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Thursday, May 24, 2007
Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer: Concerning the Devil

The Advocate vs. The Accuser

In a few months I will publish a book on exorcism and deliverance by which I hope to educate the Church Militant on the reality of spiritual evil and the truth of the Church’s power against it. On this weekend where our Church celebrates Pentecost, the great Feast of the Holy Spirit, I offer an excerpt from this upcoming book to highlight the influence of the Holy Spirit in defending our cause against the accusing spirit of the devil. If we are to fight for the salvation of souls, we must know our enemy and experience God’s love as the protective shield against all his evil.

The following excerpt is taken from the chapter entitled, “The Devil, His Minions, and His Activities.”

What do we call the principle of all evil and why?

There are three common names by which most people describe the font of all evil: the Devil, Satan and Lucifer; each of these names comes to English from a different language. The name “Devil” comes from the Greek word διαβολοξ (diábolos), which literally means “one who throws things around” in the sense of creating the chaos for which he is so famous. The name “Satan” comes from the Hebrew verb “to accuse” and is variously translated as “the accuser,” “the tempter,” “the persecutor,” “the calumniator” and “the adversary.” Not ironically, the Church, taking her cue from the Gospel of John, calls the Holy Spirit, “The Advocate,” (i.e., defense lawyer) in order to remind us that the depredations and accusations of our principle enemy are always met with one more powerful than he who takes our side in a fight.

“Lucifer” is a name that derives from the Latin meaning “light-bearer,” commonly understood as his God-given name before he fell from grace. This name is cited in St. Jerome’s Vulgate translation of the Bible in the Book of Isaiah 14:12-16. This potent creature has always been considered by the tradition of the Church as one of the most powerful angels that God created. It is speculated that his name was “Light-Bearer” because he was a Seraphim angel, the highest order of the angelic hierarchy, and the order of angels whose Hebrew name describes something that burns with the ardor of love. Lucifer’s fall from grace did not deprive him of his natural powers but rather corrupted those powers for the perverse work of undermining God’s plan of salvation for men.

Among all the many references to this wretched being in the Bible, the Book of Revelation is one of the best sources of knowledge about him and his plan to destroy God’s children. He is described in Rev 12:9 as “a huge dragon, the ancient serpent, known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world.” The devil’s most serious indictment came from our Blessed Lord who called him, “a liar and the father of lies,” and “a murderer from the beginning” (Jn 8:44). The New Testament refers to this origin of all wickedness nearly three hundred times to warn us of his presence and work.

As we celebrate the feast of Pentecost with our Church, let us make a profound act of faith in the Holy Spirit, that, no matter how evil our times may be, God will never abandon to the power of evil those who call upon Him. Let us call upon the Holy Spirit to protect us and our loved ones and to renew the face of the earth!


del_button May 27, 2007 at 11:11 PM
tiny tim said...

1. Where did Satan come from?
2. The real identity of Lucifer is clearly spelled out in Isaiah. Who is it?
3. Why is the book of Revelation, the LAST book in Scripture, is "best source of knowledge" about Satan? It's a prophetical and highly symbolic book. If you really tried, one could probably convince the masses that the sky is red by quoting from Revelation.

Evil comes from man. Sin is a result of man giving into lust. Mankind takes full responsibility for everything it does. God doesn't allow for the buck to be passed.

del_button May 29, 2007 at 8:12 PM
Anonymous said...

This must be one of those examples of deafening silence you only read about in books.

del_button September 8, 2009 at 6:31 PM
Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to get in touch with Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer? I am a devout Roman Catholic and am very concerned about my son. He has told me a few years ago that he has welcomed satan into his life. Presently he is in a mental hospital and I can not help but wonder if the reason the medication is not working for him is because of the evil he has permitted to enter him. Please e-mail me directly if you can help Please pray for my son his name is David and he is 22 years old

del_button September 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM
Matthew said...

I would try to contact him through Human Life International

del_button November 5, 2009 at 10:13 PM
Anonymous said...

Father I saw you on Ewtn today, and you were talking about the devil. Most people do-not believe, or delibrately choose to deny the existance of evil so they can keep on sinning thereby keeping themselves in spirtual darkness.

