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Like a Shield, Mommy?

April 16, AD 2013 34 Comments

April 2013 005

For all of man’s history, Satan and his demons have tempted us to turn away from God. Satan was in the Garden of Eden, Christ drove demons out of possessed or oppressed people, and even now as you read this, they are out there battling for souls.

As I wrote earlier I am making a more determined effort to routinely pray, especially at night with my children instead of rushing them off to bed with only a kiss. As we concluded the Our Father together the other night, my daughter asked what “deliver us from evil” means.

“Evil is not just a thing; it is a person — Satan, the Evil One. He was a good angel who chose, out of pride, to reject God, and so he fell from grace. Other angels followed him, and they act as his demons. Demons try to turn you away from God so your soul will be lost to Hell after you die. They can’t control you, but they can pressure you, suggest bad thoughts. That’s why I say you have to be careful about what you watch on TV.”

“So, ‘deliver us from evil’ means we are asking for protection from Satan?”

“Yes. Demons are more powerful than humans.”

As soon as I said that, I realized that I could not leave her in the dark with that thought, so I added, “Demons are more powerful than humans, but demons are not God, who is all-powerful. Satan is not God. As much as he wants to be God, it is impossible. Christ, who is God, already prevailed against Satan. It’s just that in our life as fallen human beings we have to fight spiritual battles for the salvation of souls.”

“How do you do that, Mommy?”

“We pray, just like I told you. We pray the Our Father and ask to be delivered from the Evil One. Sometimes when you feel depressed or anxious, it could be the temptation of demons. Sometimes when you feel scared or angry, it could be the demons. When you pray, you surround yourself with God, and you can ask his good angels, especially your own guardian angel, and the saints to surround you with protection too. Your prayers tell God that you do choose to love, to know, and to serve Him. You have to pray often, but you can rest assured that you are protected when you do.”

“Like a shield, Mommy?”

“Like a shield of love that will sustain you through your hardest times. Goodnight, little warrior. No bad dreams allowed.”

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  • Joseph Q Pham

    Simply Lovely

  • Anonymous

    you dont need a rosary to pray. jesus made it so simple. you cant have a relationship with someone you do not know. praying is our way of communicating with our lord, but reading the living water the holy bible is how we know him and how he talks to us. jesus left us the bible to teach us his ways. people make it complicated with prayers but its not. you cant pray to a god and expect changes if u dont know him. take the bible and learn from the almighty king jesus christ not tradition.

    • Charlene

      You may not need a rosary………but it sure helps. :)

      Simply beautiful.

      • Anonymous

        i dont think u understand what i ment. if u think the rosary helps imagine with the Bible to do for you

        • Tony R

          I don’t think you understand. that is why the Rosary helps. We are meditating on Scriptures when we pray the Rosary.
          Why did the Passion of the Christ movie appeal to so many people? because it was Bible based but also the Sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. We contemplate the Agony in the Garden, the Scourging at the Pillar, the Crowning with thorns, the Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion.

        • Isabel

          If you think the Bible helps you, can you imagine what the Author of the Bible can do for you! Jesus is Truly Present, in every Catholic Church in the World. As for the Rosary, it is the entire New Testament prayed. For starters, here’s a small way of the scriptural rosary for beginners. It is so powerful because you are praying the life of Jesus and Mary in the New Testament and gradually uniting your life to theirs through prayer. By the way, Jesus did come to us through Mary and we go to Him though her because that is His divine Will. God Bless!

    • MEG

      You speak against the scriptures. Hold fast to your tradition

      • Tony

        Sacred Tradition and Scriptures compliment each other, and one without the other is not complete.

    • Tony

      Anonymous, I agree with most of what you said, but I must add that without “tradition,” simply interpreting the Bible correctly is a mind-boggling experience, lending itself to many errors. Tradition is what provides us an educated, historical translation of what the phrases that were used thousands of years ago mean today. The Bible simply cannot be taken literally at face value, according to 21st century culture.

  • Anonymous

    people spend to much time writing and reading there thoughts and feelings on a god they do not know. how can u pickand choose what u want from the bible. god never changes. read his word to us. read your bible not these post and blogs.

    • Bobby

      Reading the Word is very important of course, but never dismiss prayer as a lesser thing of importance. Many times He speaks to us through other means also such as events in the world, nature and yes, in blogs also where He uses those that are open to His grace to spread the Truth. And as always, pray without ceasing!

      1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
      16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

      Ephesians 6:18
      18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

      Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

      • Anonymous

        i understand that prayer is how we communicate with God. but god also left us his living word and in that bible we learn how to pray

        • Bobby

          There was a time where there was no Bible anonymous and it was through prayer they learned to come to know God. Prayer is how we communicate with God. No words are even necessary at times such as when we meditate or contemplate God. When two people are in love all they need is to sit in each others presence. Communing with God either through scripture, formulaic prayer or groanings of the Holy Spirit IS prayer anonymous. There is no right or wrong in this. The goal is being in union with God whether it is through reading the Word who IS God or communicating in prayer. As a matter of fact, the greatest way to know God and the greatest prayer is the Mass.

        • Tony

          No one here is excluding the Bible. Stacy is simply explaining (Biblical-based) background to her child in a very beautiful way. Prayer is a gift of God, and there needs to be no arguments.

          • Bobby

            Amen Tony

    • Isabel

      The Catholic Church preceded the Bible. She is a Living Authority on earth just as the Apostles were. The Church gave us the Bible. Jesus is teaching now, governing now and healing now through His Church. Through the Church God gifts us with many great treasures. God gave the Catholic Church the Bible, our family history, The Mass, (calvary made present) the Eucharist (God Himself) zillions of prayers, the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, holy Communion, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony and The Sacrament of the Sick. We are glad that you love our Bible! We want you to read it (even though, faith comes by hearing and not by reading) and we would love for you to draw closer to God through His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. There is no other founded by God, you know. Much love and many prayers.

