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    • Exorcist Diary #112: Upping Your Game

      Christ the Saviour (Pantokrator), a 6th-century encaustic icon from Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai. I was recently giving a training session for new exorcists. A few were a little skittish, fearing demonic retaliation. I assured them the ministry was safe. God would protect them. But I did add, "You need to up your game." I explained. Being an exorcist is like flying an airplane (I used to be in the Air Force). It is very safe ... but mistakes can be deadly. First, there is no such thing as a "little" sin. Any sin is awful. It is also a fissure that Satan can drive a wedge into. Do you have a problem with alcohol? Sexuality? Pornography? Disobedience? Arrogance? Self-hatred? Anger? Clean up your act first, and then come back. The prenotanda (Introduction to the Rite of Exorcism, #13) advises that the ministry "is to be granted only to a Priest endowed with piety, knowledge, prudence and integrity of life." I stress the last part: integrity of life. Satan will have a field day with someone who is not living priesthood with integrity. Moreover, the exorcist should work diligently and carefully to conform his life to Christ and his Church. We priests typically go to confession at least weekly, say the Divine Office with devotion, do more than one holy hour daily, and are scrupulously obedient to our superiors and the Church. Satan will use the slightest crack in our spiritual lives to get into our heads and wreak havoc. But there is one trait more than all that is essential. Perhaps it is the only trait that really matters. Trust. The exorcist must trust in the power of Jesus Christ, no matter how dark things look. Jesus is Lord! We sleep well at night because Jesus is Lord. We walk into every session with confidence because Jesus is Lord. There is no doubt in our minds how this will all end because Jesus is Lord. It is a beautiful ministry. Jesus is Lord.

    • Exorcist Diary #111: Satan's Ploy

      Saint Raphael the Archangel by Bartolome Esteban Murillo I remember remarking to a fellow exorcist that, as a psychologist, I felt a special closeness to those suffering from mental problems. About ten days later, a young woman came in requesting an exorcism. She explained that she also had a mental illness. She was more than attractive and dressed in a very provocative way. I had an immediate insight (likely from my guardian angel) into Satan's ploy. I thought, "Nice try, Lucifer." I suggested she continue to work with her mental health counselor. Sadly, there have been cases where exorcists, some well-known, who have left the priesthood. I was recently asked why. Two of the cases involved exorcists becoming sexually involved with young people coming in for assistance. There are two primary goals for Satan in every case of possession. The second goal is to keep the person from being liberated. Satan will fight viciously to keep it from happening. But his first goal is to destroy the vocation of the priest and the team's ministry. This would not only stop this exorcism, it would stop them all. Satan will attempt to divide the team, causing division among team members. He will spiritually pummel members, especially those with spiritual sensitivities. He will likely get inside team members' heads and subject them to demonic obsessions, self-doubt, guilt and recriminations. And he will tempt the exorcists directly. It is for these reasons that we put in place strong safeguards. To reduce conflict and division, team members regularly communicate honestly and openly. We make use of strong binding prayers and prayers of protection with every session. We also have firm boundaries: every exorcism session has several people in the room, including another women if the afflicted person is a female. Also, it helps to have a chief exorcist who is an old priest...hah! It is not a ministry for a newly ordained, unless he works under direct supervision. Satan is crafty and knows our weaknesses. It takes a team approach to keep everyone safe, and it helps to have a guardian angel watching our backs.

    • Exorcist Diary #110: "All hell broke loose" ... literally!

