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Discernment and help for the possessed: part 2
Common misconceptions about possession...
“He [satan] possesses the body of any unclean soul, be it man, woman or child.” - Our Lady of the Roses, March 25, 1972
“They will use the body of a human being, one who has fallen out of grace and the light. Any man, woman, or child is susceptible to this possession.” - Our Lady of the Roses, August 21, 1975
We are indebted to Fr. Gabriele Amorth, Fr. Malachi Martin, and several other exorcists for providing invaluable information on demonic possession, and for dispelling much of the disinformation surrounding this subject. Dr. Scott Peck’s insights have also been very helpful.
Demonic possession is no accident: “From both these cases I would conclude that possession is no accident. I very much doubt that somebody can go walking down the street one day and have a demon jump out from behind a bush and penetrate him. Possession appears to be a gradual process in which the possessed person repeatedly sells out for one reason or another. The primary reason both these patients sold out seemed to be loneliness. Each was terribly lonely, and each, early in the process, adopted the demonic as a kind of imaginary companion.” (People of the Lie, Dr. Scott Peck, p. 190)
Persisting in serious sin will result in possession: “… we can become completely possessed by demons if we persist in giving in to temptation and particularly serious sin, as in the example of Judas Iscariot.” (An Exorcist: More Stories, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, p. 94)
"The more experienced exorcists are better able to recognize with certainty most forms of demonic manifestations. For example, the three signs that the Ritual cites as symptoms of satanic possession are talking in unknown languages, exhibiting superhuman strength, and knowing what it hidden; it is my significant experience, and that of all the other exorcists whom I questioned, that these signs always surfaced during an exorcism, never before. It would be unrealistic to expect the manifestation of those signs before proceeding with the exorcism.”
- An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, pp. 46-47.
It is possible for the possessed to receive Holy Communion: The Roman Ritual on exorcism states that it is possible for the possessed to receive Communion. Norm #9 from the exorcism ritual states: “Sometimes the devil will leave the possessed person in peace and even allow him to receive the Holy Eucharist, to make it appear that he has departed. In fact, the arts and frauds of the evil one for deceiving a man are innumerable. For this reason the exorcist must be on his guard not to fall into this trap.” This fact is confirmed by several exorcists we contacted.
Spectacular signs of possession (as listed in the Roman Ritual) seldom show up before the exorcism takes place: Fr. Amorth writes, “The signs listed in the Ritual are limited to the most spectacular manifestations of possession, such as the ability to speak or understand unknown languages perfectly, to know the hidden and the remote or to demonstrate a superhuman physical strength. As I have already mentioned, I was able to detect these signs only during the blessings (this is how I always refer to exorcisms), never before.” (An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, p. 69) Fr. Amorth also cautions that sometimes these manifestations will only occur after many exorcisms: “It is also the result of complete inexperience to expect, before exorcisms, certain types of signs that are usually present only during, after, or as a result of many exorcisms. I have encountered some cases that required years of exorcisms before the sickness manifested all its seriousness. It is useless to try to reduce to standard models the behavior of those under evil influence. The more experienced exorcists are better able to recognize with certainty most forms of demonic manifestations. For example, the three signs that the Ritual cites as symptoms of satanic possession are talking in unknown languages, exhibiting superhuman strength, and knowing what it hidden; it is my significant experience, and that of all the other exorcists whom I questioned, that these signs always surfaced during an exorcism, never before. It would be unrealistic to expect the manifestation of those signs before proceeding with the exorcism.” (An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, pp. 46-47)
The possessed do not always react to holy water, especially before the exorcism has taken place: “If a person is sensitive to blessed water or clothes, it may be a sign of an evil presence. I cannot make the opposite statement. In other words, if there is no reaction to these tests, it does not necessarily mean the absence of an evil presence. Demons go to any length to avoid detection.” (An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, p. 120)
Demonic possession is much more prevalent than is commonly believed: Our Lady of the Roses has warned us, “They have entered into the House of God, and they possess the body of many men to do the will of satan.” (Our Lady, August 14, 1973). Also, “The demons possess many.” (Jesus, September 13, 1974) The exorcist Bishop Andrea Gemma states, "[The] devil's action is much more common than people may think. He added that he performs at least four exorcisms a week, and that youngsters are particularly at risk." (Washington Times, "University teaches course in exorcism," October 16, 2005). Priest exorcist Fr. Jose Francisco Syquia of the Philippines says that possession seems to be a common occurrence because of occult practices, such as going to an 'albularyo' (quack doctor) or consulting people who claim to be witches. ("Women prone to demonic possession", Inquirer News Service, by Christian V. Esguerra, November 1, 2005) A priest exorcist we talked to said he was once told by a naive priest, "You know, possession is very rare." This priest exorcist (who does many exorcisms every week) replied, "No it isn't."
