Skip to comments.Exorcism tips from Holy Souls Mountain, Saint Michael, Malachi Martin
Posted on 08/30/2011 8:04:32 AM PDT by markomalley
Finding this huge snake skin today, on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, reminds me of my life and times as an exorcist here and there around the world. It comes to mind to do a series on exorcism tips for the new exorcists coming on the scene in America and right around the world.
Mind you, its NOT that Im anything special at all. Its just that Ive had quite a lot of varied experience, both in the training of exorcists and in doing exorcisms. Experience is always useful. Always. In this series, I wont conjecture anything. Ill be extremely strict about the interpretation of restrictive law about exorcism, keeping you within the parameters of obedience to Holy Mother Church.
Heres the first tip, taking a hint from the great letter of Saint Judas (or Jude) in the New Testament (see 1,9): Saint Michael the Archangel would not rebuke the devil, but counted on the Lord to do this for him.
Never, dont ever take it upon yourself to revile Satan. Humbly ask Christ our God, the Son of the Immaculate Conception to do this for you. If you do that, Satan will jump right out of his skin and depart immediately. Hes nothing compared to the Son of the Immaculate Conception. Asking is deprecation. Everyone is free to do that. We do that at the end of the Lords prayer: Deliver us from the Evil One.
If you are an exorcist, expressly mandated by your local Ordinary to do an exorcism or to have the ministry in an ongoing manner, and you are called upon to pronounce an imprecatory exorcism , such as Begone, Satan! imprecation being a direct command never, dont ever forget that you are doing this in the name of Christ our God, the Son of the Immaculate Conception. If you, for a second forget this, Satan will have his way with you. Ive seen this countless times as an exorcist.
In any case, recite the prayer to Saint Michael after every Mass. These are not suppressed for the Extraordinary Form of 1962. That suppression came a couple of years later and would not affect the provisions of Summorum Pontificum for the 1962 Mass.
Even in regard to the Ordinary Form, I think both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have asked that the Prayer to Saint Michael continue to be recited after every Mass.
Perhaps some of you have read the horrific however brilliant book by Malachi Martin, Hostage to the Devil, written in the heyday of Jesuit evolutionary pop-psychology. Youll notice that in each case, he pits the exorcist against the devil, personally, directly, so much so that Christ does not really have a role in the exorcism. Rather, it is a battle of wits between the exorcist and the devil. He even frankly says that in his appendix at the end. He played directly into the hands of the devil on this one. This is exactly, precisely what you are not supposed to do. The exorcist is to depend entirely on Christ Jesus, no more, no less.
I had lunch with Malachi in the mid-1990s so as to discuss exactly this point. It really does seem, as I said, that, for instance, in one case, he was so able to trounce the biological evolution of Theilhard de Chardin, S.J., his fellow Jesuit, for the very reason that he had merely jacked it up one level, to a spiritual evolution, whereby the exorcist was leading humanity onward by way of battling the worst and winning, spiritually. He was rendered quite speechless about this.
Anyway, note the change in popular culture in a different way, whereby it is ourselves who are to battle Satan, not God. This can be seen in statues and paintings of Saint Michael. It just happens that before the 1960s, he is depicted with a very calm face, for it is God who does the battle. After the 1960s, Saint Michael has an angry, almost frustrated face, for he is doing the battle himself. Not good. Again, Saint Michael himself said: May God rebuke you!
Any chance you remember the name of the book?
Much food for thought, markomalley.
I have that book and have re-read it a few times. gets your attention! wonder what his follow-on story is??
It sure was creepy, that's for sure. I'm afraid to even think about what those people saw.
Read that book in the middle of the desert once.
Don’t read it the first time like that.
I read some of the reviews of the book, that was enough for me to not want to buy it or read it. I scare easily so.... now way.
I just sprinkled holy water and blessed salt just to be safe. :)
One of the reviewers mentioned afraid to use the telephone after reading a chapter 14 I think. That doesn’t make sense to me.
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 investigation into incredible true crimes an inhuman evil that were never explained, solved, or understood except by Sarchie and his partner. Schooled in the rituals of exorcism, and an eyewitness to the reality of demonic possession, Ralph Sarchie has documented a riveting chronicle of the inexplicable that gives a new shape to the shadows in the dark.
In Beware the Night, he takes readers into the very hierarchy of a hell on earth to expose the grisly rituals of a Palo Mayombe priest; a young girl whose innocence is violated by an incubus; a home invaded by the malevolent spirit of a supposedly murdered ninteenth-century bride; the dark side of a couple who were literally, the neighbors from hell; and more. Ralph Sarchie's NYPD revelations are a powerful and disturbing documented link between the true-crime realities of life and the blood-chilling ice-grip of a supernatural terror.
too scary for me
I avoid evil at all costs.
Hostage was not an easy read for the obvious reason. At night I was sufficiently disoriented by the book that I put it outside on the veranda of the B & B where I was staying at the time.
Also, I have lived in NYC and would agree with the notion that the City has a palpable influence of demonic evil. That said, as cities go, I found San Francisco to "feel" more evil than NYC by an order of magnitude.
BTW, I would strongly advise that only people of very strong faith should read this kind of material or even entertain thoughts about it. As Scott Peck says about it..."Danger, High Voltage!"
I remember in my early twenties, I was away from the church and would sometimes go into Hollywood to various dance halls. I specifically remember a “bad feeling” or just an overwhelming feeling of being uncomfortable, as I drove into Hollywood. I could never understand that “feeling” until now.... now I understand.
I mentioned earlier that the book would be too scary for me, but what was very disturbing was that many of the reviewers had what they felt were demonic attacks while reading it.
With that said though, it IS important for people to know that the enemy exists, he never sleeps and plots 24 hours a day to ruin our soul.
What that tells us is that he doesn't want them to find out about him. As Sun Tzu said (paraphrase) "know thy enemy."
That said, read that kind of stuff when you are spiritually ready for battle...not before.
I believe properly blessed sacramentals are very important.
I too, was sufficiently freaked out by the book. I do not scare easy. But I remember leaving the night lamp on to go to sleep on one occasion while I was reading that book.
I attended a Catholic church at the time of reading the book. I attended a mass one Sunday and the priest diverted from his homily(lecture), completely off topic, to discuss the designated exorcist and the exorcisms within the diocese (the collection of Catholic churches in a given area). He said that there was one exorcist within the diocese who performed the rite. The priest also said that out of about 5000 inquiries to demonic activity, there will only be about one exorcism was actually performed. He went on with his homily. I was piqued. IIRC, that was the night I was sufficiently freaked out!
More odd still, I was having this same discussion, about the book and the priest, with my son just three nights ago. FWIW
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