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Exorcist Diary #120: Branded by Satan

"The Baptism of Christ" by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci

Jason woke up with a very ugly four-inch, upside-down cross burned deeply into his shoulder. Strangely, he said he didn't feel it, just a little tingling. Four days later it rapidly disappeared.

Jason had foolishly asked Satan for success in his business and finances. Years later he repented and had returned to the Church. But Satan had not forgotten him and was now laying claim to him. At night, Jason hears the voice of Satan in his head, "You belong to me."

The upside-down cross is a mockery of the cross of Christ. The fact of its appearance without pain and impossible rapid healing attest to its preternatural origin. Like the branding of an animal, Satan was claiming ownership.

In the midst of the exorcism sessions using the new Rite of Exorcism, Jason repeated his baptismal vows. He rejected Satan and all his works. I had Jason explicitly add three times, "I belong to Jesus. Jesus is my Lord and Savior."

In the Rite of Baptism for infants, the priest prays, "I claim you for Christ our Savior by the sign of the cross." Echoing these sacramental words, I then prayed over Jason, "I invoke the power of the keys of Peter and by the authority of the Church, I break any covenants between Jason and the Evil One. The death and resurrection of Jesus cancels any ownership Satan may believe he had over him. I claim Jason for Christ our Savior. In the holy name of Jesus, I set him free."

At root, an exorcism is a rejection of Satan's claim of ownership. In baptism, we are claimed for Christ our Savior. The new Rite of Exorcism is a renewal of the sacrament of baptism and once more freeing a soul from Satan's grasp. I have come away from these experiences with a more profound appreciation and gratitude for the sacrament of baptism we all receive and its power to free us from the Evil One.


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stephen ostia
stephen ostia
Jan 17, 2021

Msgr., I am one of your readers here, from the philippines, and I would like to ask and to have a clarification about my experience last week in my dreams. 5 am in the morning, In my dream I was in a haunted house waiting something supernatural, more or less 5 minutes I was waiting for that until there is something which is very heavy laying in my back and I was already aware that I am just dreaming but I cannot shout, cannot move and I cannot lift that thing in my back. I realize that even though I cannot breath properly I need to relax and ask the intercession of the St. Michael and it stops, my question…


To: cecemarie3

I am sorry about your grandmother; prayers for her and the entire family.

These sorts of pastoral questions are best addressed either by your pastor or

through the Diocesan chancery. They would know best.


Msgr Rossetti


Hi Msgr. Rossetti,

My 96 year old Grandmother passed away this past week. She was a lifelong faithful Catholic who had 10 children, 7 of whom are still living but only 3 of those are practicing Catholics. The non-practicing Catholics are demanding that she be cremated and have her ashes kept at their home until they feel safe enough that the Covid pandemic has passed before they have a burial.

My dad has explained to them the Church’s position on this but they remain unmoved.

Are there any spiritual dangers to cremation and keeping her ashes unburied?



To: Charles Woodbine

When Satan uses an upside down cross, he is not using it to refer to the cross of St Peter but as a mockery of the cross of Christ. It is a common Satanic tactic to invert holy things to mock Jesus. For example, a black "mass" is a mockery of the Holy Mass.

blessings. Msgr Rossetti


Charles Woodbine
Charles Woodbine
Jan 16, 2021

" The upside-down cross is a mockery of the cross of Christ."

I'm a bit confused by this, Father, seeing as the upside-down cross is also referred to as the Cross of St.Peter and is also a papal symbol.

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