The Best Protection Against Demons and Evil Spirits

DevilIn the gospel reading today, Jesus was preaching in the synagogue while a man with an unclean spirit was listening.  The unclean spirit inside the man recognized that Jesus was the son of God, and cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have you come to destroy us?  I know who you are – the Holy One of God!”  This man may have for all appearances sake, seemed as normal as you and I, but underneath his external appearances, a demon lay hidden inside of him.

If you speak with any official exorcist in the Catholic church, they will tell you that demons do not usually take possession of a person without their permission.  Involuntary demonic possessions can occur, but most of the time a person has done something to encourage the evil spirits.

No one should ever play with Ouija board games, because this is a well-known way that demons are invited into the world.  Ask an exorcist about this.  It isn’t just a game.  Tarot cards, mediums, fortune tellers, voodoo, Wicca, witchcraft, the occult, or any other fascination with the spirit world, or the dead, can attract and encourage evil spirits.

Even if a person did these things out of fun when they were a child or a teenager many years ago, a demon can lie hidden inside a person, undetected for a long time.  This is probably what happened with the man who had the unclean spirit in the synagogue, that Jesus cured in today’s gospel.

Demons can not stand the name of Jesus, let alone be in his presence.  In fact, the name of Jesus is an effective way to cope with the presence of demons.  But, the best way to cope with demonic attacks or harassment, is to grow in holiness yourself.

The best protection against demons and evil spirits is to attend mass regularly, go to confession and have a regular, consistent prayer life. We receive grace from Jesus, through the sacraments and prayer, and by genuinely living by God’s commandments.

It can happen though, that the closer a person grows to Jesus, the more the demons or evil spirits will harass them.  This is ordinarily in the form of temptations.  The demons will size you up and look for your weakest area and then go for the juggler, so to speak.  Bait, distraction and division are also some of the main tactics they use to draw you away from the Lord.  If you ever experience a genuine demonic attack, or feel like you are being harassed by an evil spirit, the best way to cope with it is to go to confession, attend some extra masses, and then spend a little more time than usual praying before a tabernacle or at adoration.

Jesus is always stronger than the demons, or even Satan himself.  They can’t stand his presence, but they are attracted to him, and to holy things and holy places, but they keep at a distance, like in the synagogue in today’s gospel.  The church building itself is not a barrier to the demons, but the Eucharist, holy water, and confession is  – they can’t touch them or come near.

Holy water and blessed salt can be used in a home, especially in doorways and windows.  People often wear a Saint Benedict medal that has been blessed too, for extra protection from the evil spirits.  Praying the rosary often helps, because if you remember, our Lady crushed the head of Satan beneath her feet.  And of course, the Saint Michael prayer is very well-known too.

There are many people who believe that demonic influences are simply a form of mental illness though.  Sometimes a person does have a mental illness.  Sometimes they are being genuinely harassed or possessed by a demon.  And, sometimes it’s both.  It’s not an either or situation.  Genuine demonic harassment can put so much stress on a person that they develop mental problems.  Who wouldn’t have some emotional or mental issues if a real demon was harassing you?

If you, a family member or a friend ever experience a demonic attack that you can’t handle, don’t be shy about talking to the exorcist in your diocese.  The priests who serve as an exorcist can help in many ways, and that is what they are there for.  Actually, many protestants and non-believers contact Catholic exorcists too.  There are many people in our modern society that quit believing the devil is real, and therefore, not many members of the clergy have been trained to be exorcists.  However, there is usually at least one official exorcist in every diocese.

The Catholic church has also been actively increasing the number of trained exorcists, because Satan’s influence on our world has increased in recent decades, especially because of the increase in satanism and involvement in the occult, especially among our young.  Satan worship is a formally recognized religion in many countries of the world now. In the US, it is a legally protected religion.

We shouldn’t be too concerned about the demons and evil spirits though. They can’t do anything without Christ’s permission, which is very evident in today’s gospel.

