Satan is Real — Read these Amazing StoriesFATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER
Latoya Ammons is a woman from Indiana who had to have an exorcism for herself and her children.
One of the striking things about this story is that those concerned did not call a Protestant pastor to conduct the exorcism. I was once called to a house in my parish that was haunted and when I asked the people why they didn't call their own pastor of the local megachurch they just laughed and said their pastor couldn't handle stuff like that and they knew they needed to call a Catholic priest.
Father Andrew Trapp — a young priest in my own diocese of Charleston records here his interview with a former Satanist in France.
Read Fr. Andrew's whole account of his encounter with the Satanist here.
The same truths are revealed in both stories. First of all, that the Satan and demons are real. Secondly, it is the Catholic priest and the Catholic Eucharist which they despise, blaspheme, mock and fear.
What can we draw from these shocking and dramatic stories? Firstly the remembrance not only that Satan and his minions are real, but also a reminder that most often they hide. Satan is a liar and usually comes disguised as an angel of light. He tempts us not first with horror, blasphemy and violence but with the a twisted form of the beautiful, good and true.
I am convinced that it is no coincidence that Pope Francis talks frequently about the reality of Satan. I am impressed that one of the few times the two popes came together was to dedicate a new statue of St Michael the Archangel — the prince who aids us in battle against Satan. This is because we are entering dark times. The spirit of atheism has moved from the East to the West. Storm clouds are on the horizon for Christ and his church. Satan is strong and he does not sleep.
If you are reading this post — be reminded that Satan's favorite trick — his favorite lie is to tell you that he does not exist. This lie comes in several forms. The most blatant is to tell you that he and God both do not exist. The second form is to let you believe in God, but to tell you that he doesn't exist; that such a belief is medieval or superstitious. That is his lie. Do not believe it. The third form of the lie is that he is not a real personal entity, that "the Devil" is simply another name for evil or "the shadow" or "the dark side of the force."
No. These are lies. The truth is that Satan is real. If you are a Christian he hates you. He wants to destroy you. He wants to devour you.
Finally remember the words from Sacred Scripture: "Brothers be alert and awake for your adversary the devil is like a roaring lion stalking about seeking whom he may devour."
Father Dwight Longenecker. "Satan is Real — Read these Amazing Stories." Patheos (Standing on My Head) (January 29, 2014).
Reprinted with permission from Father Dwight Longenecker. Standing on my head is the blog of Father Longenecker on Patheos.
Father Dwight Longenecker is the chaplain of St. Joseph's Catholic School, Greenville, South Carolina. He also serves on the staff of St. Mary's, Greenville. Father Longenecker studied for the Anglican ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and served for ten years in the Anglican ministry as a curate, a chaplain at Cambridge and a country parson. In 1995 he and his family were received into full communion with the Catholic Church. He is the author of books on apologetics, conversion stories and Benedictine spirituality including: The Romance of Religion — Fighting for Goodness, Truth and Beauty, Catholicism Pure and Simple, St. Benedict and St. Therese: The Little Rule & the Little Way, Adventures in Orthodoxy, Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing, Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Fathers, More Christianity, Challenging Catholics: A Catholic Evangelical Dialogue, St. Benedict and St. Therese: The Little Rule & the Little Way, Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate, and The Path to Rome. Visit his website here and his blog here where you can listen to his podcasts of his lectures and homilies and read regular updates.
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