The Inner Struggle

Sins & Fomenting Spirits – part 2

Adam Blai

Adam Blai

To quote Adam Blai , from the larger quote at the end of this post, “… It is easy to become distracted by the drama of deliverance and exorcism and lose sight of the fact that the source of demonic problems is a relationship with sin, and usually involves the First Commandment. It is often the case that, over time, emotional wounds lead to sin, which becomes habitual.”

Quoting from Father Chad A. Ripperger’s little book : “Deliverance Prayers”, here is what the first commandment and sins relating are all about:

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THE FIRST COMMANDMENT: I AM THE LORD THY GOD; THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME

Sins contrary to the First Commandment are the following:

neglect of prayer; ingratitude toward God; spiritual sloth; hatred of God or of the Catholic Church; tempting God (explicitly or implicitly, e.g. by exposing oneself to danger of soul, life, or health without grave cause); not behaving reverently when in church (e.g. not genuflecting to the Blessed Sacrament when entering or leaving the church, etc.); excessive attraction to things/creatures (e.g. over-affection to animals, being a sports fanatic, having movie star /music/TV idols, love for money, pleasure or power);

idolatry (worshiping false gods such as giving honor to a creature in place of God (e.g. Satan, science, ancestors, country); superstition (ascribing powers to a created thing which it does not have); hypnotism (without sufficient cause); divination (communication with Satan, demons, the dead or other false practices in order to discover the unknown;

Father Ripperger

Father Ripperger

consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, fortune telling); attaching undue importance to dreams, omens or lots; all practices of magic or sorcery (e.g. witchcraft, voodoo); wearing charms; playing with Ouija boards or rotating tables; spiritism (talking with the spirits);

sacrilege (profaning or treating unworthily the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, and other liturgical actions, as well as religious persons, blessed things such as sacred vessels or statues, or places consecrated to God); sacrilege by receiving a sacrament, especially the Holy Eucharist, in the state of mortal sin; simony (buying or selling of spiritual things); profane or superstitious use of blessed objects (sometimes done in order to remain in sin);

practical materialism (one believes he needs and desires only material things); atheistic humanism (falsely considers man to be an end in himself, and the sole maker with supreme control of his own history); atheism in general (rejects, denies or doubts the existence of God, either in theory or practice, i.e. ignoring Him in the daily living of one’s life); agnosticism (postulates the existence of a transcendent being which is incapable of revealing itself, and about which nothing can be said or makes no judgment about God’s existence declaring it impossible to prove or even to affirm or deny).

Sins against Faith: Wilful doubt of any article of faith; deliberate ignorance of the truths of faith which ought to be known; neglect of instructing oneself in the faith according to one’s state in life; rash credulity (e.g. giving credence to private revelation too easily or believing in a private revelations which has been condemned by the lawful Church authorities); apostasy; heresy; indifferentism (to believe that one religion is as good as another, and that all religions are equally true and pleasing to God, or that one is free to accept or reject any or all religions); reading or circulating books or writings against the Catholic belief or practice in such wise as to jeopardize one’s or another’s faith; to remain silent when asked about one’s faith; engaging is schismatic or heretical worship; joining or supporting masonic groups or other forbidden societies.

Sins against Hope: despair of God’s mercy (to give up all hope of salvation, and the means necessary to be saved), or want of confidence in the power of His Grace to support us in trouble or temptation; no desire to possess eternal happiness in heaven or after this earthly life; presumption (to hope for salvation without help from God or to assume God’s forgiveness without conversion, or to hope to obtain heavenly glory without merit); presuming on God’s mercy or on the supposed efficacy of certain pious practices, in order to continue in sin; refusing any dependence on God.

Sins against Charity: not making an act of charity at regular intervals during life especially during times of necessity; egoism (one cares only about himself, praises himself, selfish, enjoys receiving praise) wilfully rebellious thoughts against God; boasting of sin; violating God’s law, or omitting good works through human respect.”

Ripperger, Father Chad A.. Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity (pp. 112-114). Sensus Traditionis Press.

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Here then, are the rest of the lists, part two, and the conclusion. Remembering the instructions from Fr. Ripperger on the subject of “Fomenting Spirits” and reading the lists … is to bear in mind that since so many demons and evil spirits identify with the vice or attitude they seek to foment, they answer to these names.

As a result some of the entries in these lists will correspond to those vices, disorders and attitudes which these spirits and demons foment. However, other entries can be such that they correspond with a purely natural problem or disorder, or even in some cases not a disorder in itself  but something which may become disordered by the involvement of demons and spirits.