    • Markfive

      I know who wrote, or at least inspired these Rosary-bashing responses.
      Exactly what the post was talking about.

      Clearly, you must be on the right track, Stacy, and struck a nerve with the dark ones,
      Like a popular protestant pastor says (yes, we can learn from them too): “no one hunts dead prey”.
      Ignore their taunts.
      No one who loves God takes pride in making others feel bad.
      God is indeed eternal, and like any good friend, He appreciates when we reach out to him. However we do it.
      Salvation requires our faith, not our literacy.
      Blessings. M.

  • Charlene

    Simply beautiful.

  • Brian

    How can you comment on a blog not to read blogs; just read the Bible? Divest yourself of hypocrisy and study grammar and punctuation. God’s name should certainly always be capitalized. Don’t exhibit ignorance and carelessness if you want to tell people to be knowledgeable, studious, and prayerful. Also, praying the rosary is meditating on Scripture and loving the God who inspired it. “And Mary pondered all these things and reflected on them in her heart.”

    • Anonymous

      wow invested grammar I’m texting through my phone. well anyways thatggo to show. u think your way and ill keep reading the word to learn more and more everyday

      • Markfive

        Sad to see a spirit of antagonism out there from those who claim discipleship.
        Ignore the taunts.
        Peace be with you and Blessings.

  • Jo

    I am giggling since I have never read a blog post and then “anon” responses (come out of the dark man) whose comments were so on point about the post. Talk about the temptations to annoyance and frustration. Dear Lord, deliver us from bad grammar and “anonymous” mean spirits.

  • Jeanne

    Enjoyed. But “Demons are more powerful than humans”–don’t agree. We definitely need to understand spiritual warfare as laid out in the Bible.

    • Tony

      Jeanne, I beg to differ with your comment. Demons are “fallen angels.” It says very clearly in scripture that angels are created in a more superior form than humans. I ask that you back up your statement with scriptural references, please.

  • Tony

    Our protestant brothers and sisters responding to these blogs need not bash Catholic traditions. The traditions that Christ condemned in the Bible were the self-serving, man-made traditions of the Pharisees. The later, “Christian” traditions which developed in the early Catholic Church do not seek to compete with the Bible at all, but merely “compliment” it. In all reality, there is no place in scripture that says the Bible “alone” is the only source of communication from/with God. (Besides, “Christian” tradition was around before, and during the writing of the Bible, and does not need to be thrown out). Sorry to deviate here, Stacey, but felt compelled to respond to what some mistakenly said. WONDERFUL story, by the way! :)

    • Bobby

      Let me add one thing to what you said Tony. The Bible, the New Testament in particular WAS oral Tradition until it was written down in what we call the Bible today. Here are a few examples where tradition is plainly taught by St. Paul. This is Apostolic Tradition.

      2 Thess. 3:6, “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.”

      2 Thess. 2:15, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.”

      1 Cor. 11:2, “Now I praise you because you remember me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.”

  • Stacy Trasancos

    Thank you all for your contributions. I wish I had understood the power of prayer and the significance of spiritual warfare as a child. Demons tempt children too, and they need to learn to guard themselves.

    As for debate here, I encourage it as long as it is in the spirit of friendship, even if it gets intense. Ask questions, find answers. Challenge away. One thing I’ve learned about Catholicism is that there are answers for any question I’ve ever thought to ask, which is one reason I fell in love with studying doctrine.

    • Tony R

      I agree Stacy,
      I have taught my kids the “weapons” to use. For my 10 yr old boy, Mass, monthly Confession, we have Blessed insence to burn and lots of Holy water when someone has a nightmare. My daughter 7 and my son both have bibles in their rooms. There are lots of rosaries throughout our home. We have a large St Benidict medal for the entrance of our home. I will bring up from the internet the live video of the Blessed Sacrament. Also, I put music on very low in the home of praise of our Lord like John Michael Talbot or Amy Grant. The kids also let me know when they feel “sparky” is attacking them. A family prayer works well. I tell them to pray and if they can’t think of a prayer that just saying the name Jesus will make most demons flee. these are just a few items. we have many more that we use.

  • Brian

    For the demons as fallen angels, please see St. Augustine’s City of God Part II and his Confessions. The Church has been meditating on the Scriptures for two millennia and it helps to meditate not only with Jesus’s mother but also with Saints and scholars of years past.

  • Mike

    Thanks for your words and the great lessons you are teaching your daughter. Yes, as our dear Pope Francis has recently reminded us in his beautiful daily homilies, satan and evil are real and they exist. We could not possible battle evil alone and absolutely need to invoke the protection and intercession of God. My kids attend public schools where as you know, prayer has long ago been thrown out. So in addition to our prayers at night, we now pray as I drive them to school each morning asking God to be with them, protecting them and on a more positive note asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten their minds so they can learn.

  • Susan

    Thank you Stacy! Don’t forget the powerful Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel — my son loves that one and makes him feel so safe at night!

  • maizie

    It is so important to teach children that there is evil and there are fallen angels and evil spirits. How one does this is between them and the Lord and I have no doubt the Lord is able to lead parents in this way.

    One thing which is poorly taught is just like Noah, Job, Esther. Daniel, and many others, you may have a hard time but Jesus is with you. He isn’t going to always move you out of a tough time but He will make you strong enough for it by never leaving you or forsaking you.
    Children actually do better with the truth then adults.

  • Joe

    Stacy, May God bless you and your family and continue to watch over all of you. To the “anonymous” one who thinks that only sola scriptura is the answer: