St. Thomas’ treatment of this topic is a wonder to read.

Note Article 4 where he mentions that “a twofold place of punishment is due to the demons: one, by reason of their sin, and this is hell; and another, in order that they may tempt men, and thus the darksome atmosphere is their due place of punishment.”

This should be understood as that the demons were cast out of their celestial home where they were originally created and enjoyed natural happiness. That they now have to stay around this universe has got to be less pleasant for them than that previous environment.

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