“The devil made me do it.”
“The devil is in the details.”
“Play devil’s advocate.”
These are just a few of our popular phrases.
We have songs about the devil … movies and shows. He’s all over the place.
And the reality is, he IS all over the place … embedded throughout our culture … tempting us all the time. His goal is to turn us away from God.
And now that our Lenten journey has begun, you may have already experienced some interference from the devil … I know I have!
But the good news is that God is on our side and He’s all we need to defeat the devil. We just need to have a better understanding and recognition of what Satan is up to.
This week’s issue of Genuflect is here to help you defeat the devil. We look at how he came to be, when we’re most vulnerable to his attacks, how to conquer him, the Pope’s advice, how Saints defeated him, and how exorcisms are on the rise.
So the phrase you’ll be saying is, “Get behind me, Satan!”
Founding Editor, Genuflect
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About The Devil
As the Chief Exorcist in Rome until his death in 2016, Father Gabriele Amorth went to war against the devil. In this excerpt he explains the Catholic Church’s teaching on Satan, the evolution of the devil and his demons, his goals with regard to us, and how we can defend ourselves.
“What Does The Church Teach About Satan And Demons?” | St. Therese Church
The Devil is Real
In this succinct, 2-minute video Bishop Robert Barron explains why it’s reasonable to believe in the existence of the devil as only Bishop Barron can do.
Why Believe in The Devil? | Word on Fire Institute
Know Your Vulnerabilities
The devil loves nothing more than to separate us from our Heavenly father. He attacks on a daily basis when we’re weak physically and spiritually. But if we don’t recognize his attacks, we are doomed to fall victim to them. Here are six vulnerability points to be on the lookout for to defeat the enemy’s attacks.
6 Vulnerability Points The Devil Uses to Attack You | Belief Net
The devil is cunning and interjects himself in our lives all the time, especially in our thoughts. Here are 3 ways to deal with negative thoughts and 6 tangible ways you can protect yourself before he attacks.
I am Learning How to Conquer The Devil | Catholic Stand
The devil uses temptations to try to destroy us, but fortunately God has equipped us with weapons and armor to fend off the devil. We just need to know how to use them. Here are four ways to defeat Satan’s temptations.
The first week of Lent, Pope Francis addressed the crowd in Saint Peter’s Square, talking about how the devil tempts us to walk down an alternative path from the Lord’s. Read here how he explained the temptations Satan uses and how to defend against attacks.
Pope at Angelus: ‘Never Engage in Dialogue With The Devil’ | Vatican News
Who better to learn how to defeat the devil than from Saints! Here are quotes from 12 Saints on how to conquer Satan.
Satan is engaged in a battle with us. But we are not alone. We have the Lord on our side and this “Prayer to Defeat the Work of Satan” can help.
Exorcisms on The Rise
Did you know that Pope John Paul II instructed every Diocese to have an appointed exorcist? Priests are appointed, trained, and mentored to help an increasing number of people citing demonic troubles ranging from a haunting to full possession. Jean Hopfensperger provides a fascinating look at this present-day battle with evil.
Exorcisms Make a 21st Century Comeback in Minnesota, U.S. | Star Tribune
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