Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli suggests doing these things to deflect the most common spiritual attacks.
Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
This is a basic truth that we often forget, as we don’t typically see the enemy of our soul with our eyes. However, just because we can’t see him, that doesn’t mean the power the devil can have in our lives is lessened.
Italian priest Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli gave his thoughts about defending oneself against the devil in his spiritual classic The Spiritual Combat, published in 1589. He suggests that the key lies in evaluating how we view ourselves.
If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.
Here are some numbers:
- 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
- Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
- Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
- Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
- Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
- We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)
As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.
Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!