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Catholic Spiritual Direction

How to give delight to the devil…

How to Delight the Devil!

DemonCaacrinolaas“Let us remember that the devil labors hard to disturb us at the time of meditation, in order to make us abandon it. Let him, then, who omits mental prayer on account of distractions be persuaded that he gives delight to the devil… let us, then, never give up meditation however great our distractions may be. St. Francis de Sales says that if, in mental prayer, we should do nothing else than continually banish distractions and temptations, the meditation would be very well made. Before him, St. Thomas taught that involuntary distractions do not take away the fruit of mental prayer.”

St. Alphonsus, The Great Means of Salvation and Perfection

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. 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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  • judeen

    distractions, bad visions.. so on .. temptations.. stand firm… flee to Jesus Christs savior and reedemers name… stay positive in prayer.. for the devil gets in ones prayers if worried or anxious..  pray blessings healings on those who hurt you , keep in Gods will be done… not mine… offer all struggles for conversion of hearts and souls to Jesus Christ.. use the devils work as a suffering to save souls…

    • MariaGo

      Been having a horrid week… What you write about offering it up for the conversion of souls is so comforting. Makes me grateful even. Often feel bad that I can do so little for Him. Am glad to know this can be chance to do even a little bit more. Thank you.

  • Mmaasy

    Thank you for sharing this from St. Aphonsus…it has totally encouraged me in my Examen of at night.

  • Mary@42

    A wonderful advice….yes distractions and racy thoughts are a nightmare when one is praying, whether vocal, mental prayers or meditation….but Jesus advises us to persevere….that way the devil fails

  • Gordon

    If the devil tempts you with a particular distraction, then just do the opposite, says st Ignatius, agire contra. If he tempts you to shorten your prayer time, then prolong it

    • Dan Burke

      Now that is advice I can get behind and it is dead on target with St. Ignatius.