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American Exorcist-in-Training Shares His Experience
Catholic News Agency ^ | David Kerr

Posted on 07/25/2012 8:07:40 AM PDT by marshmallow

Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- “I never thought I’d end up doing this, no,” admits the young priest whose unexpected path to becoming an exorcist began while saying one of his first Masses after he was ordained 15 years ago.

“At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.”

The instant reaction of one 13-year old boy shocked the young priest, “he fell backwards and started growling. And I thought, ‘I wasn’t expecting this!’”

Several years later, and he is one of a new generation of exorcists-in-training following a decision by the U.S. bishops in November 2010 to vastly increase the number of exorcists. While canon law stipulates every diocese should have an exorcist, it is estimated that they might number as low as 50 in America.

The priest, who is from the U.S. Midwest, spoke to CNA on the basis of anonymity so that he will not be deluged with inquiries. As he explained, “we have set structures to make sure those who most need help get it.”

He now finds himself in Rome, sent by his bishop to shadow the work of the six official exorcists of the Rome diocese. In practical terms that means he is “involved in about three exorcisms a day.”

And the learning curve has been steep. “No two cases are alike. That’s been a real education for me. The rite of exorcism is not a magic formula,” he said.

“It is not the devil or the exorcist who is at the center of this but a person is suffering a lot and who is in need of certain liberation through Christ.”

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(Excerpt) Read more at catholicnewsagency.com ...


TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer
KEYWORDS: demons; evil; exorcism; priest

1 posted on 07/25/2012 8:07:50 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Everyone needs to read this article.

I had my own experiences and dealing with evil in Iraq - old Babylon to be specific!


2 posted on 07/25/2012 8:15:47 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: marshmallow

A good article. I’m reminded of a Charles Coulombe talk, mentioning an exorcist he knew. The gentleman had recounted being asked by someone whether or not they could be present at an exorcism. The exorcist answered that they could be, but advised them to go to the Sacrament of Confession first, as the demons seemed to enjoy announcing the mortal sins of any who were present.


3 posted on 07/25/2012 8:21:27 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: BCW
I had my own experiences and dealing with evil in Iraq - old Babylon to be specific!

Are you the 'real' Lancaster Merrin?

4 posted on 07/25/2012 8:40:55 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: BCW

I would love to hear about it if you would not mind. You can send me a private message if you like.


5 posted on 07/25/2012 8:51:21 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: marshmallow
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6 posted on 07/25/2012 9:03:47 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow
“What is the family?” he asked rhetorically, “A family is an icon; it’s an image of the blessed Trinity, and so the devil hates the family.”

Good words to heed as we see the days before us.

7 posted on 07/25/2012 9:05:11 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (As long a hundred of us remain alive we will never on any condition be brought under Obama's rule.)
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To: BCW

A few years ago, everytime a friend of mine was around, weird stuff would happen. Then I found out she was into cutting and had been diagnosed as schizophrenic. So one night we were hanging out and I was a little tipsy. We were on the couch and her face was about 6 inches from mine. She smiled and for a split second I swear on my life her face was not human. I couldn’t be near her after that.


8 posted on 07/25/2012 9:05:11 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: marshmallow

We should all wear a blessed St Benedict medal especially during these times. I wear one. I give them out when I can.


9 posted on 07/25/2012 9:49:39 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: marshmallow

“The greatest trick The Devil ever pulled off was convincing people he didn’t exist.”
-Kevin Spacey in “The Usual Suspects”


10 posted on 07/25/2012 10:02:54 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

That explains the multi-dimensional and and constant attack on the family. (Real family).

So many educators know the difference that a healthy normal family makes in learning and classroom behavior for students, and then vote for laws and officials who will work to destroy or weaken the family. I don’t believe they are stupid, I believe they are under the influence.


11 posted on 07/25/2012 10:13:13 AM PDT by CPO retired
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To: Oratam

I’m not a priest smarta$$ - I was a soldier - I served 4 tours in Iraq - against a very determined enemy - that was bent on using blood and death to deal out their goals!

