Grace to you!
I visited one of the prisons on the West Coast of the USA. There, I met a psychologist who was a frequent consultant for the psychological evaluation of the inmates. We met in the reception room. Seeing that I was a priest, he started a conversation with me. Curious, I asked him the nature of his work in the prisons. He explained that he evaluates the inmates to ascertain their psychological wellbeing and offer some clinical help.
"Honestly," he said, "many of the cases in the prisons are demonic, not psychological."
I was surprised to hear the clinical psychologist say these words.
Playing the devil’s advocate, I wanted to know if it was unprofessional for a psychologist to believe in demons. His reply was more revealing. He said that as a professional clinical psychologist, renowned in the State, he has seen many cases and knows that many of them are demonic. He claimed that though he isn’t allowed by his profession to report about demons, it doesn’t take away the reality that they exist.
This clinical psychologist's opinion hits at the core of some of our society's problems today. In my fourteen years as a priest, I have dealt with more cases of demonic oppression, obsession or possession than I would love to see. These are not fairy tales. The devil exists and does harm to people who welcome its deceits.
However, I have a message of hope for you. I draw it from the encounter between Jesus and a man possessed by legions of demons called in the Bible, the Gerasene Demoniac. His case was a full possession by an evil spirit, which tormented him, forcing him to live in the tomb. The Gospel of Mark chapter 5:1-20 records the whole story. I would suggest you review it at your leisure. It can help to enrich your faith and confidence in God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who saves.
The Lord drove out the demons only by a command, for Jesus has both power and authority to do so. Immediately, the demons left the man, and he became sane.
Every day, the Lord Jesus, through his Church and his ministers, saves someone. Do not allow the detracting spirit to isolate you to the margin, where you are alone and lonely. The demons kept the man on the fringe, making him to prefer staying at the graveyard. He suffered, isolated and lonely. It is one of the devil's tactics, to box you in or keep you on the fringe without help. Reach out to the community of faith. Worship in freedom with believers. Grace and healing are waiting for you.
But if you suppose you, or your loved one, are possessed by evil spirits and need more help, reach out to your pastor. In the Church, we have exorcists, who can by the power of Jesus, drive those demons out. Consult with your local parish or the church closest to where you live for help. You may call your diocesan chancery too. They have resources they can recommend for your healing.
I pray for freedom for those tormented by evil spirits. Amen.
God love you. God bless you
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Monday Week 4 of Ordinary Time: 2 Sam 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13: Mk 5:1-20]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.