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    • Exorcist Diary #106: Halloween will be Ugly

      I am starting to prepare spiritually for All Hallows' Eve. No bags of candy. No costumes. No pumpkins. As every year, it'll be ugly. Many of our spiritual sensitives will get pummeled by demons. One year, our team decided pray over one of our most gifted throughout the night, trying to shield her from the demonic attacks she yearly suffered. It didn't work. She got pummeled anyway. But she said she appreciated our efforts. Several of our other sensitives will experience increased demonic harassment. Many of our clients who are possessed or severely oppressed will suffer more intensely throughout the night. The priest-exorcists themselves will typically get bombarded with demonic obsessions and an internal battle. There are times during the year when the demonic is more powerful than usual, and Halloween is at the top of the list. It is the demons' distortion of the great feast of All Saints, the following day. Moreover, Satan's human minions will join in and cast curses, spells, and all sorts of evil, which doesn't help. I wonder about parents who dress up their children as devils or witches. Do they have any idea? Our Little Team will spend the evening in Eucharistic adoration. Keeping vigil. We will await the dawn and the feast of all Saints. Then we will be surrounded by the myriads of holy people celebrated on this day. The radiance of divine light shining through them will cast out the darkness. Once again, there will be peace.

    • Exorcist Diary #105: Facing Lucifer

      We spend alot of time dealing with lower ranking demons. Most people who are possessed have such lesser demons... thank God. If we get their names, they are not commonly known. Occasionally we run into a higher ranking demon and then it gets rougher. These are the more well known princes of hell such as Beelzebul, Baal, Leviathan, Gressil, Asmodeus and more. There are moments when Lucifer himself shows up. These are rare. Some demons who inhabit the possessed claim to be Satan or Lucifer, but usually are lower ranking demons perhaps under their direct command. When Lucifer himself shows up, he is typically surrounded by hell's princes and many, many others. This is ugly. So, I was interrogating the demons and commanded them to tell me who was the leader of the possessing demons. The demonic spokesman answered with an arrogant sneer, "“The King of Hell himself is our leader.” He added, “You’re way out of your league.” Later they confirmed, it was Lucifer himself. Ugh. Over a year and a half later, after all the lower demons had been cast out in Jesus' name, including hell's princes, Lucifer himself finally came to the fore. He was not like the others. Rather, his personality was unique and unmistakeable. Lucifer came forward with a hiss and it sounded like a snake. He was not like the lower demons who were often superficially boastful, adolescent, and shallow. Despite their innate intelligence, they acted quite stupidly. Lucifer was brilliant, cunning, measured and deadly. Lower demons cower in the presence of a priest, but Lucifer did not. Later, I consulted an old exorcist who said, "“They are trying to intimidate you to see if there is any lack of confidence in you which they will pursue.” He added, "Don't take the bait." It would be a tough spiritual battle, but I and the team had to trust. Lucifer had a VERY strong army. He marshalled all of his considerable resources, including the princes of hell and hundreds of demons. But we had the power of heaven: the BVM, the saints and angels, and then, of course, Jesus himself. I couldn't lose. I invoked the BVM and prayed the Church's official Rite of Exorcism, with our lay team praying the litanies. The "King of Hell" screamed and writhed like all the rest. As the ancient Rite of Exorcism itself says, "Cede igitur, cede non mihi, sed ministro Christi," that is, "Yield, therefore, yield, not to myself but to the minister of Christ." Eventually, Lucifer was cast out like the others. "At the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Phil 2:10-11).

    • Exorcist Diary #104: Satan's Minions

      The Temptation of Christ on the Mountain by Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1308-1311) A husband and wife have been harassed for years by a woman who practices witchcraft and the occult. Unfortunately, there was an indiscretion and the woman gained spiritual access into their lives. Now she won't let go. The woman sends them voluminous texts every day. They have changed their phone number over two dozen times and she immediately knows the new number and bombards them. This is clearly occult knowledge and gotten through her demonic connection. Considerable prayers and breaking of occult ties and curses has not yet freed them from her. Moreover, despite repeated requests, the police cannot or will not help. This individual is one of Satan's minions, that is, she is a person who has given herself to Satan and does his bidding. Through this woman, Satan is attempting to psychologically destroy the couple and over the years has been wearing them down. In another case, there was a specially gifted, holy woman whose life and ministry was, as admitted by the demons, "foiling their plans." Another of Satan's minions began to stalk her, park outside her house, and harass her near the Church in an effort to get her to stop her pious life and ministry. This minion also had occult knowledge, knowing many personal things about this holy woman's life. She was harassed and threatened for weeks. Eventually the minion gave up and left. It is very sad when we run into human beings who are minions of Satan. In these two cases, it appears that God did not allow them to do any more than harass and tempt. But the emotional devastation can be great, such as in the first case. Will Satan reward his human minions for their servitude? Rather, he will use them and drain them. Then, when finished, he will torture them for an eternity for his own sadistic pleasure. Our prayers first for these people who are targeted by Satan through his minions. Should we also pray for the minions themselves? I choose to do so. No one is outside of the possibility of salvation on this side of eternity. But I am not hopeful.

