Sunday, September 30, 2012

WHILE SATAN IS REAL, JESUS IS TRUTH. - Be aware of the devil's works in Churches, in occults and in New Age practices


Evil Has Not Fallen Out Of Fashion!

As Occult And New Age Practices Increase, So Does The Need For Exorcists!

National Catholic Register
By: Elizabeth Deffner (edited for length)

Evil Has Not Fallen Out Of Fashion
Evil has not fallen out of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed — and promulgated — to meet a need that still exists, due to more people delving into New Age and occult practices.
And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality.
“They come in the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a ‘black mass,’” explained Father Gary Thomas, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, Calif., and the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose.
He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger — and trained his extraordinary ministers of holy Communion so that they note whether people receiving Communion are actually consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhere for obscene purposes.
Father Thomas, a priest for 28 years, has even addressed people who appear not to be consuming the Eucharist.
“If I don’t know them, I’ll say, ‘Excuse me, will you please finish consuming the body of Christ in my presence?’” he said.

Is The Rite Of Exorcism Still Needed
Is exorcism simply a hot topic — or has the need for the rite grown?
It’s certainly a popular subject. The Rite was one of a handful of movies about exorcism released in the last two years, and a short-lived television series on the subject also launched. But that’s far from the point, says Father Thomas.
“There is a greater need for exorcism because there is a greater frequency of the practices of the occult, New Age and Satanism, both on the part of Catholics and other people alike,” he said. Conference speakers explained that  people begin experimenting with other traditions and rituals, often simply out of curiosity. They don’t realize that they are, at the same time, losing their spiritual center and turning away from God.
That being said, exorcists are quick to state that most of the people who come to see them are not possessed.

The number Of People Seeking Exorcism Is On The Rise
Father Jeffrey Grob, exorcist for the Archdiocese of Chicago, declines to give numbers of people who come to see him — or people he has exorcized — but says simply, “I see far more people than I need to see.”
Like Father Thomas — who says the vast majority of people who come to see him are dealing with mental-health issues, not issues of possession — Father Grob says that most people who hope to call upon his exorcism expertise are actually dealing with psychological issues, or even with a faith life that has gotten off track.
“Spiritually speaking, they don’t need an exorcist. They need their parish priest; they need a spiritual director,” he said. “They need someone who will get them back in the practice of their faith — bring them back to reality.”
After all, he points out, even if a person is not actually possessed, a focus on darkness and evil can draw him into horrifying actions, even including satanic worship and ritualistic murder.
One example comes quickly to Father Grob’s mind: the 1980 murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, a high-profile crime in Toledo, Ohio. The nun had been strangled and stabbed multiple times in the chapel of a hospital, which she was preparing for the Easter vigil Mass. When the case was reopened in 2003, the hospital chaplain — Father Gerald Robinson — was charged with her murder, and evidence of a cult of ritualistic satanic abuse was uncovered. Father Grob was called as an expert witness to answer questions about cult activity and satanic worship.
“It’s proof positive how far afoul things can go,” he says. “It’s so unbelievable — people don’t want to think about it.

“But things like this happen.”
Those attending the “Christ Triumphant” tracks of the recent convention were not hoping for sensational “Amityville Horror”-style stories. On the contrary, many said they have already experienced the presence of evil and have no need of corroborating stories from others. They simply want to learn how they can help in this important work.
“I want the tools to be able to pray for people I feel are being afflicted,” said Jean Cordero, a parishioner at American Martyrs Church in Manhattan Beach, Calif., who listened raptly to Father Thomas’ opening-day presentation.
Similarly, Father Art Najera — currently working in the Diocese of Sacramento, Calif. — attended the convention to gain knowledge he expects to find useful as he ministers in his parish. People sometimes call to request their houses be blessed because they are experiencing strange phenomena there, he explained.
“The reality is the devil is more active now,” he said simply.
Despite the need for exorcism and recent media attention to the rite and the priests who administer it, the number of exorcists is small. There are more than 180 dioceses in the United States, for instance, but only about 60 known exorcists, says Father Thomas.
But one need only read the Bible to see that Jesus himself was an exorcist, casting out demons from those possessed by them.
“It is the Church’s responsibility to provide the rite of exorcism when it is needed,” said Father Grob. “Our work is to return an afflicted soul back to the body of Christ.”

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Love for liturgy is hate for Satan

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us all love the liturgy to the best of our ability.


