Saying the blessing before meals might be way more important than you think

Exorcist Diary #9: Don’t Eat A Demon

I was having lunch with one of our gifted laity. We have several. This person has the gift of actually seeing demons. The plates of food were placed by the server in front of us but she did not start eating. It was noticeable. Finally, she looked up and said, “Aren’t you going to bless the food?”

By her demeanor, I knew something was up. I answered, “Something wrong with the food?” She nodded but said nothing. I guessed, “Are there some demons on it?” She said, “Yes.” I gave the typical blessing over a meal. She said the demons quickly left. Again, when the dessert came out, she hesitated. So, I asked again, “Are there demons on this too?” Again, she said, ‘Yes.” This time I made her say the blessing and they left.

Kind of makes you wonder what was going on in the kitchen?!

For more from the St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal, click the link below:

https://www.catholicexorcism.org/post/exorcist-diary-9-don-t-eat-a-demon

Legalizing Civil Homosexual Marriage: Institutionalizing an objectively (mortally) sinful reality.

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by Doug Lawrence

Anyone living “in sin” – i.e. two unmarried persons, cohabiting and having sexual relations with each other  – whether homosexual or heterosexual – institutionalizes and makes permanent a living arrangement which is objectively, mortally sinful.

Many do not understand (or evidently, even care) that it is impossible to make a good confession while maintaining an illicit relationship of this kind, which typically means that sins – any and all of them – cannot be absolved/forgiven in the sacrament of reconciliation – unless and until something changes.

For cohabiting heterosexual couples it would require either sacramental matrimony or once again maintaining two separate domiciles.

For cohabiting homosexuals, sacramental matrimony is not now and will never be an option. Maintaining two separate domiciles is the only solution.

There is no acceptable Catholic “middle ground” – no possible compromise of the truth.

Hence, despite the appearances, homosexual “marriage” is a spiritual “dead end” – virtually guaranteed to have a  dismal future – no matter what Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, President Barack Obama, V.P. Joe Biden and others have to say about it.

Cohabiting heterosexual couples should either get married or stop living together – ASAP – for the good of their own  immortal souls.

This is not rocket science. It’s what used to be known as good old common sense!

Bishop Paprocki explains the reason for his exorcism

A Last Chance for Lost Souls

The good bishop should also be excommunicating … not merely exorcising!

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to Offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-sex Marriage”

SPRINGFIELD — Scheduled for approximately the same time that Gov. Pat Quinn signs into Illinois law the redefinition of civil marriage, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will offer “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth and Lawrence streets in Springfield, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Clergy, religious and laity are invited to attend.

The context for this prayer service may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010,” Bishop Paprocki said.

Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010: “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts. … Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

Bishop Paprocki noted, “The pope’s reference to the ‘father of lies’ comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), where Jesus refers to the devil as ‘a liar and the father of lies.’ So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex ‘marriage’ comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.”

The prayers for “Supplication and Exorcism Which May Be Used in Particular Circumstances of the Church” are taken from the Appendices to the 2004 Latin edition of the Rite of Exorcism, the introduction to which explains, “The presence of the Devil and other demons appears and exists not only in the tempting or tormenting of persons, but also in the penetration of things and places in a certain manner by their activity, and in various forms of opposition to and persecution of the church. If the diocesan bishop, in particular situations, judges it appropriate to announce gatherings of the faithful for prayer, under the leadership and direction of a priest, elements for arranging a rite of supplication may be taken from [the texts provided in these appendices].”

Bishop Paprocki said that since same-sex marriage is contrary to the plan of God (see Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6 and Mark 10:6-9), those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin. He also noted that politicians who enacted civil same-sex marriage legislation are “morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”

“It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church,” he said. “All politicians now have the moral obligation to work for the repeal of this sinful and objectionable legislation. We must pray for deliverance from this evil which has penetrated our state and our church.”

Bishop Paprocki concluded, “Pope Francis has also urged us to be mindful of God’s mercy, so it is good to recall the profound expression of divine mercy uttered by Jesus as he was dying on the cross to save us from our sins, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34).”

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 130 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.

Court pleading reveals alleged details of the Fr. Thomas Euteneur affair

Doe claims she was sexually abused repeatedly by her “exorcist,” Thomas J. Euteneur, who was president of Human Life International and the HLI Endowment; Euteneur, however, is not named as an individual defendant.

