The tactics of the devil – Saint Alphonsus Liguori

St Alfonso Maria

In Mauritania, there are Bears that go in quest-of the Apes, to feed upon them: as soon as a Bear appears, the Apes run-up the Trees, and thus Save themselves. But what does the Bear do? He stretches himself on the Ground, as if Dead, and waits till the Apes Descend-from the Trees. The Moment he sees that they have Descended, he springs-up, seizes-on them, and Devours them. It is thus, the Devil Acts: he makes the Temptation appear to be Dead; but when a Soul Descends, and Exposes Herself to the Occasion of Sin, he stirs-up Temptation, and Devours Her. Oh! how many Miserable Souls, devoted-to Spiritual Things, to Mental Prayer, to Frequent Communion, and to a, have by Exposing themselves to the Occasion of Sin, become the Slaves of the Devil!

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