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Friday, October 05, 2012

Spirttual Ninjas - A Plea to Enter the Battle Against Satan

This a.m. I prayed the Church's Simple Exorcism for the abolition of abortion, for the end of sexual sins, particularly those that offend the consciences of children, as well as for conversions of those who ignore or battle against Our Lord, Jesus Christ. This Simple Exorcism may be prayed by the laity omitting the portion between the blue asterisks (*) to "'curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm.' As St. Peter [has] written in Holy Scripture, 'your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.' (1 St.Peter 5,8)" (Before praying the Simple Exorcism, obtain some holy water to bless yourself & to sprinkle after saying the prayer.)

"The Holy Father exhorts priests to say this prayer as often as possible, as a simple exorcism to curb the power of the devil and prevent him from doing harm. The FAITHFUL ALSO MAY SAY IT in their own name, for the same purpose, as any approved prayer. Its use is recommended whenever action of the devil is suspected, causing malice in men, violent temptations and even storms and various calamities." (emphasis added)

This is not a Solemn Exorcism which must be prayed in Latin by an exorcist & requires a bishops approval. But recently, a friend brought the following to my attention: "'When I am asked how many demons there are, I answer with the words that the demon himself spoke through a demonic: ‘We are so many that, if we were visible, we would darken the sun.'" (An Exorcist Tells His Story by Father Gabrielle Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican). (emphasis added)

We're under attack but we must not think we are helpless or that all is hopeless. Jesus Christ won the victory over Satan & over death by dying on the Cross. The question now is how many of us will accept that victory & how many reject it. Those who accept Christ's victory can & MUST FIGHT BACK on their own behalf but also on behalf of others dazzled & trapped in sin & especially on behalf of children & babies. Children are being brought up to believe sin is virtue & the world reinforces what they have learned; babies are being ripped apart in the womb.

If we are faithful Christians, we must engage in the battle. We cannot just stand aside & think it doesn't affect us. Prayer is our #1 weapon; we cannot fight alone; we can only fight nestled in the arms of Christ & the powers of Heaven. Scripture, the saints & every faithful Christian that believes the Bible is actually God's Word, whether Catholic or Protestant, knows that war is God's punishment for sin. About 620,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War - the cost of slavery. What would punishment for abortion & the offenses against the consciences of children result in? Do we really need to know? Perhaps if we, who have done little to actually stop abortion & sins against children, truly repent & enter the battle against "spirits in the high places" using the gifts of fasting & prayer that God has given us, He will forgive & withhold His hand against us. And even if He doesn't, this is a fight we must enter at some point - either now or later. Let's become spiritual ninjas, calmly & quietly Fasting & Praying.

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