Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Program
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 20, Issue 2


<< Monday, February 23, 2004 >> St. Polycarp
 
James 3:13-18
View Readings
Psalm 19 Mark 9:14-29
Similar Reflections
 

HIGHLY RESTRICTED, DEMONIC AREA

 
"When Jesus arrived at the house, His disciples began to ask Him privately, 'Why is it that we could not expel it?' He told them, 'This kind you can drive out only by prayer.' " —Mark 9:28-29
 

Demons are part of our everyday life on earth. The Lord allows demons to tempt us and even harass us. We live in the midst of demonic degradation and destruction.

However, we can greatly minimize demonic influence in our surroundings by being baptized and living fully our Baptisms. When we were baptized, we rejected Satan, all his works, and all his empty promises. Even if we should sin after Baptism, we can cut short demonic opportunities by going to Confession as soon as possible after we sin. Moreover, by regular Confession, we can strengthen ourselves and avoid falling into sin. Finally, by committed prayer, we can drive out demons, which we would otherwise have to endure (Mk 9:29). So many people unnecessarily let demons persist for years in their disruptive, degrading activities because they don't take seriously Jesus' statement: "This kind you can drive out only by prayer" (Mk 9:29).

At this time, Satan and his demons are restricted (see Rv 20:2; 2 Thes 2:6-7). Let us make sure they are as restricted as possible.

 
Prayer: Father, make me completely intolerant of demonic activity.
Promise: "If one of you is wise and understanding, let him show this in practice through a humility filled with good sense." —Jas 3:13
Praise: St. Polycarp was condemned to die by burning at the stake as a martyr. God protected him from the burning flames (see Is 43:2), so his executioners were forced to stab him to death.
 
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Daily Prayer on audio AV 62-3 or video V-62.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Richard Walling, July 18, 2003
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 24, 2003
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 20, Issue 2
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Program
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy