How To Protect Yourself and Your Home
The Catholic Church is the only one that correctly addresses the devil and demonic possession, but not all priests believe that the devil exsists and posesses people. Other religions do perform exorcisms of a sort, but if they do not invoke the name of Jesus Christ, it is not likely to work for long. In this day and age, I can say that I have talked to enough people with first-hand accounts to say that I believe the devil can infest a location or possess a person. Not every person that is having trouble is possessed, nor does every person that is being influenced by demons need a full-blown exorcism. There is an exorcist in Indianapolis, and priests throughout the state that can help, if you truly want to be helped.
Demon is another name for fallen angels who joined the kingdom of Satan in rebellion against God. The fall occurred before God’s creation of the world. In retaliatory hatred for God, Satan and his angels tirelessly seek to contaminate the human race with wickedness.
There are different levels of demonic influence including temptation, oppression, obsession, possession and infestation.
Demon oppression: mild to severe harassment by evil spirit(s) resulting from the opening of some door(s) to Satan's influence.
Demon obsession: Obsession, from Latin obsidere (to besiege), is a form of insanity caused, according to traditional belief, by the persistent attack of an invading spirit from outside the individual. Obsession is the opposite of possession.
Demon possession: the condition in which one or more evil spirits inhabit the body of a human being, taking complete control of it at will and expressing his (or their) personality through that body. The demon's goal is to get the possessed person to kill himself and/or others before he or they act on the opportunity to be saved and become Christ's "captives. From Dealing with Demons by Dr. Will Hansen.
According to the Catholic Church, the best protection against the devil and demons is:
- The sacraments (confession and the eucharist) Nothing destroys demonic influence more powerfully than the worthy reception of the Body of Christ.
- Good works
- Living a spiritual life
People performing any work or facing a specific danger relating to the demonic field, can use the invocation of St. Michael the Archangel, which is highly effective. You can also ask your guardian angel or ask God directly for protection.
The main causes of possession are:
- Making a pact with the devil (or demons)
- Taking part in spiritualist sessions, or with satanic cults, or esoteric rites (Quija Boards and Séances)
- A parent's offering of their child to Satan
- Being the victim of witchcraft (ie. a spell)
Possession is not contagious, being in the presence of a possessed person does not mean you will become possessed.
Demonic Infestation is the phenomenon in which a demon possesses a place, such as a house or building, or an object. A demon, by possessing a place, can move things at will and cause various noises and smells. Infestation never causes the possession of any of the people who live there. An infestation may occur in a particular place due to some esoteric or satanic rites being performed with frequency. Such infestation may result from a hex, spell, or curse, or from voodoo or witchcraft. To end the infestation of a place, the rite of exorcism lists several specific prayers that need to be prayed. Without the complete cooperation of the family the priests prayers will not work.
The priest will encourage the family to:
Pray together everyday
Pray the Rosary
Read the Bible together
Sprinkle holy water in the various rooms
Come together before a holy image and beg protection
The persistant prayer of a family, over the course of several weeks or months, can completely destroy the demonic infestation in their house.
You can buy religious items for protection and then have them blessed by a priest. Small crucifixes can be placed over doorways and windows. You can also get Holy Water from most Catholic Churches, just bring your own container. We have been advised to spray holy water in the corners of each window and doorway. Of course, you can ask a priest to bless your house as well.
A St. Benedict Crucifix is a very powerful sacramental with exorcizing properties; the exorcism is written on the medal embeded behind the head of Christ. The Medal of St. Benedict is used for all spiritual and temporal needs on condition that it is used with a faithful spirit. This medal is efficacious against epidemics, certain special illnesses and against the spells and temptations of the devil.
The St. Benedict Jubillee Medal may be worn about the neck, attached to the scapular or the rosary, or otherwise carried devoutly about one's person. The Medal is frequently put into the foundation of houses or in walls, hung over doors, or fastened on stables and barns to call down God's protection and blessing. It is also buried in fields, as the saintly Father Paul of Moll advised his friends to do.
Missionaries in pagan lands use this Medal with so great effect that it has been given the remarkable name, "The devil-chasing Medal."
One of the great mysteries of our time is that the great majority of Catholics either ignore or have forgotten the Blessed Virgin Mary's promise that "whoever dies clothed in this (Scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire." To obtain the fullest possible benefits from the Brown Scapular devotion, one must be validly invested (sometimes called enrolled) in the Brown Scapular by a priest. We should even give the Scapular to non-Catholics as Our Lady will bring conversions to those who will wear it and say one Hail Mary each day. "The Scapular must be worn on the shoulders in such a manner that one part hangs in front of the body and the other in back. Worn in any other way it carries no indulgence or promise."
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You cannot ever buy, trade for, or barter for a blessed item and still retain the blessing, according to the norms of the Codex Jurex Canonici 1984 (The Code of Canon Law of 1984). **Any religious article purchased never comes with a blessing. You must get it blessed after the purchase has been completed.** An item blessed by the Pope is no more powerful than an item blessed by a preist.
What to do if you find yourself in a situation that may involve a demon.
You don't have to run from the house immediately, but you may want to ask for protection from St. Michael the Archangel. Demons may make people feel ill, or can possibly cause someone to trip or have some kind of accident. In severe cases of opression it is possible for the demon to scratch, bruise or cause other physical injury to the effected person. By leaving the house in a hurry you may unnecessarily alarm the people living in the house who are looking for validation and comfort. After all, you are supposedly there to help them, and when you go home they are left alone in a very scary situation.
**You shouldn't taunt or ask questions of demons because they lie and you can't trust whatever answers you receive. Also, by trying to communicate with the demons or spirits you are "inviting them into your life," which is one reason people should not use Ouija boards, or conduct séances. It is also one of the reasons collecting EVPs can be dangerous.**
Demons can cause activity similar to poltergeists, but there are certain differences, and people who have dealt with this kind of thing before know what to look for. Anyone encountering questionable activity should consult with a priest, and you may have to talk to a few before you are directed to the correct person. You may also find that not all priests will believe you, and with the current popularity of paranormal shows on TV, many groups are trying to schedule exorcisms without knowing if they are truly dealing with a demon. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell for certain that a place is infested with demons, and it may take repeated blessings for the activity to stop completely. If the family does not cooperate and continues to practice the activity that caused the problem in the first place, there is nothing you can do to help.
The following is a list of Books on exorcism and the Catholic faith that we recommend, to educate you on an often neglected topic.
|INTERVIEW WITH AN EXORCIST by Jose Antonio Fortea (2006) This is a very easy to read book in a Q&A format that will answer most of your questions about evil, the devil and possession.
Trained by Vatican exorcist Gabriele Amorth, Father Jose Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, calligrapher and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for some twenty years.
|AN EXORCIST TELLS HIS STORY by Gabriele Amorth (1999) In this powerful book, the renowned exorcist of Rome tells of his many experiences in his ministry as an exorcist doing battle with Satan to relieve the great suffering of people in the grip of evil. He also reveals how little modern science, psychology, and medicine can do to help those under Satan's influence, and that only the power of Christ can release them from this kind of mental, spiritual or physical suffering.
|AN EXORCIST: MORE STORIES by Gabriele Amorth (2002) Following up his international best-selling book Fr. Gabriele Amorth expands on some of the key topics of his previous book, covering important details about demonic or occult issues. Since satanic sects, occultism, séances, fortune-tellers and astrologers are so widespread today, Father Amorth asks the question why is it so difficult today to find an exorcist, or a priest who is an expert in this field? The example and the teaching of Christ is very clear, as is the tradition of the Church. But today’s Catholics are often misinformed.
|HOSTAGE TO THE DEVIL by Malachi Martin (1992)
If you read this book with an open mind and heart, regardless of whether you are Christian or, more narrowly, Catholic, you will at least discover why so many parishioners wholeheartedly believe that we are literally in a fight for our lives or, more accurately, our souls.
|THEY SHALL EXPEL DEMONS by Derek Prince (1998) This practical guide to deliverance from demons discusses seven commonly asked questions (including "Do Christians ever need deliverance?") and how to receive and minister deliverance.
|AFTER LIFE by Michael H. Brown (1997) What happens when we die? How are we judged? What's it like in Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory? Revelations, near-death accounts, and a reawakening to what life means!
|THE AMAZING SECRETS OF THE SOULS IN PURGATORY by Sister Emmanuel of Medjugorje (1997) An interview with Maria Simma, an alleged mystic who has the charism of being able to see and talk to the souls in Purgatory. Answers questions like: Who decides if a soul goes to Purgatory? How do we get a soul released from Purgatory? How can we avoid Purgatory? What are the sins that most lead to purgatory?