The liturgy raises hearts to God like no other prayer, Pope says.
By David Kerr

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer which raises the human heart to God like no other form of worship. 
“It is in the liturgy that we ‘lift up our hearts,’ opening ourselves to the word of God as we gather with our brethren in a prayer which rises within us, and which is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit,” the Pope said at his Sept. 26 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.
“As the Second Vatican Council teaches, it is by means of the liturgy that Christ our Redeemer and High Priest continues the work of our redemption in, with, and through his Church. This is the great marvel of the liturgy: God acts, while we are caught up in his action,” the Pope said.
He offered his reflections as part of an ongoing weekly exploration of the role of prayer in the story of salvation.
Pope Benedict explained to the estimated 10,000 pilgrims present that the “liturgy” comes from the Greek meaning “work done by the people and for the people.”
The people in question are the “new People of God, brought into being by Christ” through his passion, death and resurrection. This means it is a people “which does not exist by itself and which is not bound by blood, territory or country, but is brought into being through the Paschal Mystery,” the Pope noted.
It was almost a “chance occurrence,” he said, that the first document approved by the Second Vatican Council was the constitution on the sacred liturgy, “Sacrosanctum Concilium.”
“Among the many projects, the text on the sacred liturgy seemed to be the least controversial, and, for this reason, is seen as an exercise in the methodology of conciliar work,” he recalled. As a young priest and academic, Pope Benedict attended the Second Vatican Council as the chief theological advisor or “peritus” to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne.
“But without a doubt,” the Pope stated, “what at first glance seemed a chance occurrence, proved to be the right choice, starting from the hierarchy of themes and most important tasks of the Church.”
“Where God’s gaze is not decisive,” he said, “everything else loses its direction.” The basic criterion for the liturgy, therefore, “is its orientation to God, so that we can share in his work.”
The requirement for a good liturgical celebration, he suggested, is both “prayer and conversation with God, first listening and then answering.”
In that sense, the liturgy is the opposite of how we normally communicate, where internal thoughts usually precede the formulation of external speech.
But in the liturgy “it is the inverse, the words come first,” Pope Benedict said. “God gave us the Word and the Sacred Liturgy gives us the words, and we must enter into their meaning, welcome them within us, be in harmony with them. Thus we become children of God, similar to God.”
He explained that this means there should be a “correlation between what we say with our lips and what we carry in our hearts.” It is this relationship which is “essential, fundamental, to our dialogue with God in the liturgy.”
When we experience the liturgy with this attitude, the Pope said, “it is as if our heart is freed from the force of gravity, which drags it down, and from within rises upwards, towards truth and love, towards God.”
“Dear friends,” the Pope said as he drew to a close, “we celebrate and live the liturgy well only if we remain in an attitude of prayer, united to the Mystery of Christ and his dialogue as the Son with the Father.”

Increasing Incidences of Violence Especially Among Church Servants, a Devil's Mark

People must realized that we are all being attacked by the devil everyday, in every way. Children of God must always be on-guard to identify Satan's fingerprints that aim to inflict fear among people to regard him as someone very powerful and avoid confronting him with prayers.

St.Benedict, pray for us.
All Carmelite Saints, pray for us.
All Holy Angels and Saints, Virgins and Martyrs, pray for us.
Our Lady of Mt.Carmel, intercede for us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Deliver us from all evil. Amen.

'Very strong' man tasered during attack on deacon
By Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor Star August 24, 2012

St. Alphonsus Church deacon Gerard Charette was attacked Wednesday while giving mass.
Photograph by: Dax Melmer, The Windsor Star , The Windsor Star
Tactical officers had to taser a man with seemingly superhuman strength who yelled and chanted as he allegedly assaulted a deacon during a Catholic Church service.
"They had to restrain him, unfortunately, because he was very, very strong," deacon Gerard Charette of St. Alphonsus church, said Thursday.
"He was very uncontrollable, so he could have really hurt someone.
"So they made sure that didn't happen. I think things worked out OK. He's getting treatment, I think."
Windsor police said charges are pending against the 46-year-old Windsor man.
It's unknown if he was under the influence of drugs or other substances.
A priest had given the man communion near the end of noon mass at the downtown church.
"Then he became quite vocal, yelling and weeping, fell to the ground, rigid," said Charette. "We tried to escort him to the back. Again he fell down. He kind of tore my vestment a little bit."
Police were called at 12: 47 p.m. Wednesday to St. Alphonsus church at 85 Park St. E. The report was for a man causing a disruption.
Two officers arrived minutes later to see parishioners pouring out of the church. The adults looked distraught. Children were crying. Someone told police to "get inside quick."
The officers ran in and found a man at the front of the church near the altar. With his back to police, he was sweating profusely and chanting loudly in an "intimidating voice," police said.
He had his arms wrapped around the deacon.
"He had me in a lock, but I don't know that he had any intention to harm me," said Charette. "He was in his own world.
"He was yelling and weeping. In the heat of the moment, I didn't catch exactly what he was saying."
He wouldn't let go. "It's very concerning because the behaviour that was described was aggressive, disruptive and confrontational," said Sgt. Matthew D'Asti. "Police indicated when they arrived there was a sense of concern or urgency on the face of the deacon."
D'Asti said the deacon signalled to police that he needed help. Police ordered the man to let go. He ignored them. One of the officers grabbed the man.
"The guy released his grasp on the deacon, then the fight was on," said D'Asti.
There was a fierce struggle. Several other officers were called in.
"It took several officers to control the individual," said D'Asti. "He was fighting back with what one officer described as enormous strength. He was sweating profusely. He was chanting some type of chant that wasn't very coherent."
Not even the arrival of the Emergency Services Unit was enough to make the man give in.
"When the tac team members arrived, they warned him, and he ignored their commands as well," said D'Asti. "They felt it necessary to deploy the Taser, which was effective immediately."
Police put him in handcuffs but that wasn't the end of the fight.
"As soon as he started to recover, again he began struggling while in handcuffs and was trying to actively escape, and was chanting more chants," said D'Asti.
Police eventually got him under control and escorted him to the hospital for assessment.
"We're grateful no one in the congregation was harmed," said Charette. "I don't think they were in serious jeopardy, although you can't tell that in the heat of the moment."
Charette said he talked to the man's regular pastor from another church on Thursday to see what else they can do for him.
"I knew things would work out all right," said Charette. "We have a good congregation, great pastor and I just had confidence that the Lord would make everything work out OK."
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