Satanism as opposed to Deification Through Christ
(CEV) “The Notebooks 1944”, p. 35)
Jesus says: “Among the many things which the world denies, puffed up with pride and incredulity as it is now, is the power and presence of the devil. The atheism which denies God of course denies Lucifer as well, the one created by God, the rebel against God, the adversary of God, the Tempter, the Envious One, the Crafty One, the Tireless One, the Emulator of God.
I have already told you that Satan, who became such through a sin of pride -even now that he has plunged from the realms of the Most High, which he dared to assault, into the deep abyss where there is darkness and horror- has wanted to establish in that depth a copy of the heavenly court and have his ministers and his angels, his subjects and his children, and in his manifestations he camouflages himself as a spirit of light, covering his appearance and his thought as the Most Lowly One with deceitful sheaths copied from the Most High to draw you into error.
But those who really live with their spirits vivified by Grace hear the false sound and see beyond the appearance and by spiritual intuition recognize the Seducer behind the phantom showing itself. This evidently occurs for those whom the three virtues protect with a holy defense and whom Grace vivifies. The others -and not just the atheists who deny, but the lukewarm who slumber, the indifferent who do not observe, the thoughtless who do not reflect, and the imprudent who go forward like madmen- cannot see Satan beyond the innocuous appearance or the hypocritical appearance, and they become his bait.
Do not deny the existence of Satan, children who perish from always denying, denying everything. He is not a fantasy of silly women or a medieval superstition. He is a true reality.
“Satan exists. And he is tireless in acting. Above, God is tireless in good. Below, Satan is tireless in evil. The words of the psalm are not a pretty pious phrase, and the Apostle’s words are not the fine phrasing of an orator. Satan roams about you like a roaring lion and acts in darkness to carry you to himself. Although by now your incredulity, your indifference, and your atheism would allow him to act even in the light, openly, since you open the gates of your souls wide to him and with your unbridled desires say to him, `Come in. Provided I get what I want in this earthly hour, I’ll make you the lord of my self.’ If it weren’t that way, you could not arrive at that manner of life which you have reached and which causes God and his saints, servants, and children horror.
But remember that metaphorically, artificially, or in reality Satan acts deceitfully in darkness. He coils around you with the windings and subtleties of a snake lying in ambush in thick bush. Although he sees you already so torn away from God, he still does not dare to present himself face to face and say, ‘It’s me. Follow me,’ for he knows you are cowards in evil as in good. There are still a few bold ones among you who in this explicit encounter would dare to say, ‘I’m coming.’ You are hypocritical even in evil and, while desiring his help, you do not dare to confess this desire.
But Satan has no need for words. His glance pierces your hearts, as mine does. I see your lust for Satanism; he sees the same thing and acts.
After having tried to destroy the Christ by tempting Him, the Church by giving her periods of darkness, Christianity with schisms, and civil society with sects, now, on the eve of his manifestation preparing for the final one, he is trying to destroy your consciences after having already destroyed your thought. That’s right-destroyed. Destroyed not as the capacity for thinking as men, but as children of God. Rationalism and science separated from God have destroyed your thought as gods, and you now think as mud can think: on an earthly level.
You do not see God impressed with his seal on the things your eyes see. To you they are stars, mountains, stones, waters, herbs, and animals. To the believers they are works of God, and with no need for anything else they immerse themselves in contemplation and praise of the Creator in the face of the numberless signs of his power which surround you and beautify your existence and are useful for your lives.
Satan is now assailing consciences. He is offering the fruit of your pleasure, a greed for knowledge, pride, and the sacrilegious hope of managing to be gods, gnawing at the flesh and at science. And pleasure makes you animals burned by lust, repellent, sick, and condemned in this life and the other one to the diseases of the flesh and the death of the spirit. And the greed for knowledge places you in the hands of the Deceiver, for, out of illicit thirst to know that which concerns the mysteries of God, in attempting to impose your will to know upon God you enable Satan to seduce you with his errors.
You cause Me pity. And you cause Me horror. Pity, because you are madmen. Horror, because you want to be such and mark the flesh of your souls with the sign of the Beast, refusing the Truth in exchange for Falsehood.
And can you believe that Satan will serve you? No. It is much more likely that God will grant you what you request, if it is something licit, than for Satan to give it to you. Satan has himself be served. And I assure you that for an hour he asks for your whole life, for one triumph, all of eternity. And can you believe that by saying, ‘I want this,’ God will want it? No. God wants what is for your good. Not everything you want.
And can you imagine that at your command God and his ministers will come to you? No. Only a chaste, holy life; only a life crowned by the three torches of faith, hope, and charity; only a life defended by the other virtues practiced against Satan, the world, and the flesh; only a life led in my Law, in my doctrine, which is in my fourfold Gospel and has been the same for twenty centuries-and will be the same as long as the earth and man exist-only a ‘Christian’ life-that is, a life like Christ’s, of devotion, obedience, and faithfulness to the Father, of constant generosity-obtain for your spirits that purification and sensitivity which can allow you to receive God and his ministers in such a perceptible manner as to give you the joy of vision and the joy of simply inspired or really spoken words.
I said, You cannot serve God and Satan at the same time. No. Where one is, the other is not present. Your life is a sign of God, and your life is a sign of Satan.
When you are capable of reflection-on the assumption that there is still some area of your souls free from the possession which slays-examine yourselves, your works, the inspirations you receive. If you see they are honest, even in merely human terms, say, ‘The power of God may be here.’ But if they are contrary to human morality and poles apart from superhuman morality, also say, ‘God cannot be here, but his Enemy.’
And you, already perverted to the point of having embraced the accursed religion which I call ‘Satanism’-that parody of religion which is sacrilege and a crime- remember that I don’t need darkness, solitude, and magnetism to come. I am Light, and my saints are light.
I do not fear the sun and do not fear the crowd. I can snatch out of the midst of a crowd and appear as the Sun in the sun. “My disciples can say how simple, sweet, spontaneous, and absolute my coming to them is, how I lift them beyond what surrounds them, plunging them into the light and the sound which is Heaven coming to them.
They can say how after every contact they feel their matter lose weight and take on spirituality, how after every fusion the flesh dies a little more and I live more and more intensely in them. I, the Victor over the flesh, the instrument of Satan, and therefore the Victor over Satan.
They can say how, renewed ever more deeply, they die mystically each time and always rise again more spiritualized.
They can state the peace, the serenity, and the equilibrium which are in them, the intelligence, love, and purity. Not human, even more than superhuman. Mine, for I become them, and they become Me. The creature no longer exists. I exist. They are a drop of blood in my Heart. I live. I reign. I make them gods because I assimilate them to Myself.
Satan cannot give what he does not give: to become like God. I give this to these disciples of mine because I fuse them to Myself and deify them in that fusion.”
Maria Valtorta: The Notebooks