Hi, E.M. —
Thanks for the question.
The Catechism tells us:
|414 Satan or the devil and the other demons are
fallen angels who have freely refused to serve
God and his plan. Their choice against God is definitive.
They try to associate man in their revolt against
So, yes, he does try to destroy our souls. He wants
us to be his associates in revolting against God.
By planting thoughts in our head
that are totally against Christian values; remember
we are talking about an invisible realm
of real creatures. His demonic hope is
that the thoughts he places in our head will move
on into sinful actions that effect others.
Important: Because of your medical situation,
you have to approach your issue in a balanced manner.
Depression can sometimes make things appear worse than they really are.
None of us at AskACatholic are councilors, but it
appears you are blessed to be under the care of a
doctor. The best balance is to listen to what your doctor
says and take what he prescribes while praying the
Pray the Rosary for yourself and your doctor. This
will help you, and help him [your doctor], help you
The Rosary is a very powerful weapon that has a
high stopping power in CQSC (Close Quarters Spiritual
Combat) with the demonic. I call it my M-16.
I would personally recommend buying a Brown Scapular
I am sure God does not want me
to be so troubled and obsessed.
I agree. Also remember, that the Lord never allows
any thing to happen to us that we can't, through
His Grace, bear ourselves. He is always with us, through our trails and better
Also, He never allows anything bad to happen to
us without pulling out a greater good in the future. Thoughts of despair come from the devil. Thoughts
of hope come from God.
This web page from my Christian Basics page should address most of your questions
about the soul.
- Is your mind and your thoughts
part of your soul?
The animating principle, created
directly by God, which together with the body contributes
to the unity of man. The human soul is immaterial,
rational, and immortal; it is independent of matter
and enables man to enjoy a relationship with God.
Reverend Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.L.
Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Dictionary. Copyright © 1994,
Our Sunday Visitor.
Hope this helps,