Doe claims that Euteneur, a Roman Catholic priest, offers “‘spiritual deliverance’ and the performance of the rite of exorcism,” and did it “with the knowledge and consent of the Diocese and the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde. … On at least one previous occasion, the Diocese and Bishop Loverde gave permission to Euteneur to conduct an exorcism within the Diocese.”

Doe claims that the defendants know that exorcism could be “potentially dangerous to the participants.” She says: “The defendants knew that a basic principle in the administration of an exorcism is that the priest should never act alone, and that he should always be accompanied by a support team who have been duly prepared to assist him.”

Doe says that her relationship with Euteneur began on Feb. 28, 2008, when she signed “a document entitled ‘Agreement for spiritual help.’

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This Week’s Ask Alice: Generational curses



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Evonne Asks: Do generational curses exist, and how can one get them removed?

Alice Answers: The Catholic Church does not promote the concept of generational curses. Catholics and Protestants who believe in such curses usually refer to the book of Exodus as their source.

“The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means clearing the guilty, but visiting the iniquity of the parents upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7)

To best answer your question I spoke with two priests. My Uncle, Fr. Sergius Wroblewski, a Franciscan living at Lourdes Friary, in Cedar Lake, Indiana, has performed numerous exorcisms in South Africa and the United States.

“Exorcists do talk about such curses. I, myself, have never had any experience with generational curses. The person who seems to belong to a family that has been cursed, can and should disregard it if he/she has been baptized and lives out his/her baptism. Baptism removes sin and makes one a Temple of God and the Lord’s possession. If a person is experiencing diabolical attacks, he/she should look within and clean up his/her life.”

My dear friend Fr. Walter Dziordz, a Marian of the Immaculate Conception, is the Pastor at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien, Illinois. Fr. Walter has performed exorcisms.

“There is a book called, “Healing the Family Tree,” which seemed to develop your question as reality. My understanding, however, is that the Roman Church discounted such beliefs as generational curses as pure fiction. As such, the sheer belief in such ‘things’ is what hurts you, as opposed to anything intrinsic in the curse.”

My personal feeling about curses is similar to the opinions expressed by my Uncle and Fr. Walter. Often I’ve seen recurring family problems, such as alcoholism, spousal abuse, money demons, divorce, and depression that span three or four generations. Here’s an example:

Grandpa Will took all the money from the sale of the family farm, ignoring the needs of his 8 siblings. Thirty years later, Grandpa’s son, Johnny, took all of the inheritance money from his 3 sisters when their father died. Twenty years later, Uncle Johnny’s daughter, Kay, took her father’s house and all of his estate money from her brother Bob, leaving him homeless, and so on…………. Rather than a generational curse, Grandpa Will and his descendants influenced and led each other to sin, which persisted to the third generation.

There is much we can do to heal our the sinful roots in our family trees. The affected individuals can go to Confession, since Penance is a sacrament of exorcism. Always, there is prayer for our deceased family members and ourselves The power of prayer is miraculous! Masses can be offered for those living and deceased. Also, we can make reparations for sins committed by ourselves and our ancestors by performing acts of charity and offering our good works to God in their behalf. The benefits of our prayers and acts of mercy are twofold. Our charity provides healing for the recipients of our kindness and by loving others we are healed.

In Christ’s Love,

Alice

Doug Lawrence adds: Another reason the Catholic Church does not promote the concept of generational curses is the reality of the “Cloud of Witnesses” mentioned in the Book of Hebrews which consists of countless of our brothers, sisters, relatives and friends who have gone before us in Christ and are now in Heaven, empowered by his grace, capable of approaching the very throne of God, and personally interceding there for us.

Heaven poses absolutely no barrier
to the power of God’s love.

This, along with the sacraments and the many other benefits of membership in the Catholic Church is typically more than enough to destroy any supposed “curse” … whether real or imagined!

JP II – Reconciliation, Penance and “Sinful Structures”

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Exorcist priest provides tips for defeating the forces of darkness.

He reminds people that exorcism is a prayer and, as such, Christians can pray to liberate a soul or place from the Devil. However, three things are needed.

“The Lord gave them (the Apostles) an answer that also for us exorcists is very important. He said that overcoming this type of demon, you need much faith, much prayer and much fasting. Faith, prayer and fasting.”

