Do These Powerful Things and the Devil Will Get Away from You and Your Family

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The Catholic Church has long taught about the reality of spiritual warfare, the invisible battle between good and evil. The enemy, the devil, is always on the lookout to disrupt our spiritual journey and that of our families. Thankfully, the Church gives us tools to protect ourselves and loved ones against these spiritual dangers. In this article, I will discuss ways in which the faithful can equip themselves against the schemes of the devil, drawing on the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and the wisdom of the saints.

The Devil is Real, and He is After Your Soul

First, let’s be clear about something: the devil is real. The Church teaches that Satan was created as a good angel, but he chose to rebel against God. The Catechism states, “The devil and the other demons were indeed created naturally good by God, but they became evil by their own doing” (CCC 391). So, this isn’t a fairytale; it’s a reality we all have to face.

The Importance of Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

One of the most powerful tools we have is prayer, especially the prayers that Jesus himself taught us. The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father, includes the plea, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). This line acknowledges that we’re asking God for protection against the forces of darkness.

The Rosary

The Rosary is another potent weapon against the devil. Many saints have affirmed its power. It’s not just a bunch of Hail Marys; it’s a meditation on the life of Christ. When you pray the Rosary faithfully, you’re enveloping yourself and your family in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, making it hard for the devil to find a way in.

Sacraments as Spiritual Armor

Holy Eucharist

The Eucharist, which we receive during Mass, fortifies our souls. Jesus said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54). In receiving the Eucharist, you’re essentially making your soul an inhospitable place for evil spirits.


Confession is another sacrament that has a direct impact on spiritual warfare. Sin opens doors for the devil, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation closes those doors. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Fasting and Almsgiving: Detoxing the Spirit

Fasting and almsgiving are often overlooked but are very effective means to fight off evil. Jesus himself fasted for 40 days to prepare for his public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11). During this time, Satan tempted Him, but He resisted. Likewise, when we fast, we weaken the flesh and thereby limit the devil’s playground.

Almsgiving, or giving to those in need, is another way to ward off evil. It’s an act of love and compassion, virtues that are fundamentally against the devil’s nature. By engaging in acts of mercy, we become more like Christ and less susceptible to evil influences.

The Bible and Sacred Tradition

Sacred Scripture

Keeping the Word of God close to us can be one of our greatest defenses. The Bible says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert, he quoted Scripture to fend him off (Matthew 4:1-11). The Word of God is powerful and can protect us from deception and temptation.

Sacred Tradition

The wisdom of the saints and the teachings of the Church are also valuable resources. They offer time-tested advice on how to fend off spiritual assaults. These aren’t just good ideas; they’re spiritual wisdom passed down through generations.

Be Vigilant and Involve Your Family

Finally, we must be vigilant. The Bible tells us to “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). This is not just individual advice but a call to protect our families as well.

Family Prayer

Praying together as a family is a powerful way to keep the devil at bay. There is truth in the saying, “The family that prays together stays together.”

Educate and Equip

Teach your children about the faith and equip them with the tools they need to fend off spiritual attacks. The Sacrament of Confirmation, for instance, strengthens one with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, preparing them to defend their faith and fight against evil (CCC 1303).

By being proactive, we can ensure that we and our families are not easy targets for the devil.

In Summary

The battle against the devil is real, but we are not powerless. Through prayer, the sacraments, fasting, almsgiving, and vigilance, we can protect ourselves and our families from his snares. The Church provides us with many spiritual weapons, and it’s up to us to use them effectively. Remember, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).

So, arm yourself with faith, hope, and love and the devil will find no room in your life or your home.

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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