Fiona asked:

Can the devil hear us think?

Jimmy Akin replied:

"The Church does not have a teaching on this question. There's one theological opinion that says no ... What I would say is whether or not the devil can we shouldn't worry about it because we're in God's hands, and we can trust God to take care of us and so we shouldn't obsess about questions like that. That's something that's fundamentally beyond our knowledge and we should leave it to God.

You could get in to a state where you're being scrupulous about, 'if I do this is it going to give the devil some kind of clue and is that going to lead to harm?' and when you're at that level you're over cranking the human being. God did not design us to deal with that level of care to things, and so if you find yourself falling into thought patterns like that it's better to back off and leave it to God."


Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: June 24, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 21:00

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