Some of the list entries indicate nothing harmful in itself but may describe the victim’s interior struggles in that fashion, such as “marionette/puppet” may describe how a person might feel interiorly in their struggles.

So, while reading through the lists, one should not presume that a natural activity which in itself is not disordered is somehow by nature driven by diabolic influence. Remember, these “fomenting demons” or “fomenting spirits” are evil spirits whose primary task in our material reality is to incite or cause troublesome acts; to encourage; to instigate and to otherwise get humans to misbehave in more or less serious ways, they indeed are … all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls”. And my main question is “Where do all these spirits come from?”

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Matthias Grünewald - Temptation of St. Anthony, Isenheim Altarpiece Detail. 1515

Matthias Grünewald – Temptation of St. Anthony, Isenheim Altarpiece Detail. 1515

Spirits Against Matrimonial Sacramental Unity: Neglect of Responsibilities toward Children Physically, Emotionally, Mentally, Spiritually; Cursing of Children, Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Incest, Betrayal, Abandonment, Inability to Give Love, Detachment & Indifference Due to Self-Absorption, Abandonment of Religious Practices & Teaching the Faith to Children, Lack of Affection, Over Affection, Lack of Tactility, Lack of Affectivity, Lack of Nurturing, Misuse of Authority, Religiosity & Abandoning Children & of Family for Church; Lack of Availability, Competition for Attention with Children for Spouse, Pitting against Spouse with Children-Putting Children in the Middle of an Argument, Putting Children above Spouse in the Family Relationships, Living out Your Identity in Your Children, Manipulation, Control, Dominance, Over-protection-Stifling because of Fear, Non-protection-Abandonment, Permissiveness, Allowing: Provocative Clothing, Movies, No Discipline, Over Eating of Junk Food; Swearing, Crude Language, Abusive Language, Unapproachability, Fearful Dominance, Deceiving Children, Over-Doting on & Spoiling Children, Disordered Love & Affection for Children, Preferring One Sibling more than Another, Pitting Siblings against Each Other; Disordered Shame & Guilt about Their Character or Bodies, No Discipline, Disciplining without Explanation or Full Cycle of Love, Teaching Error, Mocking or Belittling of Children; Allowing Cynicism, Sarcasm or Critical Humor, Uncontrolled Use of the Tongue, Preferring Friends to Family, Not Allowing Children to Express Themselves, Fighting with Spouse in Front of Children, Allowing Children to be the Parents to their Parents; Adultery & Its Effects, Any Disorders in Children Produced by any Unnatural Sex in Home; Sarcasm, Critical Humor, Gossip, Belittling & Allowing Sibling Rivalry, Permissiveness: Teaching Contraception & Giving Contraceptives to Your Children, Teaching Immorality to Children, Exposing Them to Loose Conduct & Alcoholism, Exclusion in their Rooms; Permissiveness: No Chores around House, No Responsibilities, No Money Management; Occult: Harry Potter, Pokemon, Monster toys, T.V., Books; Non-Protection of Child’s Soul or Spiritual Development & Schooling, Non-Protection & Non-Awareness of Relationships within Family Members & Friends, Herding Children with No Personalized Attention (Large Family), Allowing Uncleanness & Chaos in Family; Murder in Womb, Abortion, Contraception, Scheming, Plotting, Deviant Plans; Non-Explaining & Training in Sexual Behavior, Addictions: Alcoholism, Drugs, Smoking, Gambling, Sexual Addiction

Children: Defiance, Deviant Behavior, Laziness, Unruly & Wild, Out of Control, Temper Tantrums, Hitting Parents; Deceiving-Lying, Curiosity in Sexual Behavior; Procrastination, Rebellion, Stubbornness, Assertiveness & Independence, Leading Parents Around on a Leash; Sibling Rivalry, Fighting, Bickering & Belittling Siblings, Pouting, Daydreaming, Coquettishness, Provocativeness, Mischievous, Impishness, Troubled Behavior, Non-Attentiveness; Coercion of Parents, Manipulation of Parents, Pitting Parents against Each Other; Negative Attention Behavior, Fascination with Occult and Powers, Too Much Time with: Video Games, Sports, TV, Internet; Sexual Perversion, Animal Torture, Stealing & Theft, Anti-Social Behavior, Rebelliousness, Indulgence, Fear, Nightmares, Thumb-Sucking, Bed-Wetting, Nail-Biting; Touchiness over Corrections, Anger & Rage, Fear, Rejection, Sulking & Pouting, Abandonment & Fear of Abandonment In Utero, Fear of Death & Dying, Unwanted Pregnancy, Attempted Abortion, Cord Around Neck, Traumatic Delivery, Following a Miscarriage or Abortion: Suicidal Thoughts, Darkness, Death & Fear of Death, Sadness, Sorrow; Fear of Dark, Nightmares, Emotional Trauma: Panic, Guilt, Shame, Reclusion, Shyness, Ineptness, Low Self Esteem, Bad Self Image, Aggravated Abuse & Jealousy of Others

