An old man once said, “When a man said to his companion, ‘Forgive me,’ and at the same time humbles himself, the devils are perplexed.”
Think about how you feel when someone is genuinely contrite and apologizes to you?
Conversely, how do you feel when making amends to those you have hurt?
Both are examples of God’s grace.
The devils are perplexed because all too often we do not ask for forgiveness or make amends, driving a wedge deeper between all involved, including God.
When we make amends, we expose our frailities and are reminded that it really isn’t about just us. No one is perfect, but occasionally we deceive ourselves into thinking we are.
I’m all for perplexing Satan as opposed to deceiving ourselves.
Thanks to Fr. Thomas Moore for the quote.