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Demonic Attacks – 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 27 Reflections Pt 2

Demonic Attacks
30 Days with Teresa of Avila
Part 2, Day 27 Reflections
Divine Intimacy Radio

St. Teresa orders her brother, Lorenzo, to get some sleep. She also counsels him on how to deal with attacks of the enemy. Dan and Melissa discuss evil spirits and demonic activity as they reflect on letters from St. Teresa in the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.


Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • How do we know when prayer is a mystical gift from God?30DaysWithTeresaOfAvila
  • How are mystical graces, gifts from God, related to holiness?
  • Was St. Teresa physically attacked by the devil?
  • Some examples of other saints who have confronted the devil.
  • Is the devil still active today, or are there psychological answers to problems thought to be demonic?
  • What is the power of the devil?
  • How does the devil attack people who are spiritually advanced?
  • How can we defend ourselves from evil?
  • Can occult practices lead to demonic activity?


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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • LizEst

    Hi Gina — Dan was speaking metaphorically and correctly. What he actually said was, “God could snap His fingers, so to speak, and eliminate the devil’s existence…” We do not exist on our own power, even after God creates us. That would be like being little individual gods living on our own power. That God does not eliminate creatures He has made is a measure of His everlasting love for them. So, if God does not continue to uphold each one of us, including spirits, we would, indeed, simply cease to exist. We owe our very existence, and our continued existence, to God.

    You are right about not changing God’s mind. But, lest others get the idea that their prayers don’t work, it is important to know that there are graces, things, healings, the Lord would like to give us, if we but ask for them, sometimes by asking once, other times by clamoring like a beggar for the things of God. Hope this helps…and God bless you.

    • Gina

      Hi Liz,

      Whether metaphorically/correctly speaking (by Dan or anyone else) is human understanding which always fall short when it comes to God’s createdness and creativeness thus gives a shortened view of God Himself (not that I am claiming to know the absolute view of God). To a non-believer (the very people God wishes to draw near to) and perhaps even some believers reading the metaphor (whether it be eliminating the devil or anything/anyone else) as you say would see God as Eliminator rather than absolute Loving Abba.

      Faith is the antidote to when prayers don’t work to include human understanding always falling short (as you say our existence is dependent entirely on God). And enlightenment is the umbrella to everything that you mentioned i.e. graces, healings, things which is armour not just for self-recovery and coming to know and love God. Additionally God gives to prepare us for battle . And even when we don’t ask, God will give because he knows us best than we could ever know to ask what is best for ourselves. Even to the unjust and wicked God kindly gives to them in full measure (Lk 6:35), and let the wheat and chaff grow for which both will be separated in due course (Mt 13: 29-30).

      All the above mentioned is my sense of God rather than (even metaphorically) speak of God as snapping His finger and poof you’re done. Jesus actually willingly chose to die on the cross rather than snap His finger so metaphorically speaking that didn’t even cross His mind. He however knew that His Kingdom was not of this world and rather than eliminate evil forces His attendants would have fought His hand over to evil forces (Jn 18:36).

      Hope the above further helps too re my take on what I initially posted to include your response. Likewise in God’s blessing.

      • LizEst

        Would you kindly summarize what you wrote in a couple of sentences, please? Thanks.

        • Gina

          What I have written, I have written. Thanks.

          • LizEst

            Ah yes, very short! That’s Scripture. John 19:22 to be precise!

          • Gina

            You’re welcome.

  • Marie

    According to the CDF (Inde ab aliquot amnis, Sept. 29, 1984), the practice of some deliverance ministries in calling out the demons of a person being delivered from oppression is forbidden. We belonged to an ecumenical covenant community, composed largely of Catholics, but not under the authority of the Catholic Church, which regularly prayed with members for deliverance using this method and interrogating the demons. The CDF states that the danger is that those practicing this method would open the ministers to demonic attack. Please clarify this to your listeners.

    • cghslp42

      The danger is not in the intention but in the person who carries the rite out and is exposed because he or she can feel the pride of power forgetting that in first place is Christ and that is what the devil wants: wining souls. Only fasteness, prayer and humbleness can help.

      • LizEst

        You are right…but, it can also be in the intention. it can be either one or the other, or both.

      • cghslp42

        Yes, I agree with you but who generates the intention?

        • LizEst

          I see your point. The human heart can be like a white-washed sepulchre.

  • Patricia

    Unbound ministries deal with healing and deliverance using five keys 1. Repentance and faith 2. Forgiveness 3. Renunciation 4. Authority 5. The Father’s blessing. I have personally attended the conference and two healing deliverance session. It is encouraged to live a sacramental life and sometimes weekly confessions and brutal honesty and complete obedience helps to rid of spiritual oppressions. Need to be aware a Christian is always in spiritual battle with the evil one.

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