Dealing with the Devil
Here is an article from Rome by the leading Exorcist on the subject;
Many say there is no devil, this is his favorite ploy that he does not exist.
Sr. Anne Catherine Emmerick the greatest visionary in Church history
said in the early 1800's that he would be let loose in the late 20th cent. and with
his cadre of demons rise in power like never before since the time of Noah. It
is rare that you have an overt attack, as in you are conscious that he is tempting
you. While these attacks can be unnerving you can simply plead the Blood of
Christ and he is powerless against the blood of the Lamb. I have had several
of these over the years. The more subtle attacks are easier to succumb to until
you realize what is going on and the signs; which are easier to combat when you
stop and think about the situation, instead of continuing down the path he is trying
to lead you down. It will always involve sin, no surprise there, but he is very subtle.
Some of his tricks are to make you anxious and upset about someone or an
incident. Than while in this excited state it is much easier to manipulate your
thoughts and actions. He is speaking to you even though you don't hear him,
like you hear another person talking to you. Once many years ago when I went
to a party at a friends house I was allowed to hear the conversations of the
spirits on top of the people talking to one another. Sr. Emmerick said that
we have and evil spirit with us along with our Guardian Angel. The evil one is
loud and God's angel is soft spoken. You know what is right and wrong
the commandments, it is the devil that wants you to break them. He can work
through others to cause you to sin. Some will want to justify what they are
doing by having you join in or look the other way while they sin, an example
is from the final message of Garabandal, ... Before the cup was filling up,
now it is full and overflowing. Many Cardinals, Bishops, and priests are on
the road to perdition, and they are taking many souls with them. ... We sin
by our thoughts and our actions, by what we do and what we fail to do.
Unfortunately many religious leaders do not talk about the devil and sin
which is a great disservice to their congregation, for they become
complacent instead of being vigilant and are easier to catch off guard.
Another clear sign is if what you are doing is done in the dark, if what
you are doing can not stand the light of day it is probably something you
should not be doing. I find this a lot in groups who like to operate in secret.
That is where it is easy for sin to move in and grow. From John;
3:20 For every one that does evil hates the light, and will not
come into the light, for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it
may seen plainly, that what has been done has been done by God.
We are not unarmed against the adversary. Prayer, reading the
Bible, and attending Mass and receiving the most Holy Eucharist ,,
will strengthen you for your battles, and there will be battles. It is not
uncommon to be attacked while you are praying, reading or attending Mass.
By distractions or more overtly with background thoughts or chatter to
making you sleepy and interruptions to list some of the main tactics used.
Perseverance is the key and to stay focused on what you are doing, prayer,
reading, or worship. So if you find yourself becoming anxious about a
situation ask God for help, He will not abandon you, He may not do what you
think He should either, but your relationship with your Creator will grow. You
will fall, we all do, for He will send trials that you will not pass. That is why
His Son came, to pay the price for our sin and that if we call upon His name
and humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness we will be forgiven.