The pope’s pro-life theme was echoed in his homily on Monday morning for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. The reading from the Book of Revelation reminds us that the battle in heaven is centered on Satan’s attempt to destroy the woman and her child. “Satan hates man.” the pope said simply. Satan therefore hates the pro-life cause and loves the culture of death. Pope Francis continued about Satan, “So many, many projects for the dehumanization of man are his works, simply because he hates man.” Satan “is subtle—the first page of Genesis says so. He is subtle, he presents things as if they were good. But his intention is destruction.”
The pope’s teachings consolidate and pound home a profound and constant pro-life theme: human life is good and beautiful, but Satan is a real and powerful enemy. It is only through the power of Christ the Lord that the murderous rage of Satan can be defeated, and it is the constant call to all Christians to engage in that joyful battle against the powers of death— to embrace and rejoice in the gift of life.
The Rev. Dwight Longeneckeris the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary in Greenville, South Carolina. His latest book is The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth and Beauty. Learn more about it at his website, dwightlongenecker.com.