      We received a frantic call from a man in Indiana who was a non-practicing Baptist, and his wife was not a believer. They had two children. They recently inherited their house from relatives. The man who previously lived in the house was known to have molested minors and also involved in the occult. He died in April and they moved in around June. Shortly after they moved in: "All hell broke loose," ... literally. They saw dark shadowy figures. There were radical temperature drops in isolated places in the house, e.g. from 70 degrees to 30 degrees. The dog was barking uncontrollably. The children heard a "voice" from the basement calling to them. They often heard strange noises and banging. At night, there was a "presence" which got on the Father's chest and pinned him down. He couldn't move and could barely breathe. When this happened, he commanded out loud, "In the name of Jesus, get off me!" He did this three times and it stopped. They continued to hear loud bangs and a voice say, "hey" and whistling. It sounded like someone was jumping on the floor above and objects shook in the room. The daughter felt something touch her leg and she saw a shadow figure. Kitchen drawers slammed shut. They heard sounds like someone walking around. The wife felt a breeze of air while in the shower and it felt like something was in shower with her. The first priest they contacted seemed skeptical. He asked them if they had mice. They were obviously upset and said, "These things are very real, very scary, and very nasty. I feel like until someone experiences these things that they don't understand what we're going through and how they have affected everything." The entire family was terrified and were sleeping together in the same bedroom at night. This was an emergency. It can destroy a family and their emotional health. So, I immediately contacted the Catholic priest in the nearby parish. He said he was about to go on vacation the next day. I explained the situation to him and he dropped everything and exorcized the house that evening. God bless him! A few days later, I contacted the father of the family. How is it? He responded, "I would say things are better because before things were really bad. The sounds of walking on the floor and sounds of banging and tapping have returned. But it is not as bad." After the priest returned from vacation, I asked him to exorcize the house a second time, which he did. It has been over a year now, and all continues to be quiet in the house. The demonic infestation is apparently gone. There was no doubt that the house was infested. First, there was a clear reason for the presence of demons. The previous owner had molested minors and practiced the occult-- two major demonic doorways. They were basically sane people and the wife didn't even believe in such stuff (until recently). The reported symptoms were classic signs of a demonic infestation. And they were so truly terrified that they slept in the same room. Happily, there was a generous priest nearby who assisted. Also, it was great that it only took two sessions. With deeply entrenched demonic presences, it can take more. Not surprisingly, that family now sits in the front pews of their church on Sundays. The father told me, "We have grown a really strong bond with the Pastor and other church members." He added, "We have thanked God and continue to thank God for the blessings he has given us."

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      Rescued from Satan "Hollywood has co-opted the notion of diabolical possession, placing the devil at center stage. In this book, the very people who suffered the indescribable tell the true story of their trials in which tragedy turns to victory, thanks to the help of a humble and generous Franciscan exorcist. 14 people give their testimony of diabolical possession." - Amazon How to Purchase Hungry Souls "Hungry Souls recounts Church verified accounts of earthly visitations from the dead in Purgatory. Accompanying these accounts are images from the "Museum of Purgatory" in Rome, which contains relics of encounters with the Holy Souls, including numerous evidences of hand prints burnt into clothing and books; burn marks that cannot be explained by natural means or duplicated by artificial ones." - Hungry Souls How to Purchase The Demon of Brownsville Road "Bob, Lesa, and their four children were under attack from a malicious demon that was conjuring up terrifying manifestations to destroy their tight-knit household. They had two choices: leave or draw on their unwavering faith to exorcise the malicious fiend who haunted their home. Now, Bob Cranmer recounts the harrowing true story of the evil presence that tormented his family and the epic spiritual war he fought to save everything he held dear." - Amazon How to Purchase Anneliese Michel "Anneliese, her family, a few close friends, and the two priests involved and their Bishop, all believed that Anneliese suffered from possession. At the time, it was the first official and public case of exorcism in Germany in approximately fifty years, and the only known case to have been recorded on audio tapes. After sixty-seven exorcism sessions, Anneliese died on July 1, 1976 of what appeared to be starvation." - Amazon How to Purchase Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possesions, Exorcism, and Redemption "The legendary bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, whose books have sold over 14 million copies, reveals the amazing true story of his work as an exorcist -- kept secret for more than twenty-five years -- in two profoundly human stories of satanic possession.." - Amazon How to Purchase Father Amorth: My Battle Against Satan "Father Amorth takes you into his private world, giving you a harrowing vision of his daily battles with the Devil. Not only will you learn from Father how he proceeds and why; you'll discover the source of his profound faith and remarkable courage: strengths essential not only to exorcists, but to every person who would truly love and serve God." - Amazon How to Purchase How to Purchase A Notebook on the Devil and Exorcism "A Notebook on the Devil and Exorcism is a collection of articles dealing with extraordinary and real life accounts of demonic activity. Fr. Szymanski wrote this compelling work to address the final conflict between Satan and God and to explain the promise of Mary's final victory foretold in the Book of Genesis." - Pope Leo XIII Institue Possessed "'The Exorcist', a 1973 movie about a twelve-year-old girl possessed by the Devil, frightened people more than any horror film ever did. The true story of this possession, told in Possessed, is based on a diary kept by a Jesuit priest assisting Father Bowdern. The diary, the most complete account of an exorcism since the Middle Ages, is published for the first time in this revised edition of Possessed." - Amazon How to Purchase Deliver us From Evil "A sixteen-year NYPD veteran, Ralph Sarchie works out of the 46th Precinct in New York's South Bronx. But it is his other job that he calls "the Work": investigating cases of demonic possession and assisting in the exorcisms of humanity's most ancient, and most dangerous, foes. Now he discloses for the first time his investigations into incredible true crimes and inhuman evil that were never explained, solved." - Amazon How to Purchase