“Especially faith, you need so much faith. Many times also in the healings, Jesus does not say in the Gospel it is me who has healed you. He says, you are healed thanks to your faith. He wants faith in the people, a strong and absolute faith. Without faith you can do nothing.”

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You might be possessed if you…

…vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron, scream, dribble and slobber, utter blasphemies and have to be physically restrained.

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Editor’s note: Saturday nights … in many Chicago area pubs and clubs … excepted.

The late Father Malachi Martin on the problem of evil … and exorcisms

Like a mongoose playing a cobra, the priest will attempt to work the demon into a position first of disadvantage, then of vulnerability. He begins by demanding, with the authority of prayer, to know its name.

The demons, says Father Martin, are not always willing to play this game. They lie silent, sullen and hidden. When this happens, the exorcist must provoke them into breaking cover. “You have to tease them out,” he says.

“The demon does not physically inhabit the body; it possesses the person’s will. We have to compel the thing to reveal itself and its purpose. It can be slow and difficult, with the demon taunting, scorning, abusing you – speaking through the mouth of the possessed, but not in his or her Voice.

In the end, though, it does come out – and when that happens you experience the sensation we call ‘presence’. At that moment you know you are in the company of the purest evil. I have felt the claws of invisible animals tearing at my face. I have been knocked off my feet, blinded and winded.

But it is then, when you’ve sensed the ‘presence’, that the real attack on the demon can begin.”

The theory of exorcism holds that once the demon has been drawn out of the body it can be vanquished by the power of prayer. “The whole nature of the thing changes,” says Father Martin. “The demon knows it’s losing. Instead of screaming abuse, it begins to plead for mercy. It says it’s sorry, it begs to be spared. It promises to go home.

But the Bible says that only on the last day can the followers of Satan return to Hell. Where they go, I do not know. We do not destroy them, we drive them out. Sometime I encounter the same ones again. As the demon disappears, the person it has possessed is ‘cleared’, and a wondrous wave of peace comes over them.”

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More about exorcism – from a Catholic priest

She was sixteen years old. She knocked on my door early on a Saturday morning, disheveled and frightened. “There is something around me. It’s like a shadow or something and it talks to me. It’s weird and I’m scared!” I asked a few questions and found she had been hanging around with the members of a witch’s coven in the town. I picked up the phone to call a more experienced priest and she started screaming, “It’s inside me. It’s inside me!” At that point her appearance changed. The pretty teenaged girl looked like a malevolent and sick old woman. She started growling in a foreign language neither of us could understand. The other symptoms of demonic infestation soon manifested themselves, and fortunately the older, experienced priest arrived within minutes and conducted an exorcism then and there. He went through the ritual and when the holy water hit her she shrieked and returned to normal.

I witnessed this exorcism and never wish to even come close to such a thing again. Ever.

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A positive movie review of “The Rite” … plus … 11 things you should know about exorcism.

I would like to say a few things about exorcism that are important to know and remember, especially when sensationalistic movies etc. take liberties. Allow these observations of mine in no particular order.

Read what Msgr. Charles Pope has to say

Exorcist priest speaks frankly and openly about the satanic and demonic

Sometimes people ask, “Why now?” And I say, because now there are more Catholics who are involved in paganism and idolatry, so there are a lot of people who are opening a lot of doors to the diabolical.

The occult is all about power. Now the occult is not synonymous with the Satanic, but it is a doorway.

There are also more and more Catholics, and people in general, now in this country who are involved in New Age things. With the opening of doorways to the New Age and the occult, you do not know what is behind that door; you do not know what you are tapping into most of the time.

So, are there more cases of possession? In five years, I’ve exorcised five people, whom I do believe had a demonic attachment. And I’ve prayed over others who also I think have a demonic attachment, but I’ve not done exorcisms with them.

But what is becoming very rampant is that more and more people are involved in pagan idolatry. Some of it is structured and formal, and some of it is not.

This is coupled with issues that have to do with sexual abuse; 80% of the people who come to me have been sexually abused. That is a soul wound, and a doorway for a demon.

If the soul wounds are coupled with either heavy drug use, heavy sexual perversions, sexual abuse or physical abuse, usually by a parent, a sibling or an extended family member, it becomes a recipe for an invitation for a demon.

