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Is satan female or Androgynous?

Nov 20, 2014

Good morrow Father Flynn,

Is satan actually a female or can satan assume male or female form? The reason I ask is:

Acts 19:35 – the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from Heaven.

Luke 10:18 – He replied, ” I saw satan fall like lightning from Heaven.”

Rev 12:9 – Dragon was hurled down.

Could this be the reason that so many do not like the prayers to the BVM [i.e. rosary, etc.]?

Thanks in advance,
Steve K

Asked at 10:00 pm on November 20th 2014

Dear Steve:

Satan, like the Angels, is a pure spirit without any body and hence neither male nor female.

We know from the accounts of a number of saints that Satan can assume a variety of bodily forms – animals, men or women – when he tries to tempt people. For example, St Anthony of Egypt was tempted by devils who appeared as wild beasts and also one as a woman.

It is also said that the devil appeared to St Colette not only as various animals but also as a dragon.

Satan fears Mary not because she is a woman, but because of her special place the the Mother of God. In Joan Carroll Cruz’s book, “Angels and Devils,” she quotes St Louis de Montfort as saying that: “Satan, being proud, suffers infinitely more from being beaten and punished by a little and humble handmaid of God, and her humility humbles him more than the divine power.”

Mary’s role as an intercessor for us is explained in the Catechism.

“969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”512

970 “Mary’s function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power. But the Blessed Virgin’s salutary influence on men . . . flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, depends entirely on it, and draws all its power from it.”513 “No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer; but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.”514”

Replied at 02:29 am on December 01st 2014