Rebuking the Demons in Our Life
Saint Cyprian says that the divine mercy is an inexhaustible fountain. They who bring vessels of the greatest confidence draw from it the greatest graces. Hence, the Royal Prophet has said, “Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in you.” (Ps 33:22). Whenever the devil terrifies us by placing before our eyes the great difficulty of persevering in the grace of God in spite of all the dangers and sinful occasions of this life, let us, without answering him, raise our eyes to God, and hope that in his goodness he will certainly send us help to resist every attack. “I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from where help shall come to me” (Ps 121:1). And when the enemy represents to us our weakness, let us say with the Apostle: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Of myself I can do nothing; but I trust in God, that, by his grace, I shall be able to do all things.
Hence, in the midst of the greatest dangers of perdition to which we are exposed, we should continually turn to Jesus Christ, and, throwing ourselves into the hands of him who redeemed us by his death, should say: “Into your hands I commend my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth” (Ps 31:6). This prayer should be said with great confidence of obtaining eternal life, and to it we should add: “In you, O Lord, I have hoped; let me not be confounded forever” (Ps 31:1).