It is not like demons just show up. You have to invite them in, or someone else invites them in for you.

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Bishop Poprocki: “Exorcism, whether minor or major, is itself a prayer of the church, which by the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit, effectively breaks the relationship with or hold of evil upon the person being affected.”


Signs bishops and priests look for in candidates for demonic possession include inexplicable activity, speaking a language the victim has no knowledge of, demonstrations of superhuman strength, knowledge of hidden information and an aversion to holy things, like crucifixes or holy water.

“If it’s done, it should be an absolute last resort,” said Baglio. “And priests need to work with professionals to exclude natural causes.”

Though most of the exorcisms Baglio witnessed, some with Thomas were mundane, some involved violent shaking and “unnatural and uncanny” guttural voices that conveyed a sense of deep suffering on the participants’ behalf.

Baglio also spent time with some of the world’s foremost exorcists and heard stories of a woman vomiting up a small black toad (it dissolved when the exorcist went to catch it) and another woman vomiting up seven small black nails.

Baglio also recounts in “The Rite” a story of an Austrian nun who was possessed because her father used to perform satanic rituals on her as a child.

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“It’s a parody of the Catholic rite of exorcism. It’s just a blasphemy ritual.”


The leader of an Satanic church firmly planted in the Bible Belt has raised eyebrows by renting a theater in the Oklahoma City Civic Center for a ritual exorcism of God.

The Church of the IV Majesties is inviting members and the public to view the ritual, in hopes of erasing a lot of the unfounded fears many have about Satanism.

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“The possessed have almost invariably been involved in Satanism,” he says. “They are not innocents selected at random by passing demons. Most have made a deal with the Devil. Only later do they become aware of the Devil’s asking price.”


The late Jesuit Father Malachi Martin was a very interesting theologian, author and priest. He was also a trained exorcist. This is his own blow-by-blow account of what an exorcism is all about.

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Three indications of Satan’s presence in the world: money, lies and war.

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Jesus ultimately defeated Satan through his death and Resurrection and then sent the power of the Holy Spirit to his Apostles at Pentecost.

“When God looks down, he sees Jesus in you,” Mgr Esseff said. “You have that power as baptised, confirmed Christians. And so when he [Satan] sees you, he hates what you would discover about that power that is within you.”

He suggested that each audience member had been tempted that day because temptation was the ordinary activity of the devil.

“Your soul is a battlefield because there is also someone who hates you,” he said. “That one is the devil. The devil knows who you are and what you have. God passed him by. God did not choose to become one of the angels. God chose to be one like us.”

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What’s so special about a Roman Catholic priest? (A must read!)

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Father Clement Machado – Are you a consumer of priests?

By JesusBeWithUs

Published August 17th, 2009

Say the word missionary and many think of a devoted priest hacking his way through a jungle to spread the Word of God.

Now meet Father Clement Machado—a modern missionary hacking his way through secular 21st century America, clouded Catholic thinking and even the work of the devil.

If you’re fortunate enough to hear him tell how the Blessed Virgin Mary visited him at the age of 11, you’ll learn that Mary showed him a vision of Hell and then of Heaven. He knew then that he was going to be a priest.

Father Machado—missionary, exorcist and a surprisingly humble and humorous priest—spoke before a crowd of around 450 on Sunday, Aug. 9th on the Roman Catholic priesthood and Pope Benedict’s declaration of the Year for Priests. He emphasized the year was for priests, not of priests. A year to pray for and celebrate the gift that God has given us through His priests.

What’s so special about a Roman Catholic priest?

The secular mass media, masters of distraction and confusion, as well as hell-bound Hollywood, often portray Roman Catholic priests as very ’special’ people—typically alcoholics, deviants, or pedophiles.

And many religious Protestants are no better, spreading vile anti-Catholicism—calling Pope John Paul II the Anti-Christ or ignorantly claiming that Roman Catholics worship idols. You would be hard pressed to find a Southern Baptist who thought a Catholic priest was equal to one of their ministers. And in a way, they’re very right. Priests are not the equals of Protestant ministers as you’ll see in a bit.

But worse than either Hollywood or the Protestants, both of whom you’d expect such attitudes and behavior from, are Catholics who are blessed to have priests, yet treat them only as a commodity, and not the special gift from God that priests are.