An exorcist does not automatically know if a person is possessed just by talking to the person: “When someone comes, or is brought by family or friends, to be exorcised, one starts with an examination to determine whether or not there are reasonable grounds for proceeding with an exorcism. Diagnosis can be made only by such an examination. Therefore, one begins by studying the symptoms that are presented by the person or his relatives, as well as their possible cause.” (An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, p. 69)
Even exorcists have made a wrong judgment, and been deceived into declaring that a person was not possessed when in fact the person was: Fr. Gabriele Amorth, one of the most famous exorcists in the world, has admitted in his book that he has been deceived into declaring a person not possessed: “I clearly remember one person who had consulted several exorcists, including myself, without any indication of an evil presence. Finally, one time the demon was forced to reveal himself, and after that the exorcisms proceeded fruitfully." (An Exorcist Tells His Story, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, pp. 92-93)
The possessed can hold a crucifix, if possession is partial: Fr. Martin mentions that one of the possessed was able to hold the crucifix, indicating that the possession was incomplete. (Hostage to the Devil, Fr. Malachi Martin, p. 225)
An innocent person can also become possessed: In certain circumstances, the demon can enter an innocent victim. Innocent victims may include children who are not loved, who are mistreated or abused or rejected by other children, siblings, parents, etc. Possession can also occur through sexual molestation and incest. When a sexual act is committed against the innocent victim, the one performing the act curses them. The innocent victim, at the time of the act, is filled with fear and terror. Through this fear and terror the demons can easily enter the victim. Unwanted, unloved children can also become possessed. They may look for “familiar” spirits. These evil spirits become their secret friends, a surrogate family, a place where they can find refuge. This type of bond is similar to forming a “pact” with satan, and subjugates the person to this tyrannical servitude (see www.stmichael.pair.com website, advised by the priest exorcist Fr. Cliff Graham).
Deeply-rooted possessions are not always the most violent: “As an aside, I would like to mention that the most deeply rooted possessions are not always the most violent, and their healing does not require the greatest length of time. Sometimes, the strongest reactions to exorcisms come from individuals whose liberation requires only a few appointments. On the other hand, I have encountered seemingly minor reactions in victims whose demonic possession was so rooted that it required several years of exorcism before a successful conclusion.” (An Exorcist: More Stories, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, pp. 123-124)
Moral certainty of possession (or lack of possession) can only be obtained through exorcism: “I have already stated that, before all else, exorcisms are diagnostic: only later the goal becomes liberation. It is only through the exorcism itself that we can reach the moral certainty of an evil presence or absence.” (An Exorcist: More Stories, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, pp. 129-130)
“Many demons can only be dispelled by much fast and penance, the greatest source being prayer.” - Jesus, December 31, 1973
“Keep pure and holy thoughts entering your mind, for it is also the focal point of entrance for the evil spirits.” - Jesus, November 24, 1973
“Demons from hell shall enter into the body of any man, woman, or child who has fallen from grace.” - Our Lady of the Roses, June 16, 1977
Our Lady of
the Roses amazing Bayside Prophecies...
These prophecies came from Jesus, Mary, and the saints to Veronica Lueken at Bayside, NY, from 1968 to 1995.
PRAYER AND FASTING
"Yes, My child, you see that I am the true Source of Life. For when you come to Me, you will nourish your soul. You will nourish your eternal being. You will learn, My child, in due time that the Bread of life will sustain you without earthly food. Man must return to fast and penance. Many demons can only be dispelled by much fast and penance, the greatest source being prayer.
"You must keep a constant vigilance of prayer in your homes and the houses of your God. You must also recognize the faces of evil about you: those who parade themselves as angels of light but are truly ravenous wolves, agents of hell. They seek the destruction of souls." - Jesus, December 31, 1973
"Remember, keep your sacramentals constantly upon you: your brown Scapular, your St. Benedict medal, the Miraculous Medal, and also the medal of Our Lady of the Roses.
