Skip to comments.The Spiritual Toll of Pervasive Occultism
Posted on 05/04/2010 5:16:00 PM PDT by mlizzy
The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer is president of Virginia-based Human Life International, which has affiliates and partners in 87 countries around the world. A trained exorcist, Fr. Euteneuer has been authorized to perform the ancient rite in several dioceses in the U.S.
Vampires, witches, Ouija boards, Satanic rock music and video games innocent fun? I don't think so. The proliferation of these dark forces is creating a subculture of youth who are suffering the effects of occult involvement. The sheer magnitude of these demonic influences has already left us with a wounded generation of youth, many of whom will receive liberation and healing only through the priestly ministry of exorcism. The problem of demonic infestation has already become, shall we say, "legion" in our culture, and priests need respond to it with the love of Christ and the authority of the Church militant.
I learned this firsthand in 1995 when I was assigned to a large urban parish in Florida. One day, a young man walked into the parish office and sat down. He did not even ask to speak to a priest. I happened to be on duty at the time, so the nervous secretary asked me to meet with him right away. He said he did not know why he was there, but that "something" had led him there. That "something" might have been a demon, but more likely it was the Spirit of God leading him to the Church for deliverance from the demon.
Matt (not his real name) was obviously seriously disturbed. We talked, and he told me a tale of woe that was hard to believe. He seemed to have no father or mother and had never been baptized. He was living a life of rampant chaos in the house of his uncle and immersed himself almost constantly in Satanic music. The only social contacts he had were some really, really bad "friends," so-called Goth types, devotees of the hideous rock star Marilyn Manson. He admitted to doing drugs with them and experimenting with all kinds of occult matter that glorified Satan in both overt and indirect ways. He was fond of violent movies and video games or more likely they were fond of him, a basically soulless cyber-addict.
One day he was with his "friends," and he overdosed. He ended up in the hospital and had an experience he could not forget. In a coma on the hospital bed, he felt like he was descending down a long, cold, and dark corridor. Fear began to grip him as he clearly understood just where it was he was descending to.
So he put his hand out to touch a wall or something, thinking that he could stop his descent, and as he did that, he felt something grab his arm and enter into his chest.He was never the same after that. From that point on he was demonized. Sadly, I was transferred from the parish soon after that and was not able to help him further, but I often pray that he met another priest who gave him the spiritual care he needed.
"Lost! Lost! Lost soul!"Ah, I countered, she was lost, but Christ found her and sent her to His Church. [emphasis; mine] (Read full article here).
Thank you for posting. Now with Harry Potter world Park in Florida, what an explosion of occultic interest. I used to read fantasy novels there is some kind of spell on those books. I would always have a morbid interest to do something I never before thought. When I was a teenager I had spiritual manifestation from a Led Zeppelin album that stopped playing on the stereo. You know how I got out of it? I crumbled up my leg to my chest just saying the Our Father thinking of Jesus. I asked a reverend how that pray worked. He said its an exorcism pray at the end. “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. Oh Boy was he right. A simply spoken pray but powerful with a simple trust in our Lord. Praise Jesus!
It really is unbelievable to think of how things have changed in one or two generations. It was so common to express you faith...no matter what faith it was, when I was a teenager. Nobody made any comments or thought twice about it. Our high school even had BJ Thomas come one time for an assembly and talk about turning his life around and finding faith.
Nowadays you are made to feel uncomfortable with any public expression of Christian faith. My niece had a teacher come over and tell her to stop praying grace (silently to herself) in the lunchroom! The mere sight of a child bowing her head and folding her hands is somehow "offensive"?! It boggles the mind.
**The only social contacts he had were some really, really bad “friends,” so-called Goth types, devotees of the hideous rock star Marilyn Manson. He admitted to doing drugs with them and experimenting with all kinds of occult matter that glorified Satan in both overt and indirect ways. He was fond of violent movies and video games or more likely they were fond of him, a basically soulless cyber-addict.**
This was one of my biggest fears with my last two children in high school. So scary.
Satan is real. Satanism is real. Read “The Franklin Coverup” and you will see just how far up it has reach into the Corporate and Government worlds!
Pray, Pray, Pray is all I can say.
The St Michael Pray is Very Very Powerful pray! But we have to be more bold in these days. I see this occult thing everywhere today. You ever hear Father Corapi talk about his days in Hollywood.
I wear a scapulur and St Benedict Medal myself.
