According to St.
"There are three
principal weapons that the devil likes to carry in order to wound our souls.
They are gluttony, arrogance and ambition."
As stated in the
Catechism of Pope St. Pius X...
Q. Why do demons
A. The demons
tempt us because of the envy they bear us, which makes them desire our eternal
damnation; and because of their hatred of God, whose image is reflected in us.
God on the other hand permits these temptations in order that we may overcome
them by His grace, and thus practice virtue and acquire merit for Heaven.
Some things that can
* "Q. How can we resist the evil spirits? A. By humble
prayer and by making the Sign of the Cross." (Catechism of St. John Neumann)
* "When tempted, invoke your angel. He is more eager to
help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of
him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel." (St. John
* "Offer your temptations for the conversion of sinners.
When the devil sees you doing this, he is beside himself with rage and makes
off, because then the temptation is turned against himself." (St. John Vianney)
* "To resist every temptation, it is sufficient to
pronounce the names of Jesus and Mary; and if the temptation continues, let us
continue to invoke Jesus and Mary, and the Devil shall never be able to conquer
us." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)
* "To avoid temptation we should fly dangerous occasions,
guard our senses, receive the sacraments frequently, and have recourse to the
practice of prayer." (Catechism of Pope St. Pius X)
* "When the Devil tempts you, remember Hell - the thought
of Hell will preserve you from that land of misery. I say, remember Hell, and
have recourse to Jesus Christ and to most holy Mary, and they will deliver you
from sin, which is the gate of Hell." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the
* "Satan, however, is overcome not by indolence, sleep,
wine, revelling, or lust; but by prayer, labor, watching, fasting, continence
and chastity. Watch ye and pray, that ye enter not into temptation...is the
admonition of our Lord. They who make use of these weapons in the conflict put
the enemy to flight; for the devil flees those who resist him." (Catechism of
the Council of Trent)
* "When you are tempted by the enemy, the best remedy is to
hasten with all speed to the Cross, and to see Christ thereon, covered with
wounds, torn, disfigured, streaming with blood. Then reflect that the chief
reason why he is there is to destroy sin; and so, with all devotion, beg him not
to allow what is so abominable, and what he sought, with such labor to
overthrow, ever to reign in our hearts." (St. Peter of Alcantara)
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"Blessed are they
that are tempted! It is when the devil sees that a soul is tending towards union
with God that he redoubles his efforts." (St. John Vianney)
"(In our struggle
against temptations) our Lord is there quite close to us, looking on us with
kindness, smiling at us and saying: 'So you do love Me!'" (St. John Vianney)
"We can always
resist temptations, because no temptation can force us into sin, and because God
will always help us if we ask Him." (Baltimore Catechism)
"Blessed is the
man who perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he will receive
the crown of life that he promised to those who love him." (Jms. 1:12)
temptations frighten you; they are the trials of the souls whom God wants to
test when he sees they have the necessary strength to sustain the struggle, thus
weaving the crown of glory with their own hands." (St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina)
"No trial has
come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried
beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that
you may be able to bear it." (1 Cor. 10:13)
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