Ordinary Diabolic Influence Explained by Exorcist Fr. Ripperger

This content is taken from a lecture given by Fr. Chad Ripperger on exorcism and it is transcribed here by Tony Capobianco.

The Temptation of St. Anthony by    Hieronymus Bosch    Circa 1490. This artwork is in the public domain.    {{PD-US}}

The Temptation of St. Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch Circa 1490. This artwork is in the public domain. {{PD-US}}

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There are six ways in which you can get influenced by the demons. The first one is the ordinary way, which all of us are subject to in this life, save one person, Our Lady. Our Lady is the only one who was not subject to temptation in this life. That’s one of the reasons why She’s called ‘Virgin Inviolate’. She was not subject to temptation. The rest of us are subject to temptation which just means what? The demons have, after Adam and Eve fell, they ceded certain influence of the demons over our bodies. That’s where the battleground is. It’s the body. It’s your body. It’s the flesh, it’s the thing that they use against you... all the things in the world appeal to the flesh and so those are the things that they use to appeal to you bodily. 

They can influence any aspect of your body, which means your imagination. Anytime you’ve committed a sin, it’s in your memory. Well, first of all, they already know about it, because they’ve seen it, except for the ones that are purely mental. They’ve already seen everything that you’ve done and so what they can do is they can go back into your memory and pull it and dig it out and use it as a form of temptation. This is one of the reasons why you have to pray for the grace of forgetfulness. For older people it’s much easier than the rest of us, but you just have to pray for it. So the point being is that they can use these temptations and all of us are subject to that to one degree or another. Normally the temptations are in areas that you need to work on a little bit and you need to kind of deal with; that is you probably have some type of lack of virtue in that area and that’s why Our Lord is allowing it to happen.

The next five are all what we call extraordinary forms of diabolic influence.
— (Fr. Ripperger, Conference on Exorcism)