Bp. Ignatius writes: One possessed by this kind of spiritual deception fancies of himself [the second form of prelest is called ‘fancy,’ mnenie in Russian] that he abounds in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This fancy is composed of false concepts and false feelings, and in this character which it has it belongs fully to the realm of the father and representative of falsehood, the devil.
Note how Francis’ remarks to his brethren reek with self-importance:
"I do not recognize any transgression in myself for which I could not atone by confession and penance. For the Lord in His mercy has bestowed on me the gift of learning clearly in prayer in what I have pleased or displeased Him."
This is the talk of a vain, self-righteous, self-contented individual, not a humble repentant sinner. His words “are far from genuine humility”.