• Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Exorcist Diary #1: "Stop saying that name!"

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

In the middle of our exorcism session, out of the mouth of the possessed person came the cry, "Stop saying that name!" We had been saying the holy name of Jesus and it was really getting to the demons. They hated to hear it. So, realizing they hated it, we said it all the more, again and again. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.

The name of Jesus is holy. It should never be used in vain or as a cuss word. This would be like throwing something holy in the mud. "At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth" (Phil 2:10). I often quote this passage in the midst of a session, and emphasize the phrase, "under the earth." Even in hell, the name of Jesus is all powerful and every knee must bend.

On earth, the name of Jesus has power to cast out demons. As the Rite of Exorcism says, "In nomine Domini nostri Iesu Christi eradicare et effugare ab hoc plasmate Dei" which is, "In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: be uprooted and be put to flight from this creature of God."

How many saints have died with the name of Jesus on their lips! But to the demons, his name is torture or, truly, pure hell.


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