The most wonderful line, to me, in the Our Father, is “Thy Will Be Done.”
As far as I’ve learned over the decades, sin is about “my will” — in opposition to God’s Will. Instant gratification, feelgood temptations, the lure of power, just about any sin I can think of involves setting up our own desires, wishes, wants, impulses, whims, greed, yearnings, against what we know is right, prudent, honest, healthy, honorable, kind.
A life free of demonic infestation cannot be guaranteed. Prayers, fasting, sacrifice, with prudent care of the body, the prayers of friends, frequent reception of the sacraments, making use of the appropriate sacramentals — these help us all to focus our attention on “Thy Will Be Done.” There is no peace like prayers softly prayed in love with the beautiful Savior.
Plus, this is also a reminder to our Protestant brothers and sisters that when it comes to really bad demonic infestations/possesions, call in the big guns, a Roman Catholic priest who is trained to be able to do that! In other words, simply praying for delieverence is not enough!
SERIOUS STUFF, for sure.
Led Zepplin et al are certainly a root to demonic oppression and possession.
Also remember Its the belief and trust of our Faith that Christ came in the Flesh meaning the divine became human which I know you or I as Catholics or Any true Christian Protestant which believe The Apostles creed or Nicene creed. Thats In” 1 John chapter 4” christian requirement. But like a Mormon does say the” Our Father or Lord’s Prayer “too in wording but do not acknowledge Christ in the Flesh its a hollow prayer for them. You know I listen to Christian music sometimes or around the Holidays, when the Handels Messiah comes on the radio I can tell if its from The Mormon Tabernacle Choir with out looking for info. The Holy Spirit shows me its hollow. Its like Holy Spirit sense. Sometimes I can sense this with people in the occult without knowing them.
I read the Harry Potter books. Their approach to magic is, at best, simple minded. I don’t see how they can do much damage.
The problem is not the “occult material” lying around, but the lack of God and the Church in the early life of children. I like occult fiction. However, none of it challenges my faith. Of course, from my earliest memories, my family always attended Church and I attend it now that I’m adult - and my daughters attend with me.
I could not pray to God. I tried as hard as I could, but I couldn't. Out of desperation, I called upon the saints to articulate my prayers and rescue me from this living nightmare. Though I had never prayed with the saints before, I began to understand the Church's teaching of the unity within the One Body. I pleaded with the saints in Heaven to offer God the prayers I was unable to formulate.
Even I felt confident enough to approach God once again; Susan's lunge for the door awakened and invigorated me. Strangely, I found myself repeating the Hail Mary until it became a chant. Being a recent convert to Catholicism, I had yet to accept the Catholic doctrines concerning Mary and considered any form of Marian devotion to be idolatry. Though I had never before prayed a Hail Mary in my life, I suddenly found myself incapable of any other form of prayer. Somehow, Mary's intercessions allowed me to find peace during that long night; I knew that I had survived the worst and that I would exit with my faith intact. It terrified me to recall how close I came to turning away from Christ out of fear.
I left that classroom with a powerful belief in Mary's intercessions and with many questions about spiritual warfare; I also learned a lasting lesson in humility and the limits of human understanding. Was the purpose of that night served when so many individuals were inducted into the Church? Did I witness spiritual warfare? I do not have the answers, but I do believe in the reality of spirits, angels, and other related phenomena that I can neither touch nor see. -- Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare, December 1994, By Bobby Jindal/New Oxford Review
I think if we have spiritual discernment someone can say what you just commented. Maybe but what about the children. You do know the books are highly favored by the Children. They could pretend their way to the powers of hell. What so good about this risk. Why do it. The Vatican exorcist is against it. He knows the enemy better than most. There is now a pink ouji board does that make it kosher. The Devil is on the prowl. To DECEIVE. I mean you should have a healthy spiritual balance. Everything from the enemy comes with a half truth GENESIS 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, Did God actually say, You  shall not eat of any tree in the garden? and the rest is history to our detriment.
Ouji boards are a different animal. Pink or not, when you use it, you’re inviting something in... Not a good thing to do. We had one when I was a kid. I never played with it and I think it quickly disappeared. There is not one in my house and never will be.
Otherwise, kids can pretend all they want. Waving wands and spouting nonsense is as harmless as pointing a toy gun (or a finger) and going “bang!” (And doesn’t get you in trouble with hoplophobic school administrations...)
Get the kids baptized, get them in Church early, do your best teach them right and wrong (and good marksmanship), and things will generally go well.