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- Exorcist Diary #233: Generational Curses?
["Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Paradise," stained glass, Church of Saint-Aignan, Chartres] James was a severe alcoholic. After a serious illness that almost took his life, James stopped drinking. He vowed to return to his faith after having lapsed for a decade. However, when he started going back to the Catholic Mass, he began to have strange reactions. He blacked out several times while engaged in religious practices. At night, he felt attacked by evil forces. He woke up with large bruises and scratches on his arms and legs. The scratches were in sets of threes (note: demonic scratches are often in threes as a mockery of the Trinity). Strangely, even though he had stopped drinking, bottles of alcohol would inexplicably materialize around him. His fiancée actually witnessed the bottles suddenly appear at his side as if dropping from his body. Evil forces appeared to be tempting him. His parish priest referred him to our exorcism ministry. In the initial sessions, he made great progress. In addition to attending weekly exorcism sessions, he and his fiancée said a daily rosary and frequented the sacraments, including regular confession. However, after a few weeks, he suddenly stopped going to the sessions. He stopped receiving the sacraments and said he no longer believed. It was a stunning halt with no obvious explanation. But a few short months later, he returned. He told the Exorcist that the spiritual attacks had gotten so bad that he couldn't stand it. The exorcism sessions began again and were again having noticeable benefit. The demonic attacks were getting less severe. However, it seemed to the Exorcist that there was something blocking full liberation. The sessions were not being fully effective. On an inspiration, the Exorcist asked James, "Is there any freemasonry or other cult involvement in your family background?" James responded, "My grandfather was a 33rd degree mason." So, the Exorcist took James through the prayers to lift any curses related to freemasonry plus any other generational curses. In the next session, James experienced great relief. He said it was almost like "a switch turned" and he was liberated. It has been several years now and the demons have not returned. He is happily married and practicing the faith. There is some discussion today about whether generational curses really exist. The Catholic Church has not spoken definitely about this and there is much room for disagreement and debate. However, the senior exorcists that I know all make lifting generational curses a regular part of their ministry. Some theologians disagree and suggest that the sacrament of baptism would complete eradicate any transmission of the effects of generational sins. It is true that baptism does cleanse the person from the stain of Original Sin. However, it does not wipe out all its effects. For example, suffering and death remain in our world because of Original Sin, despite the power of baptism. Others teach that we are not culpable for the sins of past generations. This is true. But the effects of their sins can and do affect us. For example, if my parents were both drug addicts, I am not responsible for their sins. But the negative effects of growing up in a drug addicted household would certainly affect me. But I have noticed that lifting generational curses seems relatively easy for most, as it was for James. Perhaps it is because the children are not culpable for the sins. On the other hand, I have found that casting out the effects of divination, such as the practice of witchcraft, if the individuals themselves had engaged in this serious sin, is not easy and takes considerable time and cleansing. We live in a broken world. The effects of sin are everywhere. We are all affected, in some way, by the temptations and actions of the Evil One. But we remain hope-filled and confident. "Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more ... through Jesus Christ Our Lord" (Rm 5:20-21). ----------------------- *Register for our Lenten deliverance retreat on Saturday April 1st at 11am-2pm Eastern USA time (the same as New York City). Register here or: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7701698950683745116
- Exorcist Diary #232: Demons Are Without Remorse*
["The Monks at Confession at Toledo," after Sir David Wilkie, 1846] One of our spiritual sensitives was present in an exorcism session. The demons were tormenting and choking a possessed person. She was stunned by the demons’ complete lack of remorse or even an ounce of pity. In fact, they actually delighted in making the person suffer. This is an important insight for an exorcism team. We naturally expect people to show some compassion and to treat others with at least a modicum of respect. Demons do not. They will inflict the maximum suffering allowed. Fortunately, God greatly limits them. Nevertheless, we all need to be careful when demons are manifesting and to expect the worst. At times, sadly, we humans also make others suffer. But we have a remedy. We can confess our sins. We can ask for