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    • Angelology and Demonology | St. Michael Center

      Who is the Devil "In these terrifying pages written over half-a-century ago, Nicholas Cortes gives you incontrovertible proof that Satan exists, that he and his legions of devils assault you daily, and that by means of relentless attacks, overwhelming and subtle, they intend to corrupt you, damn you, and drag you into Hell along with those you love and all the rest of mankind." - Amazon How to Purchase The Angels & Their Mission "The truth about angels according to the Fathers of the Church. From the works of the early Fathers of the Church, the late French Cardinal Jean Daniélou has drawn forth threads of knowledge and wisdom which he has here woven into a lucid and bright tapestry that shows us who the ministering angels really are, and how, in every instant and in every way, they are working for your salvation and mine." - Amazon How to Purchase Demonic Foes "The world’s leading psychiatric authority on demonic possession delves into the hidden world of exorcisms and his own transformation from cynic to believer over the course of his twenty-five-year career." - Amazon How to Purchase Angels (and Demons) "In response to actual questions many people have asked him about angels and demons, well-known author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft separates fact from fantasy and myth from reality as he answers 100 common questions about these spiritual beings." - Amazon How to Purchase Talking Back: A Monastic Handbook for Fighting Demons "[This] book Talking Back (Antirrhaªtikos) lists over 500 thoughts or circumstances in which the demon-fighting monk might find himself, along with the biblical passages with which the monk should respond. It became one of the most popular books among the ascetics of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine East, but until now the entire text had not been translated into English.." - Amazon How to Purchase Angels and Demons: A Catholic Introduction "Angels occupy a significant space in contemporary popular spirituality. Today more than ever, the belief in the existence of intermediary spirits between the human and divine realms needs to be evangelized and Christianized. offers a detailed synthesis of the givens of the Christian tradition concerning the angels and demons, in its essential principles by St. Thomas Aquinas." - Angels and Demons Amazon How to Purchase Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms "Adam Blai, an expert in religious demonology and exorcism for the diocese of Pittsburgh, shares advice gained over years of extensive experience with the paranormal. Review the scriptural evidence about demons and the tricks they play to try to gain influence in our lives. You'll also discover the tools the Church has developed for us to combat and resist the forces of evil." - Amazon How to Purchase Angels And Devils "The most thorough book about the Angels yet written! Here, bestselling author Joan Carroll Cruz expounds upon the traditional definitions and delineations of the Angels and Devils, asking and answering virtually every conceivable question about them. Among the many recent books about Angels, this has to be one of the very best, if not the very best yet." - Amazon How to Purchase City of Demons "In City of Demons, Dayna S. Kalleres investigates this developing discourse and the church-sponsored rituals that went along with it, showing how shifting ecclesiastical demonologies and evolving practices of exorcism profoundly shaped Christian life in the fourth century." - Amazon How to Purchase In The Name of Jesus: Exorcism among the Early Church "But for Christians throughout the world especially the developing world exorcism is an important part of the freedom that can be had through faith. In the Name of Jesus is the only book that explores this common part of ministry in the early church. This reliable and historical discussion provides church leaders, Bible students, pastors, and scholars with an intriguing and unique resource." - Amazon How to Purchase