It was May of 1985 and I had the most wonderful experience of my life, I became inwardly illuminated with the light and love of the Holy Spirit, I was called from spirtual darkness into the light in a instant, (knowing nothing about the Lord, and never reading the bible I was instantly converted like Paul) I was not seeking God, but he sought me out during one of the happiest times of my life, what followed was my keen/supernatural perception of the Evil that is all around us, in my spiritual immaturity I taunted it telling this Evil presence that Goodness was stronger then Evil and Love was stronger then hate, I intuitively knew this to be true, after persisting in mocking this Evil creature over and over again I got attacked and became possesed by this most hateful vulger creature that words cannot describe, I was consumed by a presence that had complete control over me, I felt the rage and hate of the Devil, I forced my hand to my head to make the sign of the cross and the instant my fingers touched my forehead this beast came flying out of me, with my heart beating faster then ever, I asked the Lord for protection, I was scared and confused how could this happen to me? after being filled with the Holy Spirit and feeling a foretaste of Heaven how could this be possible? This happened to me two more times I was only 21 at the time and I knew through inspiration that I had to go to confession to be saved, I thought to myself if I go to confession this will protect me from this evil, and I was right, that is what I did and I have never been attacted like that again. I could talk much more about my experiance that lasted 3 long month's a secret I held for many years, for I thought who is to believe? I will never forget the supernatual Love that I experienced from the Father, I could speak more and my testomony would be true, what made me write this is that you said that the best way to get rid of Evil is to go to confession, well I am here to tell you that you are 100% correct. My life is full and blessed today and the single most important thing that I can do is to serve the Lord by doing only His will.....



del_button January 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM
Anonymous said...

Is there way to contact Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer in an effort to be freed from what I believe is satanic influence over several areas of my own life ? I am not talking about exorcism, as I don't feel I need it, but maybe deliverance is the better word.

del_button August 4, 2010 at 11:47 PM
Anonymous said...

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer does not believe in understanding we as americans have choices....we can choose what religion we are, we can choose what job we want. we also can choose what god we believe. a man like this does not deserve to be heard since he does not listen to anyone else. he is what is wrong with america. he tricks and decieves young woman into not having abortions for his own agenda. may you Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer rot in hell, you piece of shit

del_button August 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM
Anonymous said...

More twisted logic. As you can see, here is an individual already doomed on the inside and projecting his / her own self hatred on who he / she believes is their accuser. How typical. Father NEVER denied anyone his / her right to believe as they wish, but you must be ready to accept the consequences of your free choice. Father, please forgive them, but don't let them sway you. We need priests like you to insure that youg women do NOT follow the path laid out by this sick soul. Funny how Father never needs to resort to vulgarity when stating his position. Truth always hurts those in rebellion against God, as this person's response clearly illustrates.

del_button October 2, 2010 at 12:37 AM
Roger said...

Can you unequivocally prove God is more real than santa claus? I personlly don't know but from many years of research and clear reality based logical thought process, lean toward not beliving in any organized religion. Faith is beliving... Facts are stubbron reality. As a sober minded individual i'll take fact over faith in a life or death circumstance (ie medical operation) everday...

del_button October 3, 2010 at 10:35 AM
AL said...


This is a great question and one which i struggled with personally for many, many years until I was blessed, through no merit of my own, with a visit from He who I could not bring myself to believe in despite my very best efforts. All I can tell you is that He is who He claims to be. The greatest explanation of the proof of God, which came from the late Fulton Sheen, was as follows. He asked "Where does one's conscience come from". It can't come from the dictates of society otherwise you could induce it to testify in your defense. But conscience stands firm whether we like it's findings or not. Why is it that conscience will approve us even when society reproves, or, better yet, why does conscience reprove us when society approves. Sheen's conclusion is that this implies a standard outside of ourselves, independent of our environment, and that is God. If this sounds far fetched, I assure you, I could not believe it myself until my own gift from above. A suggestion: Tell Him of your unbelief ( He already knows it ) and ask Him to help your doubts. He is the ONLY one who can unlock the mystery of each individual that He makes. I will keep you in prayer.

del_button October 25, 2010 at 12:35 PM
Anonymous said...

I love you Jesus, I praise you Jesus, I thank you Jesus. I want to follow you every day of my life. I specially pray for the souls that reject you like anonymous 8/4/10 11:47pm. Jesus loves you even when you reject him. Jesus is waiting for you. Jesus is the only way to the Father!

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