I’m not alone - however, most soldiers and Marines won’t speak about it — they tend to ignore that it happened...


12 posted on 07/25/2012 12:03:10 PM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: chae

I suggest you read these two books. They will explain what you saw and what was happening to your friend...

Martin, Malachi, Hostage to the Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Living Americans. New York: HarperSan Francisco, 1992

Amorth, Father Gabriele, An Exorcist Tells His Story. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999


13 posted on 07/25/2012 12:08:50 PM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: GreyFriar; SeraphimApprentice

Exorcism ping.


14 posted on 07/25/2012 12:53:16 PM PDT by zot
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To: marshmallow; netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...
Since Catholic News Agency does not need to be excerpted, I am posting the rest of the article.


As for correct terminology, is it a demon or a devil? “Demon comes from Greek, devil comes from Latin, either is okay,” he explained. What you are dealing with “are fallen angels who were created good.”

The early Church Fathers, including St. Jerome and St. Augustine, speculated that these angels rebelled “because of the revelation to them of God’s plan of incarnation” and their “repulsion at the notion that God, who is pure spirit and infinite, should become a man.”

For this reason, the priest observed, they have a “fascination with physicality” and “making people suffer.”

“So once the rite begins, normally he starts to manifest himself in the suffering person different ways - violence, changing of the face, changing of the voice is different,” he said, recalling recent exorcisms.

“He just wants to intimidate, but you basically have to ignore him and say ‘Hey, I am the one giving orders around here, buddy,’” he laughed.

The demon’s angelic knowledge, he said, also means they are aware that God only permits their diabolical activities to bring about the salvation of people through “expiating suffering.”

“These suffering people are becoming saints (by) the offering of their sacrifices” which God then receives and “blesses large parts of the Church around the world.”

“When you remind the Devil of that it makes him furious,” because he knows he is losing and hence “he wants to get what he can, while he can. If he can’t win these peoples’ souls, he wants to at least make their lives miserable.”

So an exorcist dialogues with the devil?

“Yes, I ask them a series of questions: ‘What’s your name?’ since when you use his name in a command it weakens him.” Once a demon gives his name, the exorcist then tells him to “get out” and also might ask “how he got in and when he’s going to leave.”

“The last one, it’s like they’ve all been coached with the same line, ‘I’m never leaving,’ but they will someday!”

The key is to limit dialogue, said the trainee exorcist. “You don’t want to ask them questions just out of curiosity, that’s not healthy.”

It is also possible to “throw in things just to humiliate the demon,” such as invoking the presence of saints, guardian angels and – most feared of all – Our Lady. It is then that “you can really see that there is a change in the behavior of the demon.”

The end-game often comes when the devil start revealing himself in angry and violent outbursts, when “it is common that there is foaming at the mouth.”

In the case of a curse being broken, the person will “start vomiting objects that were used in the curse or, you know, the vomit or saliva changes from clear to colored.”

It is then the exorcist knows “I’m hitting home, that this is really being effective and so those are good signs. It’s not pleasant to see, but you know that ‘I’m being effective here.’”

The American exorcist-in-training explained that the causes of demonic influence vary from case to case and the impact of participating in evil practices also changes with each case.

But one factor that seems to be a common foundation for people coming under the sway of the Devil is “deep wounds in their lives and, above all, in their family,” particularly where “parents have made really bad choices” and in doing so “have invited evil influence into their home.”

He lists such things as “marital infidelity, abortion, doing things that break the family apart.”

“What is the family?” he asked rhetorically, “A family is an icon; it’s an image of the blessed Trinity, and so the devil hates the family.”



15 posted on 07/25/2012 1:13:51 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: BCW

I would forgive a vanity essay on that experience if you would be so kind to help those who do not beleive there is evil. Those experiences should be shared if you can do it without harm to yourself.

Ping me if you do it so I don’t miss it.
Thanks


16 posted on 07/25/2012 1:50:57 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: All; marshmallow
“At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.”