"You must keep them upon you, with a crucifix. We demand a crucifix, because demons--many of the highest ones in the realms of hell cannot stand the sight of a crucifix. They will not approach your door. I give you this knowledge, My children, though it is not common knowledge upon earth, that the crucifix has great power against satan." - Jesus, June 18, 1987
CREATURES OF NIGHT
"I give you the greatest of hope in your world of darkness that the victory shall be with Heaven. Know that the greatest trials suffered are but a small forfeiture for the great glory of being victorious over the adversaries loosed upon your earth. They come as creatures of night, but they must possess the bodies of humans. Understand this in the supernatural, My children: no man, woman, or child of reasoning is free from the attacks of satan." - Jesus, September 7, 1976
THEY ARE REAL
"Unless the parents teach their children of the existence of this other world unseen to the human eye, the children cannot then be protected from the attacks of these agents from hell. My child, they are real, they are living, and they have great power. They, too, possess names as do the high angels in the Kingdom of your God in Heaven." - Our Lady, March 15, 1978
"My child, you will work with much haste. The time grows short. The enemy has entered into your government. Pray much for them. The demons possess many. They come in great multitudes, for they know the strength of prayer in your area. Should this be removed, your city, your state, and your country will go through a period of great suffering never seen before in this country." - Jesus, September 13, 1974
WILL OF SATAN
"There are many agents of hell loosed upon earth now. They have entered into the House of God, and they possess the body of many men to do the will of satan. You must not abandon the sacramentals that I have given you through the Father for your protection and your salvation." - Our Lady, August 14, 1973
ANY UNCLEAN SOUL
Be knowledgeable, My children, and understand that satan will not come to you as himself. He possesses the body of any unclean soul, be it man, woman, or child. I repeat to you now: all parents will be held responsible for the fall of their children's souls. Give them a good foundation, and when they are subjected to the storms of evil, they will not crack and crumble under the onslaught." - Our Lady, March 25, 1972
MUST BE RETURNED
"Michael must be returned to My Son's House. The demons must be cast from My Son's House. They have taken possession of many to do the will of Lucifer." - Our Lady, February 10, 1973
"I repeat Myself, as in the past, My children. The demons have a form, but they do not use this form unless the Eternal Father gives you the knowledge and insight into the supernatural to observe them in action. They will use the body of a human being, one who has fallen out of grace and the light. Any man, woman, or child is susceptible to this possession." - Our Lady, August 21, 1975
NOT BEYOND POSSESSION
"My heart is torn now at the full acceleration of the evil in your country, your cities, and your world. My Mother made it quite clear to you that mankind is not beyond possession by satan. The human body and the human souls now are being corrupted by evil man through the influence of satan, My children. You must learn to avoid the faces of evil that come to you. You must do all in your human power with the graces that will be given to you freely to cast off the inclination to evil." - Jesus, August 5, 1977
"He has an army of ogres wandering now throughout your country and all of the countries of the world. They are in possession of great power, so wear your sacramentals and protect your children and your households. Learn the use every day of holy water throughout your household. Insist, even with obstructions, insist that your children always wear a sacramental. One day they will understand that they will repel the demons." - Our Lady, September 13, 1977
KING OF DARKNESS
"My children of God, have no fear. You will keep your sacramentals about you. You will keep your children's souls guarded, for none shall be attacked who are in the state of grace.
"Be ye known now, it has been loosed on earth—satan; satan, the king of darkness, satan, the master of deceit. His time is short, but he is loose.
"He entered into the body of a man in 1975, a man who gave himself to him in the practice of occult. He entered into the body of this man, as he cannot roam without the body. He will enter in, when he has finished his mission, into another body. And you will pray a constant vigilance of prayer that he is removed from your country." - St. Michael, August 13, 1977
"Satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning, and satan has been allowed upon your earth to separate the sheep from the goats. My children, he is the master of deceit. I must tell you as your Mother, that unless you remain in the state of grace, you cannot recognize him. He is a man of a thousand faces. He has great power: he can throw his voice, My children, into animals and even into the air. Unless you give your children a firm foundation in knowledge of their Faith, they will fall to his subtleties, My children." - Our Lady, September 7, 1977
LOOSED ON EARTH
"Satan is loosed upon earth, but he knows that his time is growing short. Therefore, he will make a concerted effort to destroy those who are not in the state of grace, so that he can take them into hell. That is why, My children, you must always wear a medal, your armor about your neck. And the best armor of all is the Scapular, the Rosary, the St. Benedict medal, and also your newest armor: Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers. My child and My children, I tell you this because you cannot do without any of them. At this time, all armor is needed for the fight ahead." - Our Lady, May 17, 1986
CONSORT OF SATAN
"Any man, woman, or child of the age of reasoning who has fallen from grace shall become a consort of satan." - Jesus, November 20, 1975
Directives from Heaven... http://www.tldm.org/directives/directives.htm
D28 - Hell PDF
D44 - The Occult PDF
D149 - Satanism, Part 1 PDF
D150 - Satanism, Part 2 PDF
D151 - Possession PDF
D152 - Angel of light PDF
D153 - Astrology PDF
D245 - Demons PDF
D260 - Satan, the Deceiver of Mankind
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World famous exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth: The devil is behind Harry Potter, seducing children
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David Berkowitz (the "Son of Sam") confirms he was possessed, as Our Lady of the Roses says he was
The lure of the occult
Spiritual warfare: the occult has demonic influence
John Paul II recommended praying the St. Michael exorcism
The new rite of exorcism: the influence of the evil one, Latin Mass magazine, Summer 2002
A woman possessed?
Dr. Scott Peck vs. Satan: A well-known psychiatrist describes and analyzes two exorcisms, Christianity Today, February 2005
Priest who is expert on exorcism warns on a single visit to fortuneteller
Exorcism: the facts
The reality of satan and the victory of Jesus and Mary
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