Discernment of Spirits Rule 1

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1

This week, Dan and Melissa discuss the first rule of the discernment of spirits by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • Rule 1  “In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy will propose apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to enslave them DivineIntimacyRadioWithDan&Melissa for Discernment of Spirits: Rule 1more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons, the good spirit uses a contrary method, pricking them and disturbing their consciences through the process of reason and moral judgment.”
  • The devil will work to convince someone with a poorly formed conscience or who might be new to the spiritual life that peace obtained through sinful behavior is from God. However, this is a false sense of peace.
  • God will “prick us” to disturb the conscience through the process of reason and moral judgment. He will cause an uneasiness within us to bring us back to living a virtuous life.
  • Knowing how the enemy works and how the flesh works can help you fight sinful inclinations.
  • The life of Saint Augustine is a good example of overcoming habitual, mortal sin through the grace of God.


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