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Exorcist Diary #86: Who is the "Terror of Demons?"


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At the beginning of a session, I typically ask the afflicted person if they have a devotion to a particular saint. If so, we will invoke that saint during the prayers. Recently, in response to my query a person said, "St. Joseph."

So, during the session, while the person was fully manifesting, I invoked St. Joseph. The demons frantically yelled, "No. Not him. Stop!" Pressing the advantage, our team prayed again and again and again, "St. Joseph, pray for us. St. Joseph cast out the demons." This afflicted person has made considerable progress in recent days and her life is almost back to normal with fewer demonic symptoms.

Many people think of St. Joseph as a kind, pious old man who cared for Jesus and Mary. This is true. But he is a true father figure- strong in faith and a defender of the family. Venerable Mother Mary of Agreda in her famous work, The Mystical City of God, said certain privileges were granted St. Joseph by God including "inspiring the demons with terror at the mere mention of his name."

In the Litany of St. Joseph, he is invoked under many titles, most notably "terror of demons." As Fr. Calloway, author of Consecration to St. Joseph, notes: "After the Virgin Mary, demons fear St. Joseph more than any other saint." Blessed Bartolo Longo, a former satanic priest before his conversion, told us: "It is a great blessing for souls to be under the protection of the saint [Joseph] whose name makes demons tremble and flee."

You can find the following prayer in Fr. Calloway's book:


Prayer to St. Joseph, Terror of Demons

Saint Joseph, Terror of Demons, cast your solemn gaze upon the devil and all his minions, and protect us with your mighty staff. You fled through the night to avoid the devil's wicked designs; now with the power of God, smite the demons as they flee from you! Grant special protection, we pray, for children, fathers, families and the dying. By God's grace, no demon dares approach while you are near, so we beg of you, always be near to us! Amen.

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