If Catholic priests aren’t so special, why does holy water do the job?

Father Machado quickly cleared through earthly media clutter and Protestant errors in thinking by recounting two recent events in his life—one involving the possessed daughter of a Protestant minister, another other involving an inmate in a New England prison, and another about life imitating art.

His point in telling these stories was to call attention to the fact that there is indeed something very special about a priest.

Holy water or Wally Water?

While visiting Kansas City recently, someone brought the misery of a Protestant minister to Father Machado’s attention. The minister’s young daughter was possessed and her father (let’s call him Wally) prayed fervently for her deliverance. He tried blessing water to drive the demon out, but the Wally Water didn’t work.

Desperate to help his daughter, the minister sneaked into a Catholic church for some Holy Water, brought it home and guess what? The demon in his daughter reacted immediately—and not so happily—to the Holy Water! A true Catholic exorcism was eventually performed and the daughter, freed now, is able to be a normal little girl again.

But was that the end of the story? Not quite. Minister Wally is now training to become a Catholic priest. True story!

Call a doctor (of the church), now!

Another account described how while in New England, Father Machado came across the plight of local prisoner. As Father Machado told it, a psychiatrist was called by the warden of a local prison who begged the psychiatrist to visit, but wouldn’t tell the doctor why.

The psychiatrist arrived and was led to a prison cell, where he saw a prisoner levitating in the center of his cell. The psychiatrist turned to the warden and said, “What do you expect me to do? You don’t need a psychiatrist, you need a priest!”

Fake priest, fake priest!

Even Hollywood is occasionally reminded that there is something very special about Catholic priests.

Father Machado told the story of a recent filming of an attempted exorcism performed by a Catholic priest.

The camera crew didn’t know the priest had a secret.

But the demoniac did.

As the cameras rolled, the demoniac turned and mocked the ‘exorcist’ yelling, ” Fake priest, fake priest, hahaha!” stunning everyone involved. It turned out that unbeknown to the filming crew the priest was an impostor. And Satan knew it.

Dial 1-800-PRIESTS?

Recalling Christ as Altar, Victim, and High Priest, Father Machado urged the crowd to avoid the secular trap of thinking of Christ, or His priests, as mere counselors or psychologists.

“The priesthood is a supernatural calling,” he said. “Christ the Priest is walking in our midst when we see a priest.” And that, he said, is a major difference between a Protestant minister and a Roman Catholic priest. Protestant ministers are symbols, whereas Christ is truly present in the priesthood.

This thinking is paralled, he said, when a Protestant considers the bread and wine a symbol, and Roman Catholics know that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.

And this difference, symbolism vs. reality, is why only a Roman Catholic priest or bishop or above can truly exorcise salt and then water. And that is why a demon knows the difference when an exorcism is being performed (see sidebar).

Father Machado’s pointed out that in the declaration of the Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI said that “God is the only treasure which ultimately people desire to find in a priest.”

Rearrange that sentence and you can see three points the Pope is making in that one small sentence:

People are desiring something,

God is that desire, that treasure, who people are looking for,

And He can be found IN a priest.

Father Machado said to remember that the next time you see your parish priest. Your parish priest is not a psychologist or counselor. He’s not just a buddy to be invited over for a quick meal. He is a MAN OF GOD.

God is in and around your parish priest, he said. When a priest blesses you, your home or your car (and you should ask for all three!), it is Christ Himself flowing through your priest. When a priests baptises your child, God is working through your priest. When a priest celebrates Mass, Christ is there with him as the ultimate Priest, as well as being the Altar and Victim.

If you truly realize the supernatural nature of the priesthood, Father Machado said, it will change how you think and act around your priests.

Father Machado even went as far to say you can tell a good Catholic from bad simply by the way they treat a priest—do you think of your local priests and church as yet another service to be consumed, like that of a dentist, a school teacher, a postal worker, or God forbid a housecleaner?

“A priest is a sign to remind people of God, of the Sacred,” he said, not to be used or consumed and then not thought about until you need the priest or church again.

If you just show up to church on Sundays, you’re a consumer, he says. If you speak of priests in “pedestrian or blasé language,” you’re ignoring the sacred within them.

Yes, Father Machado said, a priest is human just like you and I. A priest is a sinner too, just like you and I.