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Welcome to A Catholic Moment! My name is Laura Kazlas and I'm the creator and founder of A Catholic Moment. Catholics read a lot of different things on the internet these days, but this website is a place for Catholics to read, reflect, and discuss the daily readings for Mass. Our website is run entirely by a group of volunteer writers who have a genuine love for the scriptures that we have for Mass each day. I was personally raised by atheists, but came to believe in God and was baptized because of the words in sacred scripture. I later became a Catholic because of the Mass. The first time my husband took me to Mass, I thought it was the most holy, beautiful sense of worshiping God that I had ever experienced. I still do. My husband John and I have been married for 30 years. We have a son, a daughter, two granddaughters, and a cat. I currently serve as the coordinator of Catholic prison ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon, in the USA.

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  1. Hi Laura, I am a trained, registered, Ordained Spiritual Warfare Minister. Your article is very good. Keep up the good work! My wife Sharon is a Sensitive/ Intuitive and we have been working cases together since we met and married 15 plus years ago. I am 55 years old now and have been a ghost buster (For Real), since the age of 10. Believe me when I tell you that this just scratches the surface! I have assisted in exorcisms where the one taking control of the rights has varied from Catholic priests to exorcists from all branches of faith, Lutheran, Christain, Baptist, etc. I am a devout Catholic and my wife is strong in her Lutheran faith. I too have taken control of the rights for an exorcism and stepped in and taken over the rights when the priest has fallen ill or been harmed and cannot continue! The one common denominator we all have which allows some of us to be successful in Spiritual Warfare is FAITH, HUMILITY and LOVE for the victim! (Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner)!! In addition, we all know that we hold NO POWER over the situation. It is the belief we have and the ability we have to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us! In closing I will just add that EVERYONE has been given the power through Jesus Christ to rebuke and banish demons! “If You Resist, He must Flee”. There is no rhyme or reason for demonic infestation, oppression and possession. We are all at risk and we are all targets simply because we are human beings and created in Gods image. Demons are repulsed by us and regard us as a disease to eradicate. Good Luck and God Bless. Rev. Shawn.

  2. How can I get someone to come expel many demons and spirits in my home. I’m exhausted from them and I hear them and I know boards have been used multiple times in my home and my father died here. There is a lot of spiritual activity happening and I need peace. I feel constantly being judged in a negative way and negativity is so strong. Please ! I feel like something is haunting me and wants me to kill myself yet there is the sweet ones that bring peace. I need real help !

  3. Dear Trish. Please go see a priest. Do not feel self conscious or nervous about it. An exorcist can come to your home, if needed. So, the first thing to do is contact a priest and ask to be referred to the exorcist in the archdiocese. Until you can see him, go to Mass, confession, pray the Saint Michael prayer and a daily rosary. Eucharistic adoration also strengthens you. Many people wear a specially blessed Saint Benedict medal while they are being harassed. Sprinkle holy water throughout your home, especially in the doorways and Windows. Good luck, and don’t listen to anything the devil tries to lead you to believe or do. He is a Liar and is not telling you the truth about yourself, and Jesus is stronger than he is.