forgiveness from God and from those we have harmed. We can do our best to provide restitution for any damage caused. This is especially appropriate during this Lenten season. Demons are beyond hope. In their absolute and irrevocable rejection of Jesus, they have rejected God’s mercy. However, we humans are never beyond hope in this life, even at our last breath. In the end, it is only by God's mercy that any of us are saved. People often plead with me to liberate them from demons. Some are thinking I have some special prayer that will cast out their evil spirits. I can think of no greater prescription for liberation than a heartfelt confession and cleansing power of God’s mercy. ------------------ *To see a short video on confessing sins and to pray with Msgr. Rossetti for forgiveness, see this video link or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXu7YN_DIDQ If you are Catholic, you should follow it up with the great grace of a sacramental confession. **Register for our Lenten deliverance retreat on Saturday April 1st at 11am-2pm Eastern USA time (the same as New York City). Register here or: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7701698950683745116 ***Register for our free online deliverance session Monday May 8th at 7-8pm Eastern USA time (the same as New York City). Register here or: https://www.catholicexorcism.org/event-details/may-8th-online-deliverance-prayer-session
- Exorcist Diary #231: Demons of Shame*
[Jesus The Good Shepherd, Alex Kovych] "Jane" was besieged with thoughts of shame. These thoughts portrayed her entire life as one of dismal failure. She felt like she was diseased and disgusting. She could not imagine God or anyone else loving her or even wanting to look at her. She said, "I feel like walking shame." Jane is afflicted with a severe demonic obsession. It is more than simply the negative self-talk that so many of us have. Hers is exceptionally strong and it daily torments her. It pounds away at her brain seemingly without cease. At times, the shame overwhelms her thinking and emotionally paralyzes her. True humility is rooted in the truth. Yes, we are all sinners. We are all guilty and have contributed to the crucifixion of Jesus. But this is not the same thing as shame. Shame attacks our sense of self and self-worth. We are made to think we are worthless. Some mystics say that the demons in hell torment the damned with such thoughts of shame. The demons pummel them with the charge that they are worthless and that God doesn't care. Despite our guilt and our sin, we are not worthless. Rather, we are made in God's image and are thus of inestimable value. We are infinitely loved and our sins are forgiven. We are saved by Him. Thoughts of shame and self-denigration do not come from God. With those pummeled by demonic obsessions of shame, I regularly go through repeated renunciations of the "demons of shame." I lead them in saying: "I renounce the demons of shame. I reject them; I rebuke them; I renounce them. In Jesus' name, I cast them out. In his holy name, I cast them out!" It is also good for them to add: "I am a child of God and I am made beautiful in God's image. I am infinitely loved by the Father." I will then say, "May our loving God wrap his arms around you. May you know that you are infinitely loved. Know that you are willed into being by love from the first moment of your conception. You are called and destined for the Kingdom." This is my prayer for you all: May you, too, know that you were lovingly willed into being from the first moment of your conception. May the Father wrap his loving arms around you. May you feel his warmth, his love, and his peace. In the name of Jesus be healed. In the name of Jesus, be at peace. ------------------------------------- *To see a video on the Demons of Shame and to pray with Msgr. Rossetti for liberation, see this video link or: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJCMj9dmgss **Register for our Lenten deliverance retreat on Saturday April 1st at 11am-2pm Eastern USA time (the same as New York City). Register here or: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7701698950683745116 ***Register for our free online deliverance session Monday May 8th at 7-8pm Eastern USA time (the same as New York City). Register here or: https://www.catholicexorcism.org/event-details/may-8th-online-deliverance-prayer-session
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- CHURCH DOCUMENTS | St. Michael Center
