10 POWERFUL WEAPONS FOR BATTLING THE DEVIL from Aleteia

We Christians face a spiritual battle each day. The Word of God teaches us that our life on earth is a constant struggle against the Evil One, and it reminds us that we have decided to follow Christ and to be always ready to face the Devil’s blows. To make this Lent a time of authentic conversion, with no concessions given to the demons, we present you with 10 effective spiritual weapons.

1. Lead an ordered life.
First, pay great attention to prayer, which is the foundation of your spiritual life. Find time also to read the Bible. We suggest you reflect on the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 25, verses 35-40.
You also need to be firmly rooted in your vocation. It might be a married life, priesthood, consecrated life, etc., but whatever it is, you have to be faithful in all things to the call God has given you.
Lastly, dedicate some time to the Church. We know we haven’t all been called to full-time ministry in the Church, but we can all collaborate in some way, according to our own possibilities.

2. Categorically reject temptation.
One problem in the spiritual battle is being slow and weak in our response to temptation. But with God’s grace, you can strengthen your will and decisively and roundly reject temptation from the outset. On the other hand, we often have temptations because we put ourselves into a near occasion of sin. Always remember this proverb: “Whoever plays with fire eventually gets burned.”

3. Identify the enemy and ask God for help.
When we fall into temptation, it’s very useful to admit it, saying: “The Devil, the enemy of God, is tempting me.” Name him and say short prayers asking the Lord for help. Here are a few examples of very powerful short prayers: “Jesus, I trust in you,” “Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation,” “Lord, save me,” and “Lord, make haste to help me.” Invoke the holy names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph with faith and trust.

SATAN'S 10 STRATEGIES AGAINST YOU by John Piper

. . . that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

One of the most sobering facts about life is that all humans have a supernatural enemy whose aim is to use pain and pleasure to make us blind, stupid, and miserable — forever. The Bible calls him “the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world . . . the accuser” (Revelation 12:9–10), “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

He is our “adversary [who] prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Yet, in the most appalling and unwitting bondage, the whole world willingly “follows the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). At his most successful, his subjects march obliviously to destruction, and take as many with them as they can.

The “good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18) that I wrote about under the title “Awake and at War” includes the daily resistance of this enemy (1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7), the daily refusal to give him an opportunity (Ephesians 4:27), and the daily stand against his schemes (Ephesians 6:11).

DOORWAYS FOR DEMONS TO ATTACK OR ENTER IN YOUR LIFE

1. OCCULT INVOLVEMENT OR PRACTICE. This can be through yourself or your parents as demons can pass on to the children of those who get involved in occult practices. It can become a curse broken in your life and can only be removed once you renounce it or repent from it.
Occult practice includes: fortune telling, palm reading, Ouija boards, spiritualism, seances, divination, horoscope, astrology, astral projection, witchcraft, palm, tea leaf or tarot card reading and the new age movement, etc. Practicing Yoga can be detrimental if it involves chanting that honors Krishna. Also Martial Arts trace their roots back to the false religions and paganism of Asia based on the idea that man has within himself the power and ability to become supra-human and godlike. This was the very first deception with which Satan has blinded the human race. All the martial arts around the world have as their foundation and root the Shaolin Temple of China which is a Buddhist temple. Their primary purpose is to evangelize and share Chan Buddhism and Taoism with the entire world.

When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to [a]imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.- Deuteronomy 18:9-12 (NASB)

CONSECRATION PRAYER OF ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT TO MAMA MARY IN WHICH BAPTISMAL VOWS ARE RENEWED

I, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works, and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose you this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to you, as your slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present, future, leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to your good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and eternity. Amen. 


GUIDE TO GENERAL CONFESSION

A general confession is a confession during which you confess all the sins you have committed from the age of reason to the present…not to be confused with a general absolution. It is a very important tool to starting a new chapter in life. The following list can help you prepare for the Sacrament of Penance.

Possible Mortal Sins Checkoff List

FIRST COMMANDMENT -- I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before Me. [Exodus 20:2,3]
1 Did you only worship the One True God?                                          
1 Did you put faith in Occult Ideas, or practices?                                  
1 Did you put your faith in Agnosticism?                                                
1 Did you put your faith in Astrology?                                                    
1 Did you put your faith in Atheism?                                                      
1 Did you put your faith in Black Magic?                                              
1 Did you put your faith in Divination?                                                  
1 Did you put your faith in Eastern Philosophies?                                
1 Did you put your faith in Good Luck Charms?                                  
1 Did you put your faith in Horoscopes?                                              
1 Did you put your faith in Hypnotism?                                                
1 Did you put your faith in New Age Philosophies?                              
1 Did you put your faith in Ouija Boards?                                              
1 Did you put your faith in Paganism?                                                
1 Did you put your faith in Palm Reading?                                            
1 Did you put your faith in Seance?                                                      
1 Did you put your faith in Sorcery?                                                      
1 Did you put your faith in Superstitions?                                            
1 Did you put your faith in Tarot Cards?                                              
1 Did you put your faith in Voodo?                                                        
1 Did you put your faith in Witchcraft?
1 Did you join a Schismatic Group?                                                    
1 Did you join the Freemasons (Masons)?  

EXORCISM PRAYER by St. Basil the Great

O God of gods and Lord of lords, Creator of the fiery spirits and Artificer of the invisible powers, of all things heavenly and earthly: Thou Who no man has seen -- nor is able to see; Thou Whom all creation fears and before Whom it trembles; Thou Who didst cast into the darkness of the abyss of Tartars the angels who did fall away with him who once was commander of the angelic host, who disobeyed Thee and haughtily refused to serve Thee, do Thou expel by the terror of Thy name the evil one and his legions loose upon the earth, Lucifer and those with him who fell from above. Set him to flight and command him and his demons to depart completely. Let no harm come to them who are sealed in Thy image and let those who are sealed receive dominion, "to tread on serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy." For Thee do we hymn and magnify and with every breath do we glorify Thy all-holy name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

EXORCISM PRAYER by St. John Chrysostom

O Eternal God, Who has redeemed the race of men from the captivity of the devil, deliver Thy servant/handmaid from all the workings of unclean spirits. Command the evil and impure spirits and demons to depart from the soul and body of your servant/handmaid and not to remain nor hide in him/her. Let them be banished from this the creation of Thy hands in Thine own holy name and that of Thine only begotten Son and of Thy life-creating Spirit, so that, after being cleansed from all demonic influence, he/she may live godly, justly and righteously and may be counted worthy to receive the Holy Mysteries of Thine only-begotten Son and our God with Whom Thou art blessed and glorified together with the all holy and good and life-creating Spirit now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

INVOCATION TO ST. MICHAEL...An Exorcism


In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Amen.
Most glorious Prince of the Celestial army, Archangel St. Michael, defend us in the battle against the powers of darkness and their spiritual maliciousness.
Come to our aid, who were created by God and redeemed with the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, and deliver us from the tyranny of the devil.
You are venerated by the Church as its Patron and Guardian and to you, the Lord has entrusted the souls who one day will occupy the heavenly mansions,
Pray, therefore, the God of Peace, to keep the devil crushed under our feet, so that he won't be able to enslave men unto himself and neither cause any harm to the Church.
Unite our prayers to Thine own and present them to Almighty God, so that His divine mercies may descend upon us.
Chain Satan and thrust him into the bottomless pit, whence he won't be able to seduce souls anymore.