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The Devil You Don't Know

Author(s): Louis J. Cameli

ISBN13: 9781594712722

ISBN10: 1594712727

Publisher: Ave Maria Press

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  • With insight reminiscent of The Screwtape Letters, Rev. Louis J. Cameli invites readers to reconsider what theyve always believed about the devil. While contemporary media showcase demonic possession and exorcism, Cameli highlights the subtler, more disconcerting tactics More...of the devil: deception, division, diversion, and discouragement that hinder the spiritual journey.


    In some ways, its easy to believe in a devil who makes heads spin round and enables people to levitate. Ubiquitous movies and books about possession and exorcism have trained spiritual seekers to identify evil by its expected Hollywood conventions. By contrast, Rev. Louis J. Cameli, nationally renowned pastoral leader and priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, paints a challenging, unsettling portrait of the devil as a formidable adversary who works great harm, often in quiet, less-seen ways. While remaining a fixture of popular culture, the devil has--until now--been largely ignored in contemporary spiritual writing. Cameli exposes the devils tactics of deception, division, diversion, and discouragement, in individuals and also in institutions. This thoroughly biblical, deft exploration considers the personal and social dimensions of sin, and offers both enlightenment and hope in the power of Christ at work to overcome evil.

  • Louis J. Cameli

    Rev. Louis J. Cameli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago who was ordained in 1969. He served on the faculty of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in a number of roles, including professor of spiritual theology, director of spiritual life, and president of the ecclesiastical faculty of theology. Cameli was the founding director of the Office for Ongoing Formation of Priests of the Archdiocese and served as pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Norridge, Illinois. Appointed by Cardinal Francis George as the Archbishop’s Delegate for Formation and Mission, Cameli currently serves as a resource theologian to the agencies of the Archdiocese. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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The Devil You Don't Know