The instant reaction of one 13-year old boy shocked the young priest, “he fell backwards and started growling. And I thought, ‘I wasn’t expecting this!’”

Look How Powerful the Blood of Christ is when Used! I have spoken the Bood of Christ over many Different occasions. Amazing! The anointing that God gives us as believers. Praise Jesus! Amen

17 posted on 07/25/2012 2:01:03 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: SaraJohnson

What’s the point in explaining a force that was dark - chilling cold in a location that was full daylight and around 115 degrees F...if don’t believe in evil - then it’s not my job to explain evil. This is not the forum or place. It takes much more than words to discuss such a topic.

Understand - I came face-to-face with evil - I wasn’t possessed - but it was there. Babylon is a very rich place for such entities. There were other soldiers there as well. During 2003-2004 - old Babylon or the ruins were occupied by US troops - it was a patrol base until other bases were built.

What’s this - “harm to yourself” comment suppose to mean?


18 posted on 07/25/2012 2:24:06 PM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: BCW

The ‘harm to yourself’ aspect of the comment is meant for your protection. Sometimes I don’t want to conjure memories of dark times in my life and I would understand if you would not want to do that yourself. My older brother served in Viet Nam and did not talk about it to me in an intimate way although he shared everything else with me about himself. He explained to me that he did not want to conjure the images and experiences. So I never again asked him to tell me about his time at war after that. It might not serve you to share that experience of war like it was with my brother. I was letting you know that would be understandable.

This is a Christian website and you are free to discuss your experience in those terms if that is true to you. There are atheists and others here, too. And many who do not believe evil exists. I know it exists. You know it exists.

What good would it do? I think God uses everything to His advantage and if you know evil exists because you met it, sharing your experience will help others to have your testimony that it is real. But as I said, it might not be to your well being to even enter into that memory. I would understand.

Lighten up, Francis. I’m on your side. :) Thanks for serving. God bless you and protect you for all the days of your life.


19 posted on 07/25/2012 2:43:14 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: zot; SeraphimApprentice

Thank you for the ping. Perhaps this is worth a Tuesday night discussion, particularly the reference to ‘attack on family.’


20 posted on 07/25/2012 6:08:15 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: johngrace
We should all wear a blessed St Benedict medal especially during these times. I wear one. I give them out when I can.
I'm still wearing mine, John, hooked onto a brown scapular. :)
21 posted on 07/25/2012 7:15:23 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: mlizzy

Welcome back!


22 posted on 07/25/2012 7:51:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy

Amen! Sister!


23 posted on 07/25/2012 8:07:44 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: BCW

Thank you for your Service!Thank God you got out of there!


24 posted on 07/25/2012 8:18:47 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: SaraJohnson

okay - got it.

Sara, I would suggest getting a copy of my book. It’s all detailed inside. After you are done, perhaps your brother should read it. Iraq was no different from Vietnam - other than the large amounts of sand and little to no vegetation.

I started learning about the enemy - and the whole time while they tried to kill us on a daily basis - I started looking into the religion aspect. I’m Catholic and well aware of evil and the presence of evil. Dealt with it as a teenager where priest where involved. Babylon was like no other place on Earth — I can;t believe I was there even as I look at photo’s I took.

The darkness is there - the evil - a very old and powerful evil. When it is near - when the enemy closes in to attack — that’s what i came to understand - to know and see. I don’t mind sharing, which is why I wrote the book. People need to understand - that one religion was brought to mankind for their salvation and a counter-religion was formed to oppress mans soul and destroy it. This article proves that point - a point I saw personally over there...a point your brother saw as well.

I even think back to the Rolling Stones song — where the devil talks about being there throughout history...those crazy Brit’s got it — and the rest of us need to be reminded of it — and learn more about it through different situations.

Unlike other authors — my book isn’t much - and I don’t get much from it...but it’s there as a learning tool. That’s more important to me than anything else. What’s in the book scared the crap out of the major publishing houses. They were all about it and excited - but after reading it...the ran from what it had to say...

No harm done.


25 posted on 07/26/2012 5:58:27 AM PDT by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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