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      Manual for Spiritual Warfare "Like it or not, you are at war. You live on the battlefield, so you can’t escape the conflict. It’s a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life and its outcome will determine your eternal destiny. You must engage the Enemy. And as you fight, you need a Manual for Spiritual Warfare. This guide for spiritual warriors will help you recognize, resist, and overcome the Devil’s attacks." - Amazon How to Purchase Minor Exorcisms and Deliverance Prayers "A manual containing prayers in English and in Latin which are minor exorcisms and deliverance prayers. This manual contains translations of the Latin prayers into English." - Amazon How to Purchase Parish Ritual "This liturgical book is a new version of the Ritual that is similar to what was called the Collectio Rituum, having most of the features of that book. Moreover, we added an extra appendix which was not in the original. This Latin/English Ritual will certainly be a benefit for all priests who wish to have a useful travel-size book." - Amazon How to Purchase ORACIONES DE LIBERACIÓN: Para Uso de los Laicos Oraciones para que los laicos las utilicen en la guerra espiritual desde el dominio público y el tesoro de la Iglesia. El libro tiene un imprimatur de la Arquidiócesis de Denver. Como comprar Deliverance Prayers for Use by the Laity "Prayers for use by the laity in waging spiritual warfare from the public domain and the Church's treasury. The book has an imprimatur from the Archdiocese of Denver." - Amazon How to Purchase Catholic Handbook of Prayers For Spiritual Liberation and Exorcisms With Redactor's Notes A downloadable book of prayers that include many blessings and prayers reserved for priests. Download Catholic Handbook of Deliverance Prayers "This catholic handbook includes the most pertinent information and generally used prayers in the ministry of deliverance including rules for deliverance of persons, deliverance session prayers, and more. (NB: This book is from out of the country)." - St. Paul's ​ How to Purchase

    • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | St. Michael Center

      Frequently Asked Questions What is an exorcism? ​ (Answer in progress) How long does an exorcism take? ​ (Answer in progress) How does someone become possessed? ​ (Answer in progress) If I think I am having demonic issues, how do I get help? ​ (Answer in progress) I am having problems that I think are demonic, how do I know that they are demonic and not just psychological? ​ (Answer in progress) In encountering those who may be possessed or other kinds of demonic attacks, how might I protect myself in this area as a lay person? ​ The best spiritual protection is living a holy, faith-filled sacramental life. We encourage regular confession, and at least weekly Mass and reception of the Eucharist. This should be combined with daily prayer and regular use of sacramentals such as crucifixes in rooms, holy water, and holy pictures. If people believe they might be the subject of direct demonic influence, then daily deliverance prayers can be helpful. We encourage people to pray the daily “Auxilium Christianorum” prayers found on the APP by that name. There are also many deliverance prayers on our APP: "Catholic Exorcism" as well. In particular, the “Prayer against Retaliation” can be helpful when dealing with someone who may be possessed and also, the “Binding Prayers.” Both of these are found in the section: “Deliverance Prayers for the Laity." Fr. Chadd Ripperger’s book, "Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity” is recommended. It has a number of good prayers of protection. Our website has a link to purchase the book here. ​

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