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E.M. wrote:

Hi, guys —

My questions are:

  • Does the devil try to destroy your soul?
  • How does he try to do it?

I have a tormented mind with depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

I am under a Dr's care but I do think my illness is from the devil. I am sure God does not want me to be so troubled and obsessed.

  • Also, what is the definition of a person's soul?
  • Is your mind and your thoughts part of your soul?

Thank-you very much for your time and treasure,

I am grateful.

E. M.

  { Does the devil try to destroy our soul and is our mind and our thoughts part of our soul? }

Mike replied:

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 God.

So, yes, he does try to destroy our souls. He wants us to be his associates in revolting against God.

  • How does he do it?

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 Rosary.

Pray the Rosary for yourself and your doctor. This will help you, and help him [your doctor], help you better.

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 as well:

You said:
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 times.

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.

You said:

  • Is your mind and your thoughts part of your soul?


Catholic Dictionary


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,


E.M. replied:

Dear Mike,

Thank-you so very much!!

All the torment, bad thoughts and lies are not from God!! I get tormented with thoughts that are distorted, twisted, and not the truth. I know it's coming from my fears and OCD but some of the thoughts are just not rational so they have to be from the devil.

I am vulnerable in my mind; I try to be pure and I talk to Jesus all day. I will pick up the Rosary and start now. I did not like saying the Rosary because my distortions would say,

"This type of praying will not do you any good; it's a waste of time."

A lie!! I have been under attack my whole life and been battling this, with no hope.

I now feel hope coming in. I will get a Brown Scapular as well.  I live near an Adoration Chapel so
I will make a choice to go more often. I still have doubts, despair, and cognitive distortions;
it's awful. Please pray that Jesus will ease the confusion in my life.

I will pray for your intentions.

Thank-you so very much.

God Bless your work and life,


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