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Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
He says not, against the fightings, nor against the hostilities, but against theBe sure to check out Saints and Scripture at The Kennedy Adventurewiles.For this enemy is at war with us, not simply, nor openly, but bywiles.What is meant by wiles? To usewiles,is to deceive and to take by artifice or contrivance; a thing which takes place both in the case of the arts, and by words, and actions, and stratagems, in the case of those who seduce us. I mean something like this. The Devil never proposes to us sins in their proper colors; he does not speak of idolatry, but he sets it off in another dress, usingwiles,that is, making his discourse plausible, employing disguises. Now therefore the Apostle is by this means both rousing the soldiers, and making them vigilant, by persuading and instructing them, that our conflict is with one skilled in the arts of war, and with one who wars not simply, nor directly, but with much wiliness. And first then he arouses the disciples from the consideration of the Devil's skill; but in the second place, from his nature, and the number of his forces. It is not from any desire to dispirit the soldiers that stand under him, but to arouse, and to awaken them, that he mentions these stratagems, and prepares them to be vigilant; for had he merely detailed their power, and there stopped his discourse, he must have dispirited them. But now, whereas both before and after this, he shows that it is possible to overcome such an enemy, he rather raises their courage; for the more clearly the strength of our adversaries is stated on our part to our own people, so much the more earnest will it render our soldiers. source is New Advent
Bishop Francesco Moraglia was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the important post of Patriarch of Venice on Jan. 31. Despite the enormity of the job, he trusts God will help him succeed...During the 20th century, three former Patriarchs of Venice have gone on to occupy the papacy - Pope Pius X, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul I.As far as the Latin Church, I knew there was a Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, there used to be a Latin Patriarch of Antioch, and the Papacy stopped using the title Patriarch of the West, but I didn't realize there was a Patriarch of Venice. It piqued my curiosity and I then did what anyone else would do... I looked on Wikipedia. There is currently also a Patriarch of the East Indies (Archbishop of Goa) and a Patriarch of Lisbon. There are also a few historical Latin Patriarchies that have no one holding those titles any longer.