Exorcism – 2
A priest need not be an official exorcist to conduct the ritual. Redemptorist Fr. Lucey helped a former Catholic who was possessed. This is a long story, but due to my plea, Fr. Luceyobliged and expelled the demon. If you have seen “The Exorcist” you will know what this means. Fr. Lucey did a wonderful job and the woman who had suffered horribly for months peacefully passed away.
One of the falsehoods Satan perpetrates is that he does not exist, but he does as St. Pope John Paul said in last Saturdays' quote.
One of the prayers I had been encouraging people to pray is that of St. Michael against the onslaught of Satan and demons. Last week I was asked about the background of this prayer and why it was lost. You can get this story from the internet.
On October13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St. Michael.
When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices - two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:
The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: "I can destroy your Church."The gentle voice of Our Lord replied: "You can? Then go ahead and do so."
Satan: "To do so, I need more time and more power."Our Lord: "How much time? How much power?
Satan: "75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service."Our Lord: "You have the time and the power. Do with them what you will."
In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed thatprayer to St. Michael be said throughout the universal Church after the Low Mass, along with the Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen).
The prayer composed by the Pope said: St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us on the day of battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray! And thou Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits that prowl around the world seeking the ruin of souls.
The practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970 when the new rite of the Mass was introduced without this prayer to St. Michael. Need we wonder why demons had been gaining grounds?
However, at the end of his Angelus message given in St. Peter's Square, Sunday, April 24, 1994, Pope John Paul II urged Catholics to recite this prayer to Saint Michael once again. He said, "The prayer can fortify us for that spiritual battle about which the Letter to the Ephesians speaks [of]: "Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power."(Ephesians 6:10). And to this same battle that the Book of the Apocalypse refers [to], recalling in front of our eyes the image of St. Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelations 12:7). Surely, this scene was very present to Pope Leon XIII, when, at the end of the previous century, he introduced to the entire Church a special prayer to St. Michael: ‘St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle…'
"Even if today this prayer is no longer recited at the end of the Eucharistic celebration, I invite all to not forget it, but to recite it in order to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and the spirit of this world."
Some priests recite it before or after the Mass; other don't although it takes less than 20 seconds to pray it.
The Pope's exhortation is not only for priest but for all. With the help of four Papal awardees we distributed the image and prayer to St. Michael to PNP officers and plan to distribute more. They need help fight the evil in the land.*
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