• Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Exorcist Diary #34: Coronavirus and Holy Water

It was suggested recently that exorcized holy water will "protect" you from the coronavirus. Hmmm.... This reminds me of the pastor (actually there have been several) who took Mark 16:17 literally and brought in a deadly snake to the church service. Unfortunately, he was bit and died. He might have been better off quoting Matthew 4:7, "You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test."

I have continued to encourage people to use holy water. Yes, I encourage the water to be exorcized and the salt, too, and they should be mixed together, as in the old Rite. The faithful should have holy water fonts in their houses and bless themselves daily. I often quote St. Teresa of Avila from her autobiography, chpt 31:

“From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again….For my own part, whenever I take it, my soul feels a particular and most notable consolation. In fact it is quite usual for me to be conscious of a refreshment which I cannot possibly describe, resembling an inward joy which comforts my whole soul. This is not fancy, or something which has happened to me only once, it has happened again and again and I have observed it attentively….”

However, Catholic theology has long been a proponent of balancing faith and reason. It has long valued the insights of the secular sciences. As St. Thomas said: "The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false."

We must value truth wherever it is found, in this case, what medical science is teaching us about the coronavirus. We ought to take the necessary medical precautions. We ought also to take advantage of whatever spiritual aids are available and trust that God will bless our acts of faith. In this time of widespread fear, we ought to repeat often the words given to us in the Divine Mercy devotion, "Jesus I trust in you."


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