  4. My name is Jennifer. I am 40 years old and have been dealing with evil presences since I was a child. I am a very faithful Christian and am a daily Bible reader and prayer. I love the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, & with all my strength. That being said…evil is drawn to me like moths to a flame. The mental anguish I can deal with somewhat although stressful; coping with being talked to by invisible things that even make non-believers skin crawl…in foreign languages (that after researching are often biblical in nature and I’ve decifered, with the help of the internet, in Hebrew, Latin, Greek & on rare occasions…Aramaic; but its the physical attacks (especially when I’m asleep) that are starting to “take its toll” on me. I wake up with large bruises on various parts of my body often…as well as large welts that are red and inflamed that feel like my skin is on fire and are hot to the touch and both vary from hand prints (larger than my own (with or without claw indentations), fist prints like I’ve been punched, and in fewer cases but it does occur, bite marks. Most often they occur when I sleep (which I sleep an average of 3-5 hours a night) but I have had many instances where I have been in a fully conscious state when assaulted. The majority of incidents happen while I am alone but there have been a number of times where others have been present to witness these events. (Needless to say it is traumatizing for those present…especially when in long-term relationships. Even when I dated a minister…when they can’t help be it also creates a sense of hopelessness in them.) I’ve been to confession (no help), I have drank holy water and have been blessed with it by multiple priests as well as being blessed and annointed with oil, I’ve had my house blessed, I pray and read my Bible daily and I BELIEVE FULLY in the power and strength of the Lord and His son Jesus Christ dying for my sins. And I have checked into getting an exorcism done but I’m not possessed and its a whole lot more difficult to get the catholic church to agree to do one these days than your site suggests. So I’m at a bit of an impass and I’m trying to figure out what to do before I am permanently injured or just don’t wake up. These demons are extremely powerful and this morning I woke up with large swollen bruise on the back of my hand, a bite with clearly defined teeth marks on the back of my calf, and the folded blanket that I sit next to my pillow on my bed reeked of sulfur (and I have witnesses to confirm all these). So if you have any suggestions that I haven’t tried I would greatly appreciate hearing them…I know that the Lord doesn’t allow us more trials than we can handle and if it is beyond what we can bear then we are provided a means to escape ( 1 Cor 10:13) But I have been unable to find my escape route so please advise (preferably sooner than later). Thank you and Praise Be To God.

  5. Thank you so much for your prayers and advice Laura. I appreciate it very much. I will try to get ahold of the Vatican trained exorcist as soon as possible. In answer to your question, yes the assaults have happened in multiple other locations. Unfortunately I honestly think these things are drawn to me and not focused on a location. Incidents have occurred at the homes of friends of mine, in my parents homes (this has been occurring as far back as I can remember and my father (adopted) was in the military so we moved every few years), in Indiana, Arizona, Montana, Pennsylvania and even in Germany. (We were stationed at a base in Germany for 3 years 1986-1989). I have been assaulted in my car (if not for the Grace of God, that one would have killed me), I have been attacked in public in front of strangers (terrifying, embarrassing & difficult to explain when paramedics are called) and I was even followed into a Catholic Church once by two of the stronger spirits (a very surprising experience).

    I know they like to try to wear me down physically, mentally and spiritually…to try to keep me in a weakened state. Even at my weakest I always bring up to them that through my weakness, God will be my strength as He was for Paul in 2 Cor chapter 12. I do my best to battle them with the Word. I’m just tired and if there is a way to lessen the pain and frustration, I would like to know how. (And I know that just giving in to evil is NOT the way to fix things even though some have tried to convince me otherwise). Thank you again for your caring and for your prompt response Laura. Praise Be To God.

  6. I will pray for you. I am very sorry for what you are going through. It is really hard. Please see a priest though, preferably an exorcist or at least a priest who believes in the devil’s real presence in our lives. Going to confession and praying the rosary, extra Masses, etc. will help. Please try some of the things listed in this article. May Jesus Christ protect you and keep you safely in his loving care.

  7. Hi Laura, I was thinking of the girl who commented named Jennifer.I wanted to give her advice to get olive oil and bless it in the name of the father the son and Holy Spirit.Find a powerful prayer to pray over it and tell God what she wants done. She needs to annoint herself daily, annoint her everything in her home, annoint her bed and pillows. Even her food.She also need to be reading poweful bible sciptures out loud daily.God said his word is like a hammer that breaks the rocks into pieces.He also said when you speak his word he will make it fire and make your enemies wood.When you don’t have no preist or pastor to help you what do you do? You have to become your own priest.Tell her to get the bible on cd and play in her house on repeat.She needs to learn to cover her life and everything in it in the blood of Jesus.Sje needs to take authority in Jesus name and command those entities out of her body and house.Also get the book prayerer that route demons by John Ekhardt. Please get this advice to Jennifer.I wanted to give her this message but your site did not allow it. The more you take authority in christ the mire piwerful you become.She akso need to add fasting weekly to cut the demonic strongholds.She hast to fast alot.I am talking from experience.My story is heart breaking but it made me stronger.I feel compassion on people like Jennifer.I know what it feels like to feel all alone with no one to help.I don’t know what open these domonic doors in her life but when she begin fasting God will reveal them to her and what she needs to get rid of.Do not keep statues in your house of any kind.God hates them.She needs spiritual house cleansing.Please get this to her.Thank you