Sexual Spirits: Seducing, Perverse, Whoredom, Bondage, Masturbation, Sexual Fantasy, Romanticism, Infatuation, Daydreaming, Pornography, Romance Novels, Lust, Fornication, Promiscuity, Contraception – Condoms, Adultery, Disordered Love Relationships, Bestiality, Necromancy, Unclean Thoughts & Desires, Prostitution, Homosexuality (Baal), Lesbianism (Ishtar), Incubus, Succubus, Pedophilia, Jezebel (Seduction) (N.B. re: Homosexuality, she is called the Pestiferous Queen of the Sodomites), Incest, Voyeurism, Coquettishness, Flirtation, Petting, French Kissing, Fondling, Provocativeness, Internet Porn, Lewd Conduct, Lewd Dancing, Molestation, Oral Sex, Unnatural Intercourse, Lack of Modesty, Nudity, Shame, Guilt, Child Perversity, Sadomasochism, Perverted Acts, Sexual Delusions, Obscenity, Wasting of Seed, Indecency, Pleasure Seeking, Premarital Sex, (Need to Forgive Sex Partners & Remove Hooks & Tentacles), Murder of Spirit, Murder of Purity, (Necessary condition to see God), Sexual Gluttony, Sexual Addiction, Ritual Sex, Ritual Sexual Abuse, Insatiable Lusts, Sexual Gratification, Predator, Prey, Orgy (Sexual Carnival), Exhibitionism, Porn Films, Porn Magazines, Dirty Jokes, Squalor (Unclean), Permissiveness, Immorality, Impurity, Sexual Rage (for denying pleasure), Rape, Sodomy, Lack of Custody of the Eyes, Sacrilegious Sexual Abasement (Priests), Gender Mutilation, Ray Knee Kay Fee, Shay Knee Kay Lee (they work together to destroy our God given maleness/femaleness-Gender Mutilation)

The Garden of Earthly Delights is the modern title given to a triptych oil painting on oak panel painted by the Early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch, between 1490 and 1510, when Bosch was between 40 and 60 years old. It has been housed in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1939.

Fear: Ministering Spirits, Fear, Torment, Violence, Fear of Death, Murder of Spirit, Spirit of Death-Ichabod, Suicide, Impending Death, Tension, Fear of People & their Opinions, Human Respect, Torture, Trouble, Anguish Darkness, Grief, Night, Black Disordered Grief, Trauma, Weeping, Oppression, Morbidity, Fixation, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Insomnia, Disturbances, Apprehension, Edginess; Phobias: Heights, Crowds, Cars, Planes, Water, Elevators, Hospitals, Claustrophobia, etc.; Inner Conflict, “I am not worthy”, Self Condemnation, Self Abandonment, Ruminating, Unworthiness, Fear of Disapproval, Fear of Persecution, Fear of Reproof, Fear of Accusation, Fear of Failure, Perfectionism; Crisis, Implosion, Nightmares, Excitement, Turmoil, Horror, Dread, Disgust, Gloom, Doom, Desperation, Disappointment, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Fear of Pain, Fear of the Cross, Fear of Being Hurt, Repression, Suppression of Joy, Suppression, Panic, Anxiety, Worry, Paranoia-Suspicion, Fear of Condemnation, Fear of Judgment, Fear of Rejection, Projected Rejection onto God & Others, Fear of Close Relations, Disordered Fear of God or Hell, Restlessness, Nervousness, Tremors, Tension Headaches, Roaming Around, Nervous Habits, Shackled, Pressured, Viced, Trapped, Barbed Wire, Squeezed, Captive Spirit, Frozen, Isolation, Negativity, Reclusion, Staying Alone, Abandonment-Betrayal, Seclusion, Withdrawal, Indifference, Blockages, Numbness, Closed up, Shut up, Stupor, Locked up, Paralysis, Immobilization, Shut Down, Wall, Coldness, Apathy, Sloth, Escape, Loneliness, Fear of Loneliness, Sluggishness, Listlessness, Sleepiness Others: Yawning, Stress, Laziness, Lethargy, Withdrawal from God & People, Stoicism, Discouragement, Foreboding, Darkness, Sadness, Despair, Despondency, Dismay, Distrust, Disheartenment, Powerlessness, Fatality, Melancholy, Joylessness, Fear of Loss, Fear of Failure, Separation Anxiety, Fixation, “Don’t touch me”, “Leave me alone”, Heaviness, Depression, Neglect, Lost, Strangulation, Suffocation, Immobility, Recoil, Defeat, Weakness of Will, Seductibility, Sentimentality, Blues, Bondage, Bound & Gagged, Tied up in Knots, Chained, Caught, Snared, Trapped, Imprisoned, Netting, Webbing, Black Tar – Verbal Barrage in Hearing Faculty, Self Preservation, Avoidance, Humiliation, Inability to Overcome, Workaholic, Attachment Disorder, Fear of men, Fear of women, Fear of Abduction, Secrecy/secretive, Uselessness, Non-existent, Claiming, Hoarding & Owning Negatives, Holding on to Good Things, Attachments, Bigotry, “I’m not allowed to be here”, “I should be punished”

