[quote="InspiritCarol, post:3, topic:269503"]
It seems to me they work 3 ways:
-as any sacramental they become focal points of God's grace
-they express our personal absolute intent to be on God's side in the spiritual warfare realm
-St. Benedict, himself, as a powerful intercessor is frightening for the Devil/demons to behold.
We have them over our doors and windows and they act as kind of a physical manifestation of the "hedge of protection" that God has graced us with. They, as physical creations, are no guarantee of anything; only God can give that promise of absolute deliverence. The medals, like any other gift of assistance God has graced us with show our promise to turn to God for protection; allow the focus for that protection; and physically annoy/deter the evil that would gain entry.
I trust God to take care of me even without them, but I am very glad that He has given them to us for help.
Thank you Carol. May I please call you Carol? I believe that you are the closest to what the Church teaches. Thank you for explaining this to me.
That said, I have felt like demons have really been attacking me lately. I can't hardly focus on my prayers, my Tourettes Syndrome is acting up like crazy, and I have been very anxious lately. My mood seems to change in mere seconds. I can be very happy one minute and very depressed or angry the next. I know it must have something to do with my mental illness but I am taking my medicine as prescribed and everything and this still happens. I feel as though I am really going crazy. I could really use prayers. I am trying very hard to have trust in God and definitely faith, hope, and love, the cardinal virtues but the tics from my Tourettes Syndrome and everything are still bothering me quite severely. I feel as though I need some sort of spiritual help. Prayers will definitely help but I feel I need something more than simple intercessory prayers, like maybe an exorcism. I often do things that make no sense to others and even to myself. I just hope and pray that it stops very soon.