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Part Four

We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power

of the evil one.”

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The Lord who has taken away your sin and pardoned your

faults also protects you and keeps you from the wiles of your

adversary the devil, so that the enemy, who is accustomed

to leading into sin, may not surprise you. One who entrusts

himself to God does not dread the devil. “If God is for us,

who is against us?”

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Victory over the “prince of this world”

169

was won once

for all at the Hour when Jesus freely gave himself up to death to

give us his life. This is the judgment of this world, and the prince

of this world is “cast out.”

170

“He pursued the woman”

171

but had

no hold on her: the new Eve, “full of grace” of the Holy Spirit, is

preserved from sin and the corruption of death (the Immaculate

Conception and the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God,

Mary, ever virgin). “Then the dragon was angry with the woman,

and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring.”

172

Therefore

the Spirit and the Church pray: “Come, Lord Jesus,”

173

since his

coming will deliver us from the Evil One.

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When we ask to be delivered from the Evil One, we pray

as well to be freed from all evils, present, past, and future, of which

he is the author or instigator. In this final petition, the Church

brings before the Father all the distress of the world. Along with

deliverance from the evils that overwhelm humanity, she implores

the precious gift of peace and the grace of perseverance in expecta­

tion of Christ’s return. By praying in this way, she anticipates in

humility of faith the gathering together of everyone and everything

in him who has “the keys of Death and Hades,” who “is and who

was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

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167

1 Jn

5:18-19.

168 St. Ambrose,

De Sacr.

5, 4, 30: PL 16, 454; cf.

Rom

8:31.

169

Jn

14:30.

170

Jn

12:31;

Rev

12:10.

171

Rev

12:13-16.

172

Rev

12:17.

173

Rev

22:17, 20.

174

Rev

1:8, 18; cf.

Rev

1:4;

Eph

1:10.

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