Womb: Darkness in Mothers Womb, Unwanted Pregnancy, Fear of Pregnancy, Cord around Neck, Undue Sadness from Mother to Child, Birth Trauma, Incubator Abandonment, Adoption, Non-bonding at the Breast, Blood Transfusion, Oxygen Tent or Hospitalization, Previous Abortion, Previous Miscarriage, Premature Pregnancy

Self: Narcissism, Self Awareness, Inadequacy, Self Rejection, Rejection, Self Pity, No Self Confidence, Self Hate/Ugliness, Self Contempt, Self Love, Self-Seeking Behavior, Self Gratification, Self Will, Self Destruction, Self Abandonment, Self Aggrandizement, Ego, Independence, Bad Self Image, Self Depreciation, Sensitivity, Inferiority, Self Absorption, Blockages to God Because of Self Absorption, Self Idolatry, Introspection, Insecurity, Timidity, Ineptness, Shyness, Loneliness, Cowardliness, Self Indulgence, Uselessness, Ideas & Dreams, Agenda, Preconceived Notions, Presumption, Disordered Love, Disordered Responsibility, Disordered Compassion, Self Assumed Heavy Burdens, Self Assumed Pious Burdens, Self Assumed False Burdens, Inability to Receive Love, Inability to give Love, Faith Crisis, Shame, Guilt, Self Reliance, Self Sufficiency, Feeling Accused, Blame, Impulsive, Labor & Toil, Obedient Toil, Drudgery, Aversion, Avoidance, Feeling Unloved, Feeling Unwanted, Pessimism, Indifference, Tepidity, Lukewarmness, Defeat Spirits That Say: “I must be punished”, “That’s not fair”, “I am not allowed”, “This cannot happen for me”, “I am not worthy”, “I can do it myself, “I can’t”, “I wont”, “God can’t”, “God won’t”, “Oh yes I can”, “You can’t make me”, “You can’t help me”, “I can’t be healed” Others Continued: Mine, Perfectionism, Rigidity, Give Me, Doubt, Incredulity, Unbelief, Paranoia, Suspicion, Irrational, Instability, Unstable, Fickle, Folly, Unmovable, Changeability, Unpredictable, Surprise, Irresoluteness, Weakness of Will, Inconsistency, Sloth, Slovenliness, Non-Forgiving of God, Non-Forgiving of Self, Messiah Complex, Imbalance, Deaf & Dumb Spirit, Distorted Hearing, Perverted Judgment, Perverted Thinking, Indecisive, Scrupulosity, Procrastination, Postponement, Postponing Prayer, Inability to be Influenced by Grace, Trance, Anesthetized, Numbness, Spiritual Blindness, Wall, Dazed, Fog, Indecision, Obstruction, Inability to be Taught, Blockages, Non-Formed Conscience, Analysis Paralysis, Distorted Thinking, Hardness of Heart, Wounded Heart, Disconnectedness of Thoughts & Feelings from Head & Heart, Disjointed Spirit, Fractured Spirit, Split/Severance, Undo/Breaking, Opposites – Dual, Paralysis, Forgetfulness, Attention Deficit, Memory Lapse, Memory Loss, Obsessive Compulsive, Passivity, Imprudence, Impulsiveness, Compromise, Displaced Feelings, Transferred Feelings, Negativity, Non-Creativity, Grotesque Self Image, Preoccupation with Appearances & Body, Ignorance, Attachment, Concerned with Things Outside One’s Own Realm, Passive Aggressive, Finality, Dead End, Stunting, Halting, Interruption, Hesitation, Cutting Off, Dismissal, Defilement, Shock, Entrenchment, Temptation, Passivity, Slave of Constraint, Unfixability, Repudiation & Condemnation, Coveting, Being Served, Not Serving

