I have recently read an article about issues within the catholic church in Ireland regarding demonic possessions and its blame are the scandals in the church and society and what can be the cause of demonic possession/attacks or simply why people are leaving the church and turning their backs on God.
As this is the time of Lent we should reflect on ourselves, our faith but also the church and its future and issues within.
What i have noticed is that all of these articles blame the churches leaders faults or the lack of attendance as the cause of all grief but not the core issue within. We hear that people do not go to confession (private confession) anymore or do not go to mass for some reason. We blame the continuing scandal of the fallen priests instead of cleaning up the mess and preventing abuse from happening any further.
We seem to blame everything and everyone else including God for the misery on earth we humans created. We put so much trust in a human that is not without sin and faults instead of the word of God. Yet we can blame God because we find an easy way of satisfying our problems or accusations.
We hear these elite exorcists from Rome and the Vatican speaking about their experiences and it seems it is all repeating but no one wants to hear where the truth lies beneath. I have also seen that the rite of exorcism has been changed in the 1970 ties because exorcists have gone too weak and the church is only preaching of the flower and not of the thorns and in a soft manner that will turn into hard soil if not attended to with the proper nourishment.
As a minor Exorcist myself i have dealt with different harmless situations but also some scary events and analyse the situation with care and caution. I do not want to frighten anyone reading this but want to express my feelings when it comes down to the roots of all problems that are not just a way of shining a bad light on a cause that can be handled from issues rooted more within.
There are three Churches with Apostolic Lineage Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and the Anglican Church. All Churches that follow Christ and the Holy Trinity are all Christian once they follow the Bible and the Teachings of Christ and the Christian true morals.
Today there are so many Church bodies and various identities and by right they all contribute to this one "universal" Christian Church that all have their history, challenges and theological, dogmatic believes and structure.
There are also many problems today that can be explained due to error in the past. Of course there has always been man made law after the apostolic time and yes those decisions are today can be misleading or severely problematic in ones health and meaning or not compatible with the historical truths.
The Vatican II Council has destroyed so many different Church bodies and their identities which they all had. This council full of error and false intentions tried to form one identical Church with practices and morals that sadly was and is controlled by the Anti Christian agenda is to destroy Christian values and traditions that are based on ancient teachings from the Ministry of Jesus and his Apostles.
Remember that no Church is following the exact rites, traditions or have the morals the ancient Christians followed and no Church today is still the exact same as it was when the universal churches were founded and built. The Bible teaches us about the 7 Churches of Revelation where Christian Communities had formed and spread on but today in modern times has more of a biblical reference then stating that a true Church is only one preference or so called denomination.
We are too arrogant to see the truth that no church today is as pure or carry the exact lineage to the true church founded by Christ as Jesus was divine and without sin while humans are not without sin and carry and fall into error with ease.
The "new" (novus ordo) Mass so many adopted to was invented by men that believed in casual approach to the community, undisciplined behavior and lack of faith or fell into the temptation by Satan.
This article i read does not only speak for the roman church but also the Anglican and many others that has lost its morals and values and followed the modern Rome and its Vatican ii theories.
As a minor exorcist there are more issues then scandal in the church people like to blame or the line to confession and the lack of people going to church but leaving the church. It is more then this adulterous progressive society and the fall of reality and common sense it is how we live, act, react and behave and how we live and profess ourselves as Christians.
There are millions of Churches why? Because people do not want to follow God but please themselves and invent new laws, morals and make up new Churches that are not in any way following the true Christ in the Bible but their own interpreted version.
I have seen more judging in Churches and within Christians regarding Church belonging and how much uneducated or un/mis informed people are regarding scripture, church history and truth and Satan wants Christians to be confused already in a confused world and fight each other while he is bringing in his own satanic cults and religions such as those who follow fleshly prophets from the east Jesus warned us about.
All depends on what we are exposed to. Possession is not due to lack of interests in the Church as the building is just a cone but the people within move where people lead them and that has always been the case. If we have good leaders who live in dignity and are roll models people will follow but if people join the ministry for convenience and career purposes there is a lack or no vocation involved and will harm those who trust their spiritual guiders and will seek comfort or answers to their questions else where and fall into those who will take advantage of the situation and mislead them into believing things that are untrue.
