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Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits
Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius’ Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.

 Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  •  Rule 14. The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves as a chief bent on conquering and robbing what he desires: for, as a captain and chief of the army, pitching his camp, and looking at the forces or defenses of a stronghold, attacks it on the weakest side, in like manner the enemy of human nature, Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weaknessroaming about, looks in turn at all our virtues, theological, cardinal and moral; and where he finds us weakest and most in need for our eternal salvation, there he attacks us and aims at taking us.”
  • How can one discern his or her vocation properly in accordance with God’s will?
  • How can we quickly overcome spiritual desolation?
  • The enemy watches us closely and attacks us at our weakest spiritual point.
  • How can we fortify our defenses against the enemy and succeed in virtue?
  • How can we recognize our root sin?


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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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  • Jeanette

    Wonderful podcast! You are definitely helping to ‘set the captives free’ by this great series on discernment of spirits. Thank you!

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