The last Judgement, Hans Memling, painted between 1467 and 1471

The last Judgement, Hans Memling, painted between 1467 and 1471

Anger: Anger, Rage, Outrage, Blind Rage, Resentment, Unforgiveness, Spite, Animosity, Brooding over Injuries, Vindictiveness, Violence, Temper, Temper Tantrums, Out Bursts, Revenge, Lashing Out, Retaliation, Murder, Murder of Spirit, Abortion/Never, Bitterness, Bitterroot, Defiance, Avenging, Mercilessness, Belittling, Biting, Cruel, Inconsideration of Others’ Feelings, Inability to Feel Others’ Pain, Wicked Penetration, Agitation, Destruction, Accusation, Disfigurement/Mutilation, Relentless Rage, Pulverizing, Overkill, Compassionlessness, Torture, Predator, Stubbornness, Rebelliousness, Contempt, Vehemence, Contrivance, Strife, Division – Dabbles, Contention, Arguing, Quarreling, Bickering, Fighting, Rejoicing in Evil, Sadism, Masochism, Pouting, Impatience, Marital Discord, Hatred for Parents, Opposition, Disagree, Enmity, Cruelty, Envy, Bludgeoning, Jealousy, Spirit of Wickedness, Spirit of Wicked Penetration, Screaming, Feeling out of Control, Blame, Vulgarity, Foul language, Uncontrolled use of the Tongue, Name Calling, Cursing, Lying, Discord, Disorder, Dysfunctional Behavior, Havoc, Chaos, Confusion, Calamity Calumny Verbal Abuse Physical Abuse Addictions: Drugs, Alcoholism, Sex, Smoking, Gambling, Deviant Behavior, Curtness, Gossip, Talkativeness, Spitting, Blasphemy, Sarcasm, Cynicism, Jeering, Wishing Evil, Relishing Evil, Holding Secret Antipathies & Hatred, Coldness, Hatred, Hatred of Men, Hatred of Women, Bigotry, Willfulness, Mockery, Mimicry, Criticism, Yelling, Dirty Jokes, Critical Humor, Cursing of Children By Parents or Grandparents, Tearing of Flesh, Mutilation, Self Inflicted Pain, Destruction, Spirit of Detraction, Hurtful, Ruinous of Others’ Reputation, Destruction of Others’ Property & Reputation, Depreciation, Fault Finding, Frenzy, Adversity, Emotional Hostage-Taking, Disunity

Pride: Boasting, Bragging, Haughtiness, Pride, Arrogance, Detraction, Obstinate Pride, Conceit, Wounded Pride, Aggrandizement of Self, Grandiosity, Judgmental, Spiritual Wrath at God, Pride of Vocation, Nursing Wounds, Insolence, Vanity, Vainglory, Superiority, Indignation, Self Righteous, Resistance, Non Submissive, Repelling, Opening Ears to Evil, Cloak & Dagger (political), Reverse Polarization, (Repels Self from God (Magnets), Supremacy, Challenge, Opposition, Spoiled, Will not receive correction, Willfulness, Worldly Success & Achievement, Prowess, Fanaticism, “I will do if,” Self Idolatry, Holding Secret Antipathies, Distortion of Truth, Agitation, Religiosity, False Sense of Confidence, Self Magnification, Machismo, Egoism, Worldliness, Competition, Exaggeration, Bloated, Control, Manipulation, Dominance, Domineering, Power, Exalted Feelings, Scheming, Plotting, Dishonor, Disprove, Cunning, Conniving, Idolatry, Intellectual Prowess, Intellectualizing, Self Actualization, Self Elevation, Judgment Comparison, Acquired Situational Narcissism, (Adulation in Early Life-Complicated with Pressure), Buffoonery, Jocularity, Party Foolishness, Uncontrolled Behavior, Intemperance, Drunkenness, Gluttony, Mirth – Gaiety – Foolishness, Debauchery, Minimalization of Sin, Undisciplined, Unruly, Wild, Free Spirit that Obeys & Follows No Law, Lawlessness, Self Righteous Indignation, Spiritual Superiority, Sacrilegious Communions, Aversion to Others, “Below My Dignity”, Unrest, Agitation, Irritation, Spiritual Wrath Directed at God, Because of No Consolation, Emphasizes Letter of the Law & Not It’s Spirit, Burning Desire to Justify Self, Burning Desire to Correct Others and Judge Them, Rebelliousness, Rebelliousness against Leaders & Authority, “I will not serve”, “I will not submit”, “I will not”, Touchiness over Correction, Hypocritical, Self Righteousness,