But there is also something special about a priest too. Someone—Christ—is working through them. Just ask any demoniac. Or anyone who has been healed.

“Too many people treat priests and even the sacraments,” Father Machado said, “as commodities to be consumed.”

I know we have many consumers in our local parish. I’m always astounded as parishioners run for the exits, jostling with the priest as he makes his way for the door, desperately trying to get outside and greet the departing faithful! Too bad they’re already in their cars headed for the next shopping event.

(Father Clement Machado, a missionary of the Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), is well known on five continents for his apostolic preaching, evangelization and healing ministries. His apostolate also includes radio and television work, most notably appearances on Mother Angelica’s EWTN and Vatican Radio.)

The event mentioned above, Marantha “Come Lord Jesus,” was held Sunday, August 9th, at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland. Mrs. Vickie Schneider and her husband sponsored the event, with many wonderful families from two cenacles in Maryland volunteering their time and efforts.

Give us more Holy Priests who are willing to preach on Sin and the need for Confession for the healing of our Souls and bodies.

Submitted by Bob Stanley, with thanks to Father Mark Wheelan

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Good Friday

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Good Friday: The World’s First Exorcism

St. Michael’s exorcism of heaven is witnessed in the 12th chapter of the Book of Revelation where he forcefully casts out the ravenous dragon from God’s realm, and his minions with him. The devil wanted to devour a new-born baby and deprive a woman of her motherhood – kind of like the abortion industry does today – but God would have nothing of it. Yet, Revelation also warns us of the consequences of that exorcism: “But woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come down upon you!” Woe, indeed.

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The devil must also be cast from the earth to the one place where he belongs, in the hell that God created for him and his angels, and this definitive exorcism of the earth was accomplished on Good Friday. Jesus exorcised the devil from our lives by the one and only force that has the power to separate man from the devil and cast him out: His own Precious Blood. One week before His death the Lord Himself solemnly proclaimed that He would apply His authority in this way:

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Now has judgment come upon this world; now will this world’s prince be driven out, and I – once I am lifted up from the earth – will draw all men to myself (Jn 12:31-32).

These are powerful words for sure but not to be taken as just the pious hopes of a man with a death sentence. Jesus was telling us that He would do for us what no other death or human act could accomplish. He would place an absolute barrier between us and the devil with a wall of Blood called the Crucifixion. It all fits together for anyone who has eyes to see: He is the Paschal Lamb that was slain for the sins of His people; He is the new Passover sacrifice celebrated as His people departed the land of slavery; His is the Blood on the doorposts and lintels of His people’s hearts guarding them from the angel of death. No wonder the Church “lifts up” the Cross of Christ for all men to see!

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On Good Friday we must re-learn the value of this Blood for our sad world! By this Sacrifice the devil has indeed been cast out and has no power over those who have entered into the new covenant won by Christ at the cost of His Blood. The devil will continue to carry out his warfare against God’s people, but his work now has no lasting consequences for those who choose Christ. Those who are freed by the Blood of Christ are free indeed. For this reason the Church exhorts us to remain in communion of mind and heart with the Church, the one place where this Sacrifice is celebrated daily. It is the only assurance we have of total protection from evil.

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The Blood of Christ is also our greatest weapon against the evil that afflicts those we love. Do you have a loved one that is pierced by an addiction? Call Christ’s Blood down upon him daily. Pray that the shed Blood will penetrate all the demonic bonds on his soul and break their grip. Do you have a family member or friend mired in an immoral lifestyle? Immerse her in Christ’s Blood and symbolically bring her in prayer to Calvary to stand with Mary at the only place in the world the devil will not go. In time you will see the immense fruitfulness of that Sacrifice. It has the power to exorcise the world and free all its inhabitants from evil.

Today, Good Friday, the Day of our salvation, we proclaim in our Church’s liturgy the immense hope we have for healing from the devil’s malice:

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Behold, behold, the wood of the Cross on which was hung our salvation! Come, let us worship!

Sincerely,

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

Interview With An Exorcist

Interview With An Exorcist

“Not everybody’s inclined to do this sort of thing because it’s not for the faint hearted.”

Father Tom Euteneuer says he has faced the devil. That he is real. And that he is among us.

“The manifestation of demons can be very frightening, but you never have to be afraid of the devil because we always have the power of Christ to deal with him.”

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