Can Demons Unite to Influence Society?

… can demons unite and concentrate their efforts to influence  society?

A. The greatest power of the demons lies in tempting us to sin. Since they  communicate among themselves, demons certainly  work together and concentrate their efforts to influence human society. They do  this by collectively devising strategies and by putting them into action in a  specific place. While they desire to tempt everyone to sin, they know very well  that certain individuals have the ability to influence society as a whole  because of their wealth, fame, or power. The communications media are a  particularly powerful influence on today’s society. As such, the demons  especially target these elites.

In politics, demons are never neutral – they always analyze the situation and  focus their energies on those political officials and candidates who will  (wittingly or unwittingly) favor their goals. Undoubtedly, in the German  election of 1932, the demons understood perfectly that their goals would be  better served by tempting the German people to vote for a rather unknown, fringe  candidate named Adolph Hitler. Does this mean that Hitler’s rise to power can be  attributed solely to demonic forces? No, human choice was involved; but demons  were undoubtedly involved, too. Similarly, the Church Fathers, in their writings  about Christian persecution by the state, often point out that such persecution  is rooted in the instigation of demons on rulers and the population as a  whole.

We must always remember that the devil is the Father of Lies, and he seeks to  make evil appear good and good appear evil. At the heart of much evil is the  rejection of human dignity; the demons want us to forget that we have been  created in the image and likeness of God.

There is the famous vision of Pope Leo XIII in which he saw the infernal spirits  concentrated on Rome. This vision was the origin of the Prayer to St. Michael, which the Holy Father sent to the  world’s bishops in 1886 and asked the entire Church to recite. The work of the  angels and the prayers of Christians can impede the plans of darkness. This is  why prayer and sacrifice are so important; they are a bulwark against the powers  of hell in this world and a source of abundant blessings.

Though we must do battle in this invisible struggle with spiritual powers, we  should always remember that in the exercise of our free will we are the authors  of our own destiny. The demons can only influence us to the extent that we let  them. In the end, we do what we choose and are ultimately responsible for these  choices. Not even the concerted effort of millions of demons can force us to do  something we really don’t want to do.  When tempted, prayer is our greatest  weapon, a weapon as powerful as the greatest army or wealth. The demons know the  power of prayer and fear it.

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TAC Priest in South Africa.

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