Post by assisi on Apr 22, 2018 20:31:54 GMT
I read Fr. Amorth's book recently - An Exorcist explains the Demonic. Well worth a read for anyone interested in such things.
One fascinating insight of his: Satanists say their black masses at midnight or later because people are asleep and so less prayers are being said. Further corroboration of the efficacy of prayer! Since learning that, anytime I'm suffering a bought of insomnia, I'll say a rosary before falling back to sleep.
I recently read the book too and found it interesting. It had the potential to be made more dramatic but it was kept on an even keel.
The mention of Pope JP2 apparently caused major discomfort for demons during exorcism because, among other things, he ruined their plans (presumably Russia and Communism). And Our Lady appears to be the strongest weapon against them when she is invoked in prayer.
Interestingly Fr Amorth states that the devil cannot read our minds but he can observe what we do and say, and will know our weaknesses. The devil hates sacred images and blessed objects.
We should avoid all types of occultism such as fortune tellers, séances and spiritism and to avoid magic spells that people will use to punish an enemy or to get someone to fall in love with them. All are potential openings that can allow the devil to act upon others.
Thankfully the majority of exorcisms don’t involve demons that have full possession of a subject’s body. Most exorcisms tackle what Fr Amorth terms as diabolical vexation, obsession and infestation. These three types of diabolical action may be less serious than possession but can have significant effects on their victims.
It's worth knowing that the author believes that satanists and the demons themselves adhere to 3 principles. You can do what you wish (ignoring all God’s laws); You obey no-one; You are the god of yourself.