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The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer



How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning to establish a prayer life?Prayer
  • Cooperation with God’s grace is essential in establishing a prayer life.
  • Saint Francis de Sales warns us that it is dangerous to receive a gift from God and ignore it.
  • Saint Thérèse of Lisieux says that “A soul in the state of grace has nothing to fear from demons, who are cowards, capable of fleeing before the gaze of a little child.”
  • Saint Ignatius suggests that we must be strong against the attacks of the enemy and resist temptations.


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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, 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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  • Patricia

    Today is the Feast Day of St. Mary Magdeline, the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons. So call upon Jesus in each and every instance of temptation or trial because He has already won the battle. Love and adore Him, stay and cling to Him as did St. Mary Magdeline.

    In today’s busy and secular world, have we lost our sense of adoration? Pope Francis asks us: “You, I, do we worship the Lord? Do we turn to God only to ask him for things, to thank him, or do we also turn to him to adore him? What does it mean, then, to adore God? It means learning to be with him, to stop to talk with him, sensing that his presence is the truest, the best, the most important thing of all.” (April 14, 2013).

    To honor her as an Apostle to the Apostles, teaching us to adore and love Him, this day has been upgraded from a Memorial to a Feast Day, just as we honor the Apostles. Here is the new preface that will be read at Mass today:

    It is truly right and just,
    our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks,
    Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
    whose mercy is no less than His power,
    to preach the Gospel to everyone, through Christ, our Lord.
    In the garden, He appeared to Mary Magdalene,
    who loved him in life, who witnessed his death on the cross
    who sought him as he lay in the tomb
    who was the first to adore him when he rose from the dead,
    and whose apostolic duty was honored by the apostles
    that the good news of life might reach the ends of the earth.
    And so Lord, with all the Angels and Saints,
    we, too, give you thanks, as in exultation we acclaim:

  • Philip George Regan

    Since Today is the feast day of Saint Alponsus Ligouri let us heed the advice of his prayer whenever the Enemy tries to discourage us …

    “My God, help me to remember—
    That time is short, eternity is long.
    What good is all the greatness of this world at the hour of death?

    To love You, my God, and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
    Without You, there is no peace, no joy.

    My God, I need fear nothing but sin.
    For to lose You, my God, is to lose all. “

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