  8. I have had a demon attacking and harassing me every night for the past 5 months. Our priest came out and did Deliverance prayers and blessed the house, and although we could clearly feel the Holy Spirit fill our home, the demon did not leave. It backed off for a couple of days, but then was back attacking me and my cat nightly and sometimes during the day. These are physical attacks. I have a very involved story which I am too weak and tired to write about, but I would like to know if there is an exorcist priest that I can contact. My diocese does not have an exorcist. The next diocese closest to my city does not have an exorcist. Both of these dioceses are in large metro areas with populations of at least 1 million. I can’t believe that neither has an exorcist. I really need one. I know that to participate in the sacraments, go to adoration and truly strive to grow in holiness will help, but what if I’m the only one in the home doing this? Will it start attacking the others instead? I don’t want that. I’d rather it attack me than anyone else. Right now, it only attacks me and the cat. The others in the house have seen it. It seems to be attached to the house, and in particular, one area and not any one person, though I am the only one that it attacks physically, the depression and illness in this household and the continuous ongoing misfortune has been experienced by all of us. I’ve always felt an oppression here and it has escalated from that to harassment and attacks. I think occult activity may have happened in the house before our family owned it. This demon is not phased by holy water, the name of Jesus, Mary, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chapet, any of the Saints I petition for intercession, like Padre Pio, St. Benedict, St.. Gemma, St. Theresa of Avila, St. John Vianney, and several more who all have experienced demonic attacks.It will attack me when I’m praying a rosary aloud. It will attack harder if I play EWTN recordings of the Divine Mercy Chaplet or recordings of the Rosary. I am going to set up a prayer altar in my area of the house, but I’ve been so challenged by the attacks that I can barely get anything done. It keeps me up all night, so I sleep all day now. Then if I need to get up, I cannot. I simply cannot physically or mentally wake up and get out of bed (not normal, it’s almost like I’m drugged). I’ll sleep from 8-14 hours a day. I’m concerned about being exposed to this thing so much. I’m always on the verge of vomiting. It feels like it is draining the life out of all of us. Me, in particular, and it has caused some problems between myself, and those who don’t know the faith or how debilitating this can be and on top of chronic physical illness. I really need help. Can you recommend a Catholic exorcist who is in line with Rome and the Magesterium?

  9. Do you live in America? Yes, I know a Catholic exorcist that was officially trained in Rome. Could you get in contact with me through my personal email? llkazlas@hotmail.com. I can’t give you any official advise but it certainly sounds like the house itself, residual from a previous resident. Please email me to obtain the exorcist’s name and phone number.

  10. I am a Catholic who has been persecuted by demons since age one, at least, and have but one piece of advice for the people who are being persecuted by them. Surrender to God. The goal of these demons is to make you so wound up that you can no longer surrender to anyone-even God.
    Jesus wants for you to abide in Him and trust in Him too. Love God, trust Him, and talk with Him. Talking with someone means listening too, which means you must surrender yourself to Him. “When I am weak, I am strong.” That is what Jesus said. God be with you.

  11. i think when im alone im constantly watched by someone,i see dreadful dreams at night also im likely to get angry constantly argue with my parents,stay away from holy objects most times, AM I REALLY POSSESSED? BY A SPIRIT OR GHOST please reply me im a school going child i need HELP , IF IM POSSESSED BY CHANCE AM I GOING TO DIE ? IM SCARED PLZZ HELP ME OUT

  12. You really need to tell this to an adult that you trust, as soon as you can. Are you a Catholic? If so, can you go see your parish priest, or any priest you feel comfortable with? The first thing to do is talk to someone who will take you seriously. Do you have a family doctor? He would also be a real good place to start. Your parents may not understand what is going on with you, but if you tell them about this it might help. I really do think your parents, a priest and a doctor could help you. If you feel like you are being watched, then you are probably not possessed and certainly not going to die. Even if holy objects seem repulsive, please pray anyway. Go to confession. Trust Jesus. You can trust him with anything, but most especially this. He will defend you and comfort you if you will take refuge in him. You can’t do this alone.

