Since the devil is called the “Seducer”, we need to pose the question: how does he lead the human person astray? St Thomas Aquinas masterfully tells us that the devil tries to persuade us to consent to sin through the power of rationalization or blandishment that is, the devil tries to get us to deceive ourselves in the art of choosing an apparent good. In Gently including people to turn their attention to a particularly attractive sin, Satan tries to catch everyone in the false belief that the sin is a question is at least not all that bad; and, that seeming good which is manifested by an appearance of a delightful outcome, is still very needful for personal fulfillment. In any case, the evil one is the expert at getting us to evade reality.
Therefore, the need to develop a prayer life so that each and all can face reality as it is and not as anyone desires it to be. It is not by accident that the greatest ends “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” but if someone chooses a sinful action, he lets that person have the freedom and the consequences of that choice, the purpose behind the difficulty of temptation:409. This drama situation of “the whole world is in the power of the evil one” makes man’s life a battle:The Whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the power of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.
This excerpt is taken from the Book “The Hidden Enemies of the Priesthood.”