Saturday, July 14, 2007

The Devil's Beatitudes

cross-posted over at Vox Nova

This reminded me of C.S.Lewis' The Screwtape Letters

If the Devil were to write his Beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:

  • Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians in Mass -- they are my best workers.
  • Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked -- I can use them.

  • Blessed are the touchy, with a bit of luck they may stop going to Mass -- they are my missionaries.

  • Blessed are those who try to appear very "religious" and get on everyone's nerves -- they are mine forever.
  • Blessed are the troublemakers -- they shall be called my children.

  • Blessed are those who have no time to pray -- they are easy prey for me.
  • Blessed are the gossiper -- for they are my secret agents.

  • Blessed are those critical of church leadership -- for they shall inherit a place with me in my fate.
  • Blessed are the complainers -- I'm all ears for them.

  • Blessed are you when you read this and think it is about other people and not yourself -- I've got you.

Author unknown. I found this at


Charles Cortez said...

Great post! Thanks . . . keep me thinking!

Joyce Paul said...

Cool post! The last "beatitude" was the zinger, yes?

Soutenus said...

I admit that last one had me humbled, too!

Daniel said...

I have printed this one out and taped it to my desk.
I think I will read The Screwtape Letters again. It reminds me of that book, too!

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