Finally, as St. Peter tells us, let’s remember the evil spirit goes around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, he says, strong in faith. The word faith in St. Peter in which this passage occurs is not only faith in the sense of believing, it is faith, especially in confidence, in trust. Last, God will never permit us or anyone else to be tempted by the evil spirit not only beyond our strength but what we seldom say beyond our light. We have enough faith to recognize the machinations of the evil spirit and enough strength to resist him but, and with this I close, we must have great confidence that Christ, Who is God in human form, Who allowed himself to be tempted by the devil, and remember if God become man was tempted by the devil and He wants us to learn from him, what is Christ telling us? We are also going to be, we are also being tempted by the devil, so not to be surprised but to be absolutely sure that because Christ overcame the devil before us and we are in His grace then we have both the faith as light and the faith as confidence. To first recognize him and distinguish the evil spirit from the good spirit and secondly, no matter how strongly he may tempt us, we can resist him, but we must pray, and not just for ourselves, but for all the people of God, because it is especially the people of God that the devil is tempting so they might become people of satan. Let’s ask our Savior to help us recognize the devil and resist him.
Conference Transcription from a retreat that Fr. Hardon
gave to the Handmaids of the Precious Blood