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Catholic Spiritual Direction

What do demons do with their time?

October 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. Fortea, what do demons do with their time?

In the world of demons, like that of people, some do one thing and others do different things. Demons, of course, cannot build houses, grow food, construct machines, nor do any of the things human beings spend so much time on. Most of the time, demons occupy themselves with going deeper into the world of knowledge, in having relationships among themselves, and in tempting people.

The intellectual world is such a vast world that the demons occupy themselves in it completely like us. In a university, for example, there can be hundreds of professors with each one specializing in some branch of knowledge. Hundreds of professors and deans work hours daily in a university and all this work and activity produces just one thing: knowledge. The same thing happens in the world of the angelic spirits.

Relationships among pure spirits may not seem important, but the demons have real, complex social relationships. These relationships are not based merely on knowledge but also on the pleasure of communicating with one another and helping each other tempt humans.

To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.

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About Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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  • Rowenalitorja

    Father Fortea, I believe praying Roary everyday and praying to St. Michael will help us in our daily life and temptation, attending daily Mass and receiving Holy Communion, wearing brown Scapular  is a protection against the demons. Jesus was tempted by the demons but not the Blessed Virgin Mary who was obedient to our Lord and her perfect humility, but our Lord Jesus Christ was obedient and humble until his death on the cross too.  Holy water  will help us too.  Give us more prayers in order to live in the right direction. 

    • LizEst

      I never heard that the BVM was not tempted and would like to read the source for that.  Would you please kindly cite that?  We know she did not sin and she remained immaculate and inviolate. 

      • http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog Mary@42

        LizEst, when you contemplate that our Holy Mother was conceived without Original Sin, it is quite clear she is the one singular Created Human person whom Satan can never, ever go near.  The first mention of her in the Genesis clearly states there shall be enmity between her and Satan. She is the one person whose countenance sends Satan to the deepest, hottest hole in hell.

        • LizEst

          Yes, absolutely Mary did not sin.  She was preserved from original sin, and subsequent sin, since conception.  Original sin leaves a person with a vulnerability to sin.  But, I have never heard that she was not tempted.  Even Jesus was tempted, but did not sin.  Being subject to temptation is not the same thing as sinning.  How could Jesus be subject to temptation and Mary not?  This would put Mary above Jesus…and that is never the Church’s position.  Furthermore, she was Jesus’ most perfect disciple. So, what he went through, she went through in some form. And, let’s say, for argument’s sake, she wasn’t tempted directly by the devil. The world has many temptations, too. If she was never tempted, then her life would have been relatively easy. Suffering brings many temptations as well.

          • http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog Mary@42

            LizEst, Satan we are taught, accuses us before God every day. He has access to God (i.e. the Book of Job). But in the case of the Holy Mother of God, she is Singularly Holy and Immaculate and Satan would not be permitted by God to tempt her.  

            I have sentimental reasons to relate to Our Holy Mother in a special personal way.  My parents ( who incidentally bear the same names as Her parents), and especially my Father who was well read about the Mariology Doctrine, gave me this explanation. It was later confirmed by the Sisters in the Convent and in our Catholic Faith Lessons which were compulsory and in the School Curriculum when we were in High School.  But perhaps, Dan or Father John are better placed to clarify this question for us.

          • LizEst

            Thank you, Mary.  Your explanations sound perfectly reasonable from your standpoint.  Yet, I am still interested in getting a specific Church reference for that.   There may come a time when I have to address this with someone…and I want to be solid in my faith.

          • http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog Mary@42

            I am sure Dan or Father John will do just that.  I also need that, too.  It is always wise, as Jesus told Saint Faustina, to confirm that what we believe is consonant with the Scriptures, the Tradition and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church

  • IrishEddieOHara

    They spend their time bothering me with nasty thoughts and temptations I don’t want to entertain.  It appears to be a full time occupation, even in my sleep sometimes!

    • EmmJaa

      Eddie, the way to take care of that is every time you think of something you would rather not have in your head say 3-4  ‘Hail Marys’ asking Mother Mary to come between you and evil.   If that is not enough, keep going.  If you do it every single time, it won’t be long before it stops I promise. 

    • http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog Mary@42

      Thank you, Irish.  They do that to me daily by intruding into my thoughts and like you, one Hail Mary is enough to chase away any evil thought they have pushed inside my thinking process. But we need to be vigilant.  They never give up and have numerous ways to trip us up. Whenever possible in one’s life situations, Daily Holy Communions, Holy Mass and weekly Confessions strengthen one to fight them off with the aid of our Holy Mother, our Patron Saints, our Guardians Angels and when things get really tough, just surrender to God’s Merciful Arms.

  • J. Jonah Jameson

    Ay ya yi! People, Jesus told you what to do: Love others as I have loved you. Do that and let demons and angels do whatever the heaven they do, wherever the heaven they do it. 

    • http://www.spiritualdirection.com/ Dan Burke

      Ay ya yi!

  • LizEst

    http://blog.adw.org/2012/10/satan-likes-to-hide-but-every-now-and-then-he-shows-his-face/

    Check out the ad Monsignor Pope includes with this.  It’s for a car…but you’ll understand how it applies to the demonic as soon as you see it.  

  • Karyn

    I never imagined demons having much in the way of social relationships, especially ones that involve pleasurable communication, because that seems like a beautiful thing handed down to us by the ultimate relationship – the Trinity. I picture demonic interaction being pretty awful and chaotic. Of course, there’s the Screwtape Letters, which is an oddly civilized dialogue. 

  • http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog Mary@42

    A ha!!!! 
    “These relationships are not based merely on knowledge but also on the pleasure of communicating with one another and helping each other tempt humans.”

    Thank you, Father Fortea for this Sentence.  How I wish I could get your Book.  But, hey, it is O.K. I hope I have learned enough from your Posts and Our Family Members to know how to recognize when these evil beings are at work in my life.