Devils are fallen angels. They are pure spirits and purely evil.
When they willfully separated themselves from God, His Will and His Ways, they effectively tossed themselves out of Heaven and into hell.
Let us reflect on the ‘Prayer To Saint Michael’:
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who wander the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Now, consider the phrase: ‘the wickedness and snares of the devil.’
By wickedness we understand that the devil is not a lover and/or protector of the things of God (which are all good, all beauty, all true, all love, all magnificent and pleasing). The devil will do anything to trap (ensnare) humans and trick them into failing their earthly test (a test designed to prove a soul’s worthiness for obtaining the eternal reward of being admitted into Heaven). The devils have many snares, in all shapes and forms. They use whatever they can to pull souls away from aligning their wills with the Will of God.
The devil is a master of lies. Lying is an art form for him. Sometimes he will take a lot of truth and add, to it, a smattering of error and the gullible will swallow up the error like a child will take in a bitter medicinal pill when it is wrapped with a sweet covering.
Jesus said to the Pharisees, “You are of your father the devil: and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning: and he stood not in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father thereof. (vos ex patre diabolo estis et desideria patris vestri vultis facere ille homicida erat ab initio et in veritate non stetit quia non est veritas in eo cum loquitur mendacium ex propriis loquitur quia mendax est et pater eius)” [Gospel of St. John Chapter 8 Verse 44]
One of the tricks used by the devil is to disguise himself as a ‘good angel’: an ‘Angel of Light.”
The term ‘Angel of Light’ is a ‘politically correct phrase’ and like all such phrases, it means the opposite to what it really represents (i.e. in this case the pleasant sounding ‘Angel of Light’ really means ‘angel of darkness’ or more simply: the devil).
The aforementioned ‘Prayer To Saint Michael’ is the short-form. The longer version specifically mentions devils disguising themselves as ‘Angels of Light.’
In the longer prayer we see:
“…that monster, the old serpent who is called the devil and satan, that seduces the whole world, was cast into hell with his angels. But now that first enemy and homicide has regained his insolent boldness. Taking on the appearance of an angel of light, he has invaded the earth, and, with his whole train of evil spirits, he is prowling about among men, striving to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to capture, to destroy, to drag to eternal perdition the souls destined to the crown of eternal glory…”
Beware ‘the angel of light.’
Consider this excerpt from a biography of Saint Vincent Ferrer:
From his youth, St. Vincent Ferrer frequently spent the night in prayer. Meditating on one occasion before the altar of the most holy Virgin, the tempter (a devil) appeared to him in the guise of an ancient Father of the Desert, having a beard which reached to his girdle. Approaching the Saint, he said, ‘Brother Vincent, I am come from heaven, to visit thee, on account of the affection and compassion that I feel towards thee, that I may give thee some advice that will be useful to lead thee in the path of heaven without wearying thyself in the course of the journey. I am one of the celebrated anchorites who peopled the solitudes of Egypt. In my youth I led a dissolute life, and yielded myself up to the pleasures of sense. Afterwards, fearing to be surprised by a sudden death, I resolved to change my life, and retired into the desert, where, already satisfied with the enjoyments of the world, and aided by God’s grace, I entered on the life of an anchorite. I obtained pardon of my sins, and buried myself in that retreat, where I occupied myself only in pleasing God. If, then thou wishest to attain the summit of perfection, and to end thy life in a holy manner, follow the advice that I am about to give thee. Do not afflict thy body in the flower of age, nor practise such great mortifications. No one can liver without sooner or later yielding to the demands of his passions, and it is better to do it in youth than at a more advanced age. When we reach the period when it is fitting that we should fear death, then, by fervent prayer and sincere repentance, we can easily obtain the pardon of the carnal pleasures that we have tasted of in youth, and gain heaven, there to enjoy its pure delights in the company of the angels and of so many other penitent saints.”
Hardly had the angel of darkness, transformed into an angel of light, delivered himself of these last words, than he believed that he saw St. Vincent Ferrer tempted against the constancy and perseverance in the enterprise of mortification through which he had resolved to preserve his baptismal innocence until death. But the valiant soldier of Jesus Christ, arming himself with the Sign of the Cross, and pronouncing the sweet names of Jesus and Mary, exclaimed, ‘I have consecrated to God my youth and my old age, because I wish to give Him my whole life.’ Then the devil, seeing himself discovered and vanquished, fled in confusion, howling frightfully, and leaving behind him a fetid and insupportable stench.
Let us imitate Saint Vincent Ferrer by boldly resisting the sneaky traps by which the devil would trick us into abandoning our commitment to doing God’s will.
Dear Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for all the graces You bestowed upon Saint Vincent Ferrer and upon all Your Angels and Saints. Amen.