6. Use Jesus’ weapons in the desert
Prolonged and authentic prayer, constant mortification (fasting) and familiarity with the Word of God, through meditation and putting it into practice, are effective weapons for combatting and defeating Satan.
7. Talk with a spiritual director
St. Ignatius warns us that the Devil loves secrecy. Therefore, if a person is in a deep state of desolation and opens up with a spiritual director, he or she can overcome the temptation. Keeping total silence is like hiding a cut or a deep wound under one’s clothes. Until the wound is exposed to the sun and disinfected, not only does it not heal, but the infection gets worse, gangrene may set in, or even worse, one risks amputation. Once the temptation is revealed to a spiritual director, one gains power over it.
8. Have recourse to sacramentals
The appropriate use of sacramental can be very effective in battling against the Devil. These three sacramental are especially effective: the scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Medal of St. Benedict and holy water.
9. Invoke St. Michael the archangel
In our battle against Satan, we have to employ every weapon. God has chosen St. Michael the archangel as a faithful angel, the Prince of the heavenly Host, to thrust into hell Lucifer and all the evil spirits. St. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God,” is as powerful today as in times past.
10. Invoke the Most Holy Virgin
Mary is the human person whom Satan fears most, according to many exorcists (based on what the demons themselves have said). Mary has many titles: invoking her under one of them is a very useful way to cast away the Evil One. The ancient serpent, the Devil, can lash out against you spitting his poison, but if you ask Mary for help, she will crush his head.
Translated byDiane Montagnaof Aleteia’s English edition.