And no wonder! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Corinthians 11.14




« He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. »
Luca 10.18



« For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of deepest darkness to be kept until the judgment. »
Peter 2.4



«Il puro spirito sceglie così il male in piena libertà, senza che nessuna luce al mondo possa sviarlo, convincendolo di ignoranza e di errore, mostrandogli che si sbaglia. Infatti è evidentemente un errore il fatto di collocare il proprio bene in ciò che realmente non è il proprio bene – in una cosa amata sregolatamente e senza misura – ma egli lo sa bene quanto voi, e perfino meglio di voi, e nonostante ciò lo compie. Questo errore è appunto la sua colpa, essa non la precede, ed egli la commette consapevolmente e volontariamente. Egli non sbaglia strada prendendo la cattiva strada per la buona, egli sbaglia strada scegliendo in piena cognizione di causa la strada che sa cattiva; in breve, niente l’ha ingannato, il funzionamento naturale della sua intelligenza non si è guastato in niente; egli fa ciò che ha voluto, va dove ha voluto, verso ciò che ha voluto»

Jacques Maritain (1882 – 1973), Il peccato dell’angelo.




« quomodo cecidisti de caelo
lucifer qui mane oriebaris
corruisti in terram
qui vulnerabas gentes »

Isaia 14.12




« But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”
When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus. »

Revelation 12:8-17




Lo duca e io per quel cammino ascoso
intrammo a ritornar nel chiaro mondo;
e sanza cura aver d'alcun riposo,
salimmo sù, el primo e io secondo,
tanto ch'i' vidi de le cose belle
che porta 'l ciel, per un pertugio tondo.
E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle.

Dante Alighieri, Inferno Canto XXXIV

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