Judas Spirit: Betrayal, Won’t Forgive Self, God Can’t Forgive Me; Divided Loyalty, Pharisee, Sanctimoniousness, (Pretending to be of High Morals without Being So), Self Denial & Discipline for Worldly Gain, Self Achievement, • “I will do it”, • “Only I can do it”, Diabolic Strength – Strength apart from God, Empowerment, Severity, Disciplinarian – Dictator, Workaholic, Stubbornness, Curiosity

Ripperger, Father Chad A.. Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity (p. 101- 111). Sensus Traditionis Press.

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There is another interesting and helpful article at St. Paul Center, by Adam Blai . Blai is an expert on religious demonology and exorcism for the Pittsburgh Diocese. He has been an auxiliary member of the International Association of Exorcists in Rome for a number of years. Blai is the author of Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms, a field guide to defense against the demonic. thus:

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“… Over the last fifty years or so, most deliverance work was done by Protestant denominations, and the books on deliverance over that time were from those perspectives. One erroneous idea that comes out of this tradition is that anything commanded to a demon by a baptized Christian in the name of Jesus will be obeyed immediately.

This is a magical-thinking approach as it doesn’t take into account the free will of the person in relationship with that demon. We cannot foist our choices onto other adults; they have their own free will.

In some Protestant books on deliverance, one is encouraged to speak directly to, and command, the demons. This is imprecatory prayer, a direct command. It is critical to understand that imprecatory prayer directly commands a demon, which is a tacit acceptance to a personal battle with that demon, while deprecatory prayer asks God to act against the demon.

The Catholic Church has understood that the full authority to command demons was given to the Twelve Apostles, therefore a priest needs Apostolic authority given to him by a bishop before he engages in a battle with a demon. Of course a bishop, cardinal, or pope can do an exorcism at any time.

It is easy to become distracted by the drama of deliverance and exorcism and lose sight of the fact that the source of demonic problems is a relationship with sin, and usually involves the First Commandment. It is often the case that, over time, emotional wounds lead to sin, which becomes habitual. The person grows in the wrong direction, like a tree that is bound and canted to the side as a sapling.

The deception of the demon is to hide in these wounded feelings and distorted sense of self, seeming integral and necessary while fomenting more harm. People affected by demons must begin their healing by letting go of their own sins through repentance and of the sins of others through forgiveness.

The cycle of repentance and forgiveness is bolstered by reaffirming one’s loyalty to God, such as with the recitation of the Apostles’ Creed, the renewal of baptismal promises, and participation in the sacraments. God works with the person where they are and they are usually given as much insight into their own wounds and sinfulness as they can handle at the time. It is like training that tree to now grow in a new way: change too fast and the tree breaks. …”

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis

That’s plenty long enough, isn’t it? I find just reading through these lists to be chilling. Our modern society has perfected the art of pretending that demons and evil spirits do not exist, that they are simply superstition or imagination and this is not actually very helpful.

And of course if we do believe, that doesn’t give us a free pass for bad behavior, as Flip Wilson used to say “The Devil Made Me Do It!”, just doesn’t cut it. We are responsible for our behaviour, our acts and our thoughts.

Pope Francis recently referred to Pope Paul  VI, who, in 1975, covered this well in his speech on Christian Faith and Demonology: placed emphasis on the fact that,

evil is not simply a force in the background but rather truly present, a living being who is spiritual, perverse and who renders perverse. He is a horrifying reality, a mysterious force who spreads fear. Anyone who refuses to recognize his existence is distancing themselves from the framework of Biblical and Church teaching.

This really is the end of this topic. I find the whole thing chilling. Thinking about millions of people completely ignorant of actual demonic activity in the material world through the manipulation of the minds and self of human beings.

Joe

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