  13. My armour was rosary three times a day, St. Philomena’s oil and holy mass three times a week. (I wanted more but I couldn’t go). Meditation three times a day too and divine office prayers. These things didn’t free me completely, just helped to lead quite a normal life. Gregorian chants and especially Stabat Mater helped to sleep. Sleeping tablets didn’t work. Finally I was encouraged to go to Medjugorje. Afterwards I met the diocese egzorcist – he doesn’t believe that a possessed person can take communion. So I am insane, according to him 🙂

  14. I found fr. Ripperger’s lectures very useful. He confirms that even very holy people can be possessed. I don’t claim to be holy because I know my sins and weaknesses. The feeling was like the evil and the good were very close to me. At that time I could pray but not much, just listened to Gregorian chants and watched a video of crucifixion from a film. Later on it was a partial possession. A few weeks with just one mass a week before going to Medjugorje made it clare where I would be now if it hadn’t been for Medjugorje. Even frequent humiliating confessions didn’t free me. It was just bearable with the help of prayers and sacraments.

  15. Do you have the web address for Fr. Ripperger’s lectures? Are they available on the internet? I’m sure many of our readers would be very interested in hearing them too. I too, believe that even very holy people can be possessed. And, I’m glad to hear you confirm that prayer and the sacraments really did help you. We all need this strengthening, but most especially during the more severe trials in our life. I sure appreciate you writing! Thank you for taking the time to do so. Many other people will benefit from your words too. May the peace of Christ be with you!

  16. I have seen devils laugh at jesus in thf tulsa ok eucharistic chapel. How? @ 1888 pope leo xiii one day saying mass saw/heard satan challenge jesus that he could destroy the church if given more power and time. Jesus granted this but said satan would be severely punished when he failed. This is why there is more and worse demonic now than ever before. Ripperger was banned from tulsa diocese by new bishop for unknown reasons and ripperger told us not to protest. Many feel/are abandoned. Many traditional latin mass catholics such as http://www.fatima.org and st vincent ferrer foundation of texas, believe that since collegial consecration of russia to mary’s immac heart askd for in 1917 has not yet been done correctly, it may be that satan ‘will give his great power and authority to the beast’ soon aka the reign of antichrist. This is not alarmism but a guess at the big picture. Read fr. Arminjon’s and josef pieper’s books on the end of the age. Pcp publishes good new book on pope leo’s vision and his resulting st michael prayer, which is a minor exorcism u can pray w/o permission. Email ripperger 4 his ‘binding’ and spiritual combat prayers. Also google auxilium christianorum. Please! Go 2 extraordinary/latin mass as it has many more graces as per ripperger, fr michael rodriguez etc. Ask monks and cloistered nuns 2 pray 4 your deliverance. Fast, pray, put fear and 7 deadly sins out of your life, and beg 4 humility and pure agape love into your life. Do acts of charity/caritas/love 4 others. Laugh if u can, satan’s pride can’t abide happiness. Pray 4 unfailing ‘tough trust’ and total confidence in jesus and mary’ and ‘put on the armor of god. These can help u before and after exorcist. We may all have 2 suffer some until christ’s victory over satan and antichrist. And remember, ‘the night is darkest right before the sunrise’! Pls pray 4 me as one also long and badly attacked in many ways.