If we expose ourselves excessively to a non Christian world or environment yes we will get drawn into ungodliness. I am not saying lock yourself away and keep yourself safe from all despair but go out and be mindful of your soul. If you know a behavior, act or life stile is not ok and the Scripture remind you that if you fallow that path you will continue is not with God but with the evil one. Life is like an old fashioned scale where weights are put on and off to get a balance. If we are imbalanced the other part of the weight will go to compensate with other things in the form of worldly pleasures and excess in the deadly sin where worst of them is called the conscience sinning. If we sin with all meaning and conscience then that can cause possession.
I have been in a possessed house and have been taken ill after the rite of exorcism. I have seen demons appear in the wall and have had various encounters having to keep them away from me. Yes even Exorcists get tempted and sometimes more then others because we fight off evil directly. It may seem strange to the un believer or a person who has not had any experience. I am not saying it is a gift being able to be more aware of things it can also a curse. All these horror films are fake and made from Hollywood. I do not even go through the time to analyse them as they are film and made to make money that can be root to all evil.
Dear Brothers and Sisters we are in Lent and even Jesus had to face the tempter during his 40 days and 40 night retreat and fast. We do as Christians need to understand that our Christian Believes warn us against the tempter and his fallen and it is just as realistic as we see, hear and feel things but most do not speak or preach of it. No we should not only concentrate ourselves on the bad and evil but learn about all that God is telling us by listening and being patient in life and also be disciplined and make it an own ritual to spent time with God.
He who keeps close to God, God will not leave. He who leaves God in own will is not alone but unaware of the things that are happening as God is fighting battles to keep every soul close to him- by Rt Rev Elena Aloysius Pius OSC
We are aware of the factors that cause the despair in our Churches and Christian Life and they are alarming. While Churches chose causality over discipline people get confused what to follow and will lose the meaning in wanting to go to Church. The young are looking for truth while those who have changed for the negative are sitting on golden pedestals looking at their braking monuments that is not to last.
We have built grand cathedrals and humanity has always built to last even the old Egyptians built their pyramids to remind the future generations of their achievement but eventually even the pyramids will crumble if not being nourished in the sense we have to look after our monuments. The grand Cathedrals that people built to thank God and express beauty on earth will fall if not being looked after the same goes for our souls and Christian Church that are the people. We will lose the cathedrals but faith is most important as that will let us rebuild and cleanse the un righteousness out of our midst. We need to build on faith alone and keep the Church pure in order to be monuments of faith in virtues and peace which the world can not give us as it is alone us to change and transform.
It is time Christianity is brought back to its original roots and morals valued again. We need to study the scripture, follow the teachings and commandments as they were given to us. Weed out all false scripture and bring God back into our midst by bringing in the traditions before being destroyed by a council that changed to crumble the church as a universal church and stop encouraging splits and breaks but attack the problems within the church.
We need to stop founding new age churches because we want to do what we please without Gods consent and give us a reason to live out sinful lives to make it acceptable and mislead the vulnerable, confused and lost souls. We need to stop pretending that we are something we will never be and put God first and not us.
We need to value the true vocation to the ministry not the reason for demonstration or rebellion against the Church and its morals. We need to bring back Love in the sense of valuing Life and purity and true friendship not within tolerance of sin but of transformation and personal conversion for the better of the soul and salvation and we have to remember that we are not immortal but need to be Christians to gain salvation after the last judgement.
It is not easy to be Christians in a world that we live in but it is up to us to defend God and to look after the mother Church and pray for the conversion of the sinners and lost. God created us as human and we become Children of God by Baptism and we are connected even if we are corrupted but can reach out to God to bring us back in godly virtues.
The Bible is the encyclopedia for our faith and God is head of the Church. We have to be disciplined and try to grow in faith and seek others to be a community in Christ. Without encouragement from other Brothers and Sisters we can be lost. We are all on a journey and need God desperately even if we are unaware of him. A blessed Lent to all.
Your In Christ
Rt Reverend Elena Aloysius Pius OSC