So you wish evil is just in the movies. The enemy or the devil is real and it hides in many forms. It loves to divulge itself in chaos, arguments, battles, resentments in the workplace. This is an area where stress levels are high. The key to identify its presence is if you do not feel peace at all.
Take the case of a Construction Manager. He works very hard. At least that is what he thinks. In a normal scenario, this is the fact. With evil in the midst, the scenario is very different. His co-workers and boss do not think so. The boss thinks he is making too many errors while his co-worker thinks the stresses at work are the result of his mismanagement. Are those fair observations?
It is like looking at a ketchup bottle, which side are you looking? The one with the label? The top part? The side with the ingredients? It is how you look at it. Is that Construction Manager really committing those errors to make the life of the co-worker harder? Is the co-worker just trying to help the Construction Manager to make his job better by saying what he thinks about the subject? Too many sides to the scenario, do you see yourself entangled in it? Or can you see yourself out of the knot?
In a normal office scenario, stress is very natural. It is expected. But, when a person puts down another person unfairly, there is evil in the process. Satan likes to tickle the weak spots of people. Satan can use a person’s imperfections to make a person annoyed, irritated, in despair, so it hurts more. When it hurts more, you feel resentful to those who gave you those emotional garbages. The cycle continues. Satan is successful in creating a chaos. You know it, because you feel it heavy in your heart. You want to to send a very nasty letter to that Construction Manager, and the Construction Manager wants to reply back to the nasty letter. You can have those torments but once you start to put that in paper, then the enemy will now use t hat against you probably on another occasion.
When your boss confronts you with some of your work, the enemy plays the same tricks. The enemy dictates to your boss, areas which are sensitive to you. If the boss is highly stressed out, he is not at peace, and thus, his logical thinking is also affected and biased. He will tend to criticize. Why? Because, someone is whispering in his ears something. The enemy, is not that powerful. The devil is a very intelligent being though, so it will base its plan to attack you from how you react to past events in your life.
How did you react to those that hurt you when you were young? If the enemy have seen you go into despair because of some related events, then the enemy will use that tactic to put you back in despair.
SO going back to my initial example, the co-worker of this Construction Manager, is also fed some thoughts based on how he was previously attacked by Satan. Without anyone becoming aware of it, they have all sinned against one another. Everyone had a bad day.
Thus, you can only counteract the negative things that happen in your workplace if you arm yourself with prayers. Find a quiet place to bring yourself to calmness. The most important thing you can do is to find that place of solitude where you can pray. Pray for those that hurt you, misunderstood you. Pray for those curses that was brought on you. Pray for the person who think you have done them wrong. Pray that you will be healed from your past hurts. Offer your cross to God. Then, come back to your workplace, only after you have achieved that Divine peace.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.