  17. Thank you to each and everyone of you sharing your experiences! I have been watching Fr.Corapi’s Immortal Combat series on Youtube, as well as all of Fr.Chad Ripperger’s stuff online. I cannot say enough about these two priest’s. The war is real. We have weapons at our disposal, to help us fight the good fight. I pray for each person that finds this website comes out victorious in their personal battles. United we stand!! God bless

  18. thanks laura for this forum.My name is Bancy and I come from Kenya.May God bless those going through spiritual bondage and may Jesus flee you.Remember that demons may not be welcomed by you but neighbours around you can,through witchcraft acts and abominations like gayism,beastiality,having genies to make people rich….I believe praying together with many people is much more helpful because you weaken other people’s satanic acts.God bless

  19. I used to ride a very tall unicycle in a troupe of street artists, alongside a clown, twoguys on stilts, and an extremely competent juggler. One day we were at a circus convention with people from all over, including a clairvoyant tarot card reader who set up her caravan near to our spot. She summoned a demon which emerged from her caravan and it headed our way. Needless to say, it went straight for the juggler.

  20. Hi! As I am writing this my cell sceen is flashing on and off. I don’t normally wrote but I don’t know where to turn. I can see and hear both good and bad things. I can sense things before they happen. My grandmother was the same way and it drove her mad. She died in a specialized hospital. I don’t want to see, hear or talk to these things. Yet the good spirits have kept us safe. I know I sound crazy but I am not. I am a Christian and I know mediums are an against God’s will. I don’t want to do that. I hate what I can do because of what happened to my grandmother. I don’t know what to do with this gift or curse. It has helped me as an EMT. I was able to find two separate children that wondered away from home. I could see where they were and lead the search team to them. In that way it helps but I hate the dark spirits. That is my story. What should I do? Thank you.

  21. Try reading the Bible what Jesus said is written in red and one verse talks about how prayer and fasting is the only way to get rid of a certain demon. He also talks about eternal life so demons and people can be in denial all they want but that’s not going to help them. They should listen to the word. In a homily at church the priest said fast with thanks so don’t get mad or sad about it! Jesus gives us so much mercy so I think as long as people try to be holy and call out his name and repent anyone can be saved. I had a dream a bunch of snakes turned into cats and the other snakes disappeared I’m pretty sure some spirits know deep down eternal life is real. God bless you guys and spread the word and try super hard not to be a hypocrite.

  22. Try reading the Bible what Jesus said is written in red and one verse talks about how prayer and fasting is the only way to get rid of a certain demon. He also talks about eternal life so demons and people can be in denial all they want but that’s not going to help them. They should listen to the word. In a homily at church the priest said fast with thanks so don’t get mad or sad about it! Jesus gives us so much mercy so I think as long as people try to be holy and call out his name and repent anyone can be saved. I had a dream a bunch of snakes turned into cats and the other snakes disappeared I’m pretty sure some spirits know deep down eternal life is real. God bless you guys and spread the word and try super hard not to be a hypocrite. the craziest thing is the end of age/last day could be any day so I hope some spirits & people who don’t follow God ask for mercy and eternal life.

  23. this may sound crazy, but it’s true. Me my fiancée and especially my poor cat where being attacked by something evil, i could not sleep and woke up, and saw my cat very frightened and with blood on his belly and paws, then i got attacked by feeling something on my back, we prayed all night and now my woman went to work and i am still praying but very exhausted, i am scared to go to sleep but i believe god will protect us.

  24. Hi Laura,
    Below is what the Exorcist said to me. I felt alone and abandoned. I was searching the internet, because I had no one to talk to, since those that I told of my evil oppression deserted me. After coming across your site, I realize that this is happening to me with the consent of God. I accept total responsibility for what has happened to me, even if I was deceived by the devil. I had been channeling, and the evil one, entered my body, and told me that it was the Elohim. I looked that word up and it was another name for God. So I felt it was ok. For a few months, it gave me great information that I shared with my subscribers on Youtube. Then one day, it turned on me and told me it was the devil. Ever since, I have been oppressed by it, and it has had sex with me, and tried to do other offensive things to me. It is now all over my body, and I feel it strongly. I would like to have an exorcism, but the exorcist seemed to think I only needed to be prayed for. He prays for me, and I appreciate all that he has done. I accepted his prayers, since I expected he knew what he was doing. However, the oppression has gotten stronger. I have done all that he told me to do, and got rid of all the books, cds, etc, about channeling. I am Roman Catholic, attend church, say the Rosary each morning, pray a lot, read the bible, attend the Eucharist, and go to confession. Maybe he was right that all I had to do was the above, since I notice that you also suggest the same remedy. I am just wondering why it is getting stronger….I do know that all the angels, and Mother Mary are around me, so I am staying strong and positive.
    However, if you feel I need an exorcism, maybe you can advise me on where I can get one. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you agree with the exorcist, I will continue doing as he advised, regarding going to Sunday Masses.