      About the St. Michael Center Advisory Board The Advisory Board The St. Michael Center Advisory Board is composed of those saints in heaven whose intercession has been particularly powerful in our ministry. These saints have continually assisted the St. Michael Center in casting Satan out and helping those afflicted souls along their healing journey to Christ. Thus we seek to honor them for all of the help they give us from Heaven and we seek their continuing aid and guidance. Our Lady of Sorrows Our Lady of Sorrows is a particular devotion to the Blessed Mother that focuses on her sufferings. The Seven Sorrows of Mary are: ​ 1) The Prophecy of Simeon 2) The Flight into Egypt 3) The Loss of Our Lord in the Temple 4) Jesus Meets Mary on the Way to Calvary 5) The Crucifixion 6) Jesus's Body is Taken Down from the Cross 7) The Burial of Jesus This devotion of Mary is powerful in not only casting our demons but also healing of wounds. There is a Rosary to Our Lady of Sorrows that Our Lady herself asked us to pray at the apparition of Our Lady of Kibeho. This feast is celebrated on September 15th. ​ Read More St. Michael the Archangel St. Michael, who is the St. Michael Center's patron and namesake, led the Heavenly forces against Satan and his fallen angels. He continues to wage this war for our souls today. Tradition also holds that he is to escort those who are going to Heaven at their moment of death. He is a champion and protector of all Christians from dangers and perils. ​ He has appeared in a cave in Gargano four times. A basilica was built on the site of these apparitions in his honor. It was through his intercessions that many were spared of a plague spreading rapidly at that time in Europe. Rocks from Gargano are considered to be his relics. ​ There are also many legends of him protecting Christians from both physical and spiritual dangers. His role as general and commander of the forces of Jesus against Satan and all evil works is crucial to the exorcism ministry. We understand that St. Michael is spiritually present at all exorcisms. His feast day is September 29th. ​ Read More St. Gemma Galgani Pictured here is St. Gemma Galgani, also known as the 'The Flower of Lucca'. Born on March 12, 1878 in Lucca, Italy, she was one of 8 children. Gemma was constantly plagued with health issues of one kind or another, all of which she offered up to Jesus. From an early age she had a deep love of prayer. ​ When Gemma was 19 years old her father died and it fell to her to care for her brothers and sisters. Eventually her siblings grew up and were able to share the responsibilities. Gemma was proposed to twice but refused both times as she wanted only to be with Jesus. She desired to be a nun but her poor health prevented this. She fell ill at one time with meningitis and through the intercession of St. Gabriel Possenti, was healed. ​ However, the most notable feature of her life was her mysticism. She had apparitions of St. Gabriel Possenti, she could speak directly to Jesus, she went into many ecstasies, and she was also given the grace of the stigmata. Physicians would try and surprise her to study her stigmata, but when they would come, it would go away. Under the obedience of her confessor she was compelled to write an autobiography. The autobiography was at one point stolen by Satan who tried to burn it. Pictures exist to this day of this autobiography with scorch marks on it. Her clear love of Jesus made her especially hated by Satan who would regularly try to attack her. She was known to spit at, mock, and ignore Satan even during his strongest attacks (which she was later strictly forbidden from doing by her spiritual director). St. Gemma's forceful rejection of Satan and offerings of her suffering for the conversion of sinners makes her intercession quite powerful in the exorcism ministry. She is one of our strongest advocates. ​ She died of tuberculosis at the age of 25 on April 11, 1903. ​ Her feast day is April 11th. Read More St. Padre Pio Francesco Forgione was born on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina Italy. He would later take the name Pio in honor of Pope Pius I. ​ As a child he was very holy. He was known to be able to see guardian angels as well as speak to Mary and Jesus. His remarkable holiness was also met with remarkable suffering. Francesco was often ill and his family was poor. He was not able to study much between his bad health and needing to help his family. Eventually his family sacrificed a lot to allow him to go into the Capuchin Friars. ​ Padre Pio is still to this day well known for his incredible gift of healing and the stigmata among many other miracles such as bilocation, reading of hearts, and casting out devils. Satan would harass Padre Pio often, coming into his cell at night both tempting and beating him. Through all of these attacks Padre Pio remained faithful and at peace following Christ. ​ His feast is September 23. ​ Read More St. Dominic St. Dominic was born in Caleruega Spain in 1170. He was born to a noble family. His mother, Bl. Joan of Aza, was also a very holy woman. ​ St. Dominic is remembered for many things, but among them perhaps one of the most important is that he was given the Rosary in 1214 by the Blessed Mother herself. This devotion was not seen much before then. He founded the Order of Preachers as well (Dominicans). He is also well known to have fought the Albigensian heresy which taught that all matter is evil. He was also a man of intense discipline and mortifications, not even owning a bed. ​ A famous painting by Pietro della Vecchia entitled encapsulates one story about St. Dominic. Satan often harassed St. Dominic. One night Satan appeared as a monkey in Dominic's library attempting to distract him from study by throwing books off shelves and trying to spill ink on Dominic's writing. Eventually Dominic had enough and commanded Satan to hold to the candle for him while he wrote. Through the power of Jesus, Satan was compelled to obey. St. Dominic often overcame the devil which is why