan takes advantage of human desire for happiness
  • The first (and most potent) defense against the evil one
  • How good angels will prompt us towards doing good
  • Why the undisciplined flesh is “the most insidious enemy of our eternal salvation.” Its extraordinary capacity to make us believe that the good is impossible
  • Why does God permit an experience—temptation—that could lead to our defeat?
  • How God not only permits, but limits temptations
  • How our culture of our conditions our thoughts and actions, even for those of us who resist its message
  • Temptation of Eden: what it reveals about the ways of Satan
  • The Serpent’s lies to Eve: each a crucial step in her seduction. How they are all loudly echoed in our culture today
  • How Our Lord faced his adversary in the desert (and the clear lessons here, for us)
  • The tempting illusion that death is still very far away
  • Why Satan does not challenge God directly
  • Why Genesis represents Satan as a serpent
  • Meaning of other Biblical images of Satan—such as the roaring lion and the furious dragon
  • Why we are much more vulnerable to the snares of evil than our first parents, Adam and Eve
  • The three types of “concupiscence” (proclivity to sin) against which we must constantly guard
  • Why revelation alone—not reason or science—is our source of knowledge about Satan
  • Two great events in history reveal the evil one
  • How we know from Scripture that temptation is lifelong
  • Why fallen angels, unlike men, were never forgiven for their sins
  • How Satan deftly hides himself behind people, things and events
  • Gospel passage spotlights origins of Satan’s hatred of God
  • How Satan imprints his own image—the “mark of the beast”—on his servants, just as God’s image is imprinted on His
  • Special sources of strength, when we feel abandoned by God
  • One “dangerous illusion” that sometimes accompanies victories over temptation
  • Remarkable parallels between modern ideologies like liberalism and Eve’s belief she would be acquiring “wisdom”
  • Satan as “counselor”: how he deceives us with “advice” from friends, acquaintances, even family members
  • The Spiritual Masters: what their reflections and teachings reveal about the human experience of temptation
  • The “hissing of the serpent”: how to recognize—and be ready for—the precise moment when temptation springs up
  • The trap of discouragement
  • The seven capital vices, and their linkage to temptation
  • Three ways Satan impedes repentance itself
  • True vs. false supernatural phenomena: principles and guidelines for discernment
  • Satan’s strength: not to be underestimated—but limited in one all-important way

    PLUS: How Satan tempts you with (and how to resist): Neglect of God and Prayer • Attachment to Material Things • Worries and the Anxieties of Life • Distrust • Complaining • Blasphemy • Irritability • Misunderstanding • Lack of Reciprocal Acceptance • Infidelity • Immodesty • Lust • Curiosity • Gossip • Foul Language • Deception • Injustice • Dishonesty • Vanity and Pride • Jealousy and Envy • The Refusal to Forgive • Misuse of Free Time • Television and Entertainment

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