    Thank you,
    Angela

    First of all, let us to stop communication, there is no need for a running commentary and conversation, because talk is cheap. What is important is for you to focus, not on what others are doing, but on your personal conversion, which takes many years of quiet and daily fidelity.

    DAILY SPIRITUAL WARFARE:
    You also have to careful about hasty flare-ups in your reactions to things. That which is of the evil spirit is very emotional and full of negative emotions (fear, frustration, anger, discouragement, worry about the future, etc.); that which is of the Holy Spirit is gentle, peaceful, calm, loving, with self-control (see the “Gifts of the Holy Spirit”). That is, be careful that you are not falling into the trap of “flare-ups” in your reactions, which are not from the Holy Spirit but the other spirit. Source: If you are constantly perusing and searching the INTERNET, you will get caught up with all the news, CNN-style (lot of flash). Serious people focus on living their everyday life, and we should not become INTERNET/NEWS/BLOG ADDICTS.

    ONLY GOD IS JUDGE
    Regarding Derek Prince, let us not be simplistic and judging what others are doing. Derek Prince (deceased) is a very good man, and has helped many (perhaps, a few thousand). Mother Teresa by herself has helped perhaps over two hundred million (conservative estimate), and likewise Pope John Paul II, so there is no comparison. But that is not the point— the point, as St. Paul says,is that he does not judge himself as only God can judge, and so Paul tells us to stop making premature judgments. At the end of the world, Jesus will make a public His judgment on the world, the only one that matters.

    BE HUMAN, DON’T LOOK FOR “SUPERNATURAL” FIXES
    I counselled you against looking for quick answers by turning to New Age, or looling for God speaking to us in miraculous or special ways, or big miracles (e.g., the man who “cured a whole hospital”). That is the way the evil spirits want us to take; they don’t want us to be human, to live like everyone else, but to sanctify the human and elevating it to the divine. That was precisely the temptation the devil use on Jesus: first temptation was to to a big miracle and make bread from stone; the second temptation was to jump off the parapet of the temple so that everyone can see and applaud, drawing a lot of attention. In contrast, the three greatest saints of the Church lived at Nazareth, doing nothing but living the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Gifts of healing (like Derek Prince’s) are called charisms, but they are very, very low graces, while holiness, like that of Mother Teresa, is of the highest order. SO STOP LOOKING FOR THE BIG BANG, STOP LOOKING FOR THE SENSTATIONAL.

    SPIRITUAL GROWTH IS SLOW AND HIDDEN
    There is a similarity and a difference between your athletic life and the spiritual life. In the athletic world, you did not burst onto the scene and went from glory to glory; instead, it was a result of many hidden years of sacrifice and pain. So what is similar to your arriving at athletic success is that you cannot make progress in the spiritual life if you don’t focus on the living the human well, on doing the little things well over many years and without knowing how well you are doing. What is different from the athletic world is that we don’t seek glory or attention in the spiritual life, we give it to God. As St. Philip Neri says, “Do not be singular” (i.e., don’t be different from other people, don’t stand out) and as the great classic, “The Imitation of Christ” teaches: “Love to be unknown, to be considered by others as nothing.”

    God bless.

    Fr. Paul
    **********

    Dear Angela,

    Fr. Paul said that it is best for you not to send any more messages, as he will not accept or reply to them.

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