his intercession is powerful in casting evil out. St. Dominic and the Monkey ​ His feast is August 8. Read More St. Mary of Jesus Crucified Mariam Baouardy was born January 5th, 1846 in Ibillin which is a village near Nazareth in the Holy land. She also had a younger brother, Paul. When Mariam was 3 both her parents died of an infectious disease and she was separated from her bother, who she would never see again. She was sent to live with her wealthy uncle. She eventually moved to Alexandria where her uncle arranged a marriage which she refused. Enraged, her uncle made her a serving girl and treated her very poorly. In an attempt to escape, Mariam enlisted the help of a Muslim boy to help her get to her brother in Galilee. The Muslim boy thought he could convert Mariam but when his intentions were made clear she refused. This nearly cost Mariam her life as the boy slashed her throat and dumped her body into a ditch. According to Mariam, who lived the rest of her life with a raspy voice and a large scar, she was saved by a woman in a blue habit who later was identified as the Blessed Virgin. ​ She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition when she was 18 in Marseilles. However, she was eventually refused from the order due to her incredible mysticism. She would often go into ecstasies and had regular conversations with Jesus. Later in life she would receive the stigmata. In June 1867 she entered the Carmelites in Pau where she took the religious name Mary of Jesus Crucified. She was also known to have a brilliant devotion to Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. She died in Bethlehem while founding another convent there. ​ St. Mary of Jesus Crucified was possessed by the devil at one point as a suffering for the expiation of sins. This makes her a fierce opponent to evil and her intercession very powerful in casting out Satan. ​ Her feast is August 26th. Read More St. Charbel Makhlouf Youssef Antoun Makhlouf was born in the year 1828 in Bekaa Kafra which is in Northern Lebanon. He was raised in the faith and had two uncles that were both hermits. As a child he had an intense love of prayer. ​ In 1851 he entered Our Lady of Maifouk monastery and then went to the monastery of St. Maron joining the Maronite order and taking the name Charbel. After his studies he became a hermit and spent the next 23 years in prayer. When he died on Christmas Eve 1898, lights were seen around his grave and his body secreted sweat and blood. It is through his intercession that many healings have taken place. These miracles have brought many back to the faith. ​ His feast is July 24th. ​ Read More St. Mary Magdalene Mary Magdalene plays an incredibly important role in the life of every Christian, even today. She is sometimes referred to as the 'Apostle to the Apostles' because she was the person chosen by God to announce to the apostles the mystery of the Resurrection of Jesus. ​ All that is substantially known of her life is known from scripture. It is likely that she was a terrible sinner before meeting Christ. Upon meeting Christ, she was liberated from her possession by 7 demons. This changed her life forever and she began to follow Christ. ​ Her feast is July 22. Read More St. John Marie Vianney Born in Dardilly, France May 8, 1786, he spent his childhood under the shadow of the French Revolution. The Revolution caused priests to minister in secret which was awe inspiring to the young boy. He was catechized in secret by two nuns and received communion and confirmation in secrecy. ​ In 1802, the Church began rebuilding in France. John Vianney was studying for the priesthood in 1809 when he was drafted into Napoleon's army. He fell sick two days after joining and was taken to a town, instead of a hospital, where deserters would go called Les Noes. Here he remained for a little over a year and started a school for the children there. ​ After his ordination he was made assistant to a bishop and then sent to Ars where he founded a home for girls. It was also here that he tirelessly pursued his flock preaching challenging homilies and hearing thousands of confessions. It was also widespread that he had the gift of reading souls. He tried on several occasions to leave to become a monk but was always prevented, once by his own parishioners. ​ Satan would come and attack John Vianney often because he was tearing souls from the clutches of evil. He was so frequently attacked that he had a nickname for Satan which was "the grappin". It is reported he said one time sarcastically, "Oh the grappin and myself? We are alomst chums" ( Aleteia ). He sustained many brutal attacks from Satan, especially when he was going to hear the confession of a very horrible sinner. ​ His feast is August 9th. Read More Pope St. John Paul II Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18th 1920 outside Warsaw in a small town called Wadowice. He had a brother as well. In 1941 when his father died he was left without family as his brother and mother had both passed previously. To make matters worse, he was a Catholic during the Nazi occupation of Poland. He was a man well acquainted with the Cross. Trusting in God he became aware of his call to the priesthood and joined a secret seminary where he began his studies. ​ Being a holy priest, he quickly rose in the ranks of the Church from bishop to Cardinal. Of great significance were his contributions to the Second Vatican Council especially on the document . Gaudium et Spes He was later elected Pope on October 16, 1978. ​ He was a leader in the fight against communism. All the while he maintained his avid outdoorsmanship with a particular love of skiing. ​ According to Fr. Gabriel Amorth, a deceased exorcist of Rome, Pope John Paul II was known to have been an exorcist while he was a priest. It is also known that during his papacy he liberated a woman from demonic possession according to Cardinal Jacques-Paul Martin's posthumous memoirs. ( Aleteia) ​ His feast is October 22nd. Read More

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