Church Documents on the Deliverance Ministry Our App is live! Get it here: Humanum Genus - April 20, 1884 Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Freemasonry Click Here CDF, "Christian Faith and Demonology" July 4th, 1975 The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has commissioned an expert to prepare the following study, which the Congregation strongly recommends as a sure foundation for the reaffirmation of the teaching of the Magisterium on the theme: Christian Faith and Demonology. Click Here CDF, “Declaration on Masonic Associations,” 26 November 1983. Declaration on Masonic Associations Click Here CDF, “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on Some Aspects of Christian Meditation,” October 15, 1989. Document on Christian Meditation and Eastern spiritualities. Click Here CDF, “Instruction on Prayers for Healing,” September 14, 2000 The longing for happiness, deeply rooted in the human heart, has always been accompanied by a desire to be freed from illness and to be able to understand the meaning of sickness when it is experienced. Click Here USCCB, Committee on Doctrine, 25 March 2009, “Evaluating Reiki as an Alternative Therapy,” From time to time questions have been raised about various alternative therapies that are often available in the United States. Bishops are sometimes asked, "What is the Church's position on such therapies?" The USCCB Committee on Doctrine has prepared this resource in order to assist bishops in their responses. Click Here Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII on Freemasonry. Custodi Di Quella Fede Click Here Spiritual Warfare: The Occult Has Demonic Influence - Bishop Donald W. Montrose I do believe that demonic influence is very real and that it constitutes a dangerous threat to our spiritual well-being. What is written here is, at best, a brief summary of a reality that I have no desire to spend much time exploring. Click Here Does “Traditionis Custodes” Apply to the Rite of Exorcism? The question raised is: does the Pope’s Motu Proprio “Traditionis Custodes” apply to the other sacraments and rites besides the Eucharist including the Rite of Exorcism and the Book of Blessings? The answer, based upon this letter from the Sacred Congregation, is no. Click Here L’Osservatore Romano, English Edition, July 10, 1975: Christian Faith and Demonology. A sure foundation for the reaffirmation of the teaching of the Magisterium on the theme: Christian Faith and Demonology. Click Here CDF, “Letter to Ordinaries Regarding Norms on Exorcism,” September 29, 1985. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of prayer groups in the Church aimed at seeking deliverance from the influence of demons Click Here Pope John Paul II, General Audience, 18 August 1999 Among the themes especially suggested to the People of God for their reflection in this third year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, we find conversion, which includes deliverance from evil. Click Here “Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian Reflection on the ‘New Age,’” Pontifical Council for Culture & Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, 2003 The present study is concerned with the complex phenomenon of “New Age” which is influencing many aspects of contemporary culture. Click Here USCCB Exorcism Q’s and A’s Since so much of the common perception of the nature and application of exorcism is shaped by the exaggerations of movie scripts and television programs, the Committee on Divine Worship has approved dissemination of these basic questions and answers, in hopes that clear information is brought to bear on a topic that is often shrouded in mystery or misinformation. Click Here Bishop Barres addresses the use of mediums. “Mediums” and the Catholic Faith A Letter from Bishop John O. Barres Click Here "Guidelines for the Ministry of Exorcism" by International Association of Exorcists The text, a vademecum (Handbook) of exorcistic doctrine and practice of the new Ritual of Exorcisms, is intended for those who exercise the Ministry of Exorcism and for those who are preparing to live it. Click Here
- PODCASTS | St. Michael Center
Podcasts The Purgatory Lady and Diary of An American Exorcist On 11-5-2022 episode of EWTN's podcast, Miracle Hunter , Michael O'Neill interviews Susan Tassone (The Purgatory Lady ) and Msgr. Stephen Rossetti (Diary of an American Exorcist ). Listen to it Here Lions of Liberty In his Finding Freedom podcast, John Odermatt interviews with real people, sharing real stories of overcoming the odds, persevering injustice and unlocking their potential. In this episode, John interviews Monsignor Stephen Rossetti. Listen to it Here The Crab and the Cross In the episode titled, "Demons, Deliverance, & The Psychology of Evil," the Crab and the Cross interviewed Msgr. Stephen Rossetti about the psychology of evil, his role as an exorcist, and the need for deliverance ministry in the Church today. Monsignor offers listeners a special blessing at the end. Listen to it Here Spiritual Warfare Today At the 19th Annual Ignited by Truth Catholic Conference Held on Saturday, April 9th, 2022, Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti delivered a state of the spiritual warfare today. Listen to it Here What is a Ghost? SpiritualDirection.com's Jordan Burke interviews Fr. Dennis McManus on some of the most frequently asked questions regarding ghosts. Questions covered in this session include: 1) What are ‘ghosts’? Are the ghosts we perceive demons or are they souls stuck in purgatory? 2) Can demons pretend to be a ghost? 3) How do you discern a ghost versus a demon? 4) Are they attached to places? 5) Can one develop an unhealthy fascination with such things? Listen to it Here It's Always Demons? (Jimmy Akin's Mysterious World) January 7th, 2022 "When unexplained phenomena arise, many Christians often leap to the explanation of demons being responsible or they warn that certain activities can open you up to demons. