Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here
Start your mornings with the good, the beautiful, the true... Subscribe to Aleteia's free newsletter!
Sign me up!

More from Aleteia

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

10 Powerful Weapons for Battling the Devil

Share

Christians face a spiritual battle each day

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 by Diane Montagna of Aleteia’s English edition.

Pages: 1 2

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]