– From the Mystical
Revelations of Maria Valtorta –
THE HATRED OF SATAN
[Nov. 7, 1945]2
I want to explain a "why" to you, Maria, and to correct in you a mistaken thought. This will calm your anxiety.
Know then that it was invitable that you should experience the hatred of Satan. Every victim soul experiences it in one way or another. Because to be a victim soul is to be, as far as one can be, like the Redeemer in one's person and ministry, and also in one's triumphs. These triumphs are defeats for Satan.Which is easy to understand. This ministry is like a sword which wounds him, and like a hook which snatches prey from him. This too is easy to understand. This resemblance [to the Redeemer] in one's person is another grief in the infinite grief of Satan, because his condemnation is to hate that which at the same time he craves.
Do you know how Satan burns with desire, with remorse, with nostalgia for what he has lost? Understand Me, it is not from a spirit of love—for he cannot love. But from the perfect pride of his spirit. What he lost is the Kingdom where he was the head of the angels. He suffers not only for not being an angel, but for not being their head, inferior in splendor only to God. But since all of Paradise is centered in God, Satan, being unable to go to God Himself by force of circumstance, goes where God is present [in the just]. God is still approachable by Satan—the Accursed One, the Outcast—God is approachable in human flesh. And that was the case when I was on Earth. Or rather—and this is what has happened for twenty centuries—Satan goes to God Who is present and active in a just man.
Therefore, Maria, do not say and do not think: "Like seeks like, and therefore I am damned because the damned persecute me, always coming near me." No. It is not thus. Not for love. But from hate Satan comes near you; to draw near to the treasure he lost, and torment himself for having lost it. Every just soul is a Paradise where God abides, along with His power. From hate for the prey lost: the just soul. From hate for all the prey that the just soul snatches from him: the souls saved by a just soul. His craving goads him to come. And so too, it goads all the damned who are his.
Listen, Maria: Do you not fly away with your thoughts—and if you could, you would do it also with your body—do you not fly to places where you had once known peace? To your boarding school, for instance? Yes. Well then, the damned, those who are truly damned, besides being tormented by hate, they are tormented by an unceasing restlessness and by a nightmarish longing—so intense is it—for the life they lost, and lost so miserably; being at once terrified of and attracted to the God they lost, they approach the just. It is a moment of...calling it an "escape" is an error, since one does not escape damnation. But they believe that by coming near the just in order to torture them, and to torture themselves with remorse, is escape.
Oh! there is nothing that can give them relief! And even that which is refreshment for all others: the nearness of a creature breathing out peace, the aura of God, is changed for them into a more bitter torture. And yet, they come, because they are the "restless" par excellence; because they are the "disordered" par excellence; and they cannot subject themselves to God-Order Who has confined them in the place they merited for eternity. From remorse and from hatred of God they come to be tortured and to torture, to bring disorder on Earth near the just, they: "rebels" toward any law of Order and of Love.
Are you persuaded that they come to you because they are "unlike" you? Besides, this is a sign which should not dishearten you, but confirm your soul in hope. This is a painful sign, I know; a frightening sign, I know. It was expected, it was necessary. Many others, more or less honestly, more or less holily, have desired it. It was in the soul of your [spiritual] Director3 so that he could witness with more proof that you, My daughter, are in My arms. It was and is in the souls of others, in good souls or deniers, who know that where God is, so is envious Satan too, in an eternal struggle...
But have no fear! I am the King. And there is no other outside of Me. Satan is always a subject, and he cannot prevail over the rights and affections which I—the Only and Mighty God, Lord and Creator of the Universe and of the kingdoms of Light and Darkness—have over souls and for souls.
Be at peace, Be at peace. Gethsemani was completely full of Satan. But it was the dawn of My Triumph.
God is with you.
— NOTES —
Maria Valtorta, Quadernetti
Pisani / Centro Editoriale Valtortiano srl, Via Po
95, 03036 Isola del Liri (FR), Italia, 2006): 54-56.