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli discuss the accuracy of these claims, how we can really find out when demons are involved, and what can go wrong when we incorrectly think it’s demons." - Apple Podcasts Listen to it Here Inside Exorcisms / Investigating Mothman & UFOs, October 28, 2021 While in his early years as a seminarian, he was lying in bed when he felt "an incredibly powerful spiritual force attacking me" that was lightning fast. He immediately reached over and grabbed his rosary beads, and the attack stopped. He noted that demons can move at the speed of thought, but they are often vanquished or repulsed by holy objects such as the Eucharist. - Coast to Coast Listen to it Here Inside Exorcisms / Exploring Time Travel, July 14, 2021 With his background as a psychologist, he was initially called in to evaluate cases to determine whether strange behaviors were due to mental illness rather than demonic possession. Genuine occurrences of possession, he explained, are marked by signs of preternatural abilities, like when the afflicted person has knowledge they couldn't possibly know, or exhibits superhuman strength. - Coast to Coast Listen to it Here Causes or Cures: A Conversation with an American Exorcist, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti In this podcast, he will describe what it means to be possessed and how possessions manifest, how one discerns possession from an underlying mental or physiological issue, who Spiritual Sensitives are and why they are important, what happens during an exorcism and some of his scarier moments, how long exorcisms take and what he says to the doubters. - Causes or Cures Listen to it Here "Dad's Doomsday Guide" podcast with Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Today, Msgr. Stephen Rossetti joins the podcast to discuss whether human beings can see angels and demons, what this gift looks like, and what he has experienced over the years as a Catholic Exorcist. Msgr. Rossetti is the author of the book, Diary of an American Exorcist, which you can find below: ► https://www.amazon.com/Diary-American... Listen to it Here Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Interview on "Almost Good Catholics" Podcast Angels, Demons, and the Cosmic Battle around Us " I asked an exorcist, Monsignor Rosetti, about the spiritual world around us, the demons he fights, and the mischief they cause. He talks about his life and work as an exorcist, how people stumble into demonic ensnarement, and how we, in our daily practice and through the Sacraments and sacramentals, can steer clear of it." Listen to it Here Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Interview on Fox News Podcast: From the Kitchen Table On this episode, Sean and Rachel sit down with author of the book Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil, Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, discussing his experience as an exorcist and psychologist and the best practices to ward off demons and evil spirits. Later, Monsignor Rossetti shares how he became an exorcist for the Catholic Church, how his background in psychology helps him analyze whether a person is possessed or not, and walks through the ins and outs of performing an exorcism. Listen to it Here Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Interview on Fox and Friends TV "The story behind real-life exorcisms" Exorcist priest Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti discusses his experience with exorcisms on ‘Fox & Friends.’ Listen to it Here
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St. Michael Center Videos Deliverance Prayer Session, March 6, 2023 Recording of the Deliverance prayer session from March 6, 2023. Watch it here! Freemason Renunciations Msgr. Rossetti and Joseph lead the Freemason Renunciations for those who were Freemasons themselves or had ancestors who were Freemasons. Msgr. Rossetti ratifies it at the end. Watch it here! Deliverance Prayer Session, January 2023 Recording of the Deliverance prayer session from January 30, 2023. Watch it here! Deliverance Prayer Session, November 2022 Recording of the Deliverance prayer session from November 28, 2022. Watch it here! Witchcraft 2021 Msgr. Rossetti gives a talk outlining the state of witchcraft in the world today. Watch it here! What to Do If You Have Demons Msgr. Rossetti outlines what to do if you think you have demons affecting you. He discusses effective spiritual practices including the use of sacraments, sacramentals, and appropriate deliverance prayers. This is a good introduction for those with demonic problems. Watch it here! Deliverance Prayer Session Watch it here! A Deliverance Prayer Session by Msgr. Rossetti for those who are being afflicted. The Reality of Curses: Livestream With An Exorcist Listen to a presentation entitled "The Reality of Curses and How to Defend Oneself" and some Q&A. Watch it here! Deliverance Prayer Session, January 2023 Recording of the Deliverance Prayer Session from January 30, 2023. Watch it here!