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of casting away foul spirits -- and how they haunt us to begin with -- this book
will provide those insights and examples.
CHIEF EXORCIST OF MANILA OFFERS ADVICE AND
PRAYER ON ALLEGED 'HAUNTED' PLACES
are there so-called 'haunted houses'?" asks Father Jose Francisco C.
Syquia of the Philippines. "Are they real? What is really involved when a house is said to be
Let us add our own question: How do "ghosts" jive with Catholic
"In scientific parlance," says Father Syquia, who directs
the Office of Exorcism for
the Archdiocese of Manila, "a house is said to be haunted when there are paranormal
disturbances occurring within the vicinity -- invisible entities or beings
manifesting themselves or making their presence known. Based on Church
authorities and teachings, a 'haunted house' can truly exist."
It is a controversial realm yet one
that needs to be explored at a time when the paranormal -- when spiritual
disturbances -- are so widely reported.
Father Syquia addresses the topic in
a new book (Exorcism: Encounters with the Paranormal and the
Occult), and we look for his answers as we review (in the next
few weeks) the realm of "haunted" phenomena.
Have you ever known somebody who
believes he or she is plagued? Have you ever encountered "things that go
bump in the night"? Do you feel troubled by something unseen?
He offers a prayer (below) for those
who may be under attack in their households. It is a time, he states, when
the attacks have greatly increased.
"In the lives of many saints, God
allowed them to see and hear souls from purgatory in order for the saints
to intercede for them," he says. "The 'place' for the expiation of souls
seems not only confined to purgatory but may also include this earth.
"Blessed Anne Catharine Emmerich
said, 'There are also souls neither in Heaven, purgatory, nor hell, but
wandering the earth, in trouble and anguish, aiming at something they are
bound to perform. They haunt deserted places, ruins, tombs, and the scenes
of their past misdeeds.'
"But the important thing to remember
is that when a soul manifests itself to the living, it is basically a cry
for help. It must be noted that once a soul is granted the necessary
prayers and sacrifices, the manifestations stop."
Sometimes, says the exorcist, it is
a soul offering consolation to a living relative.
"These manifestations would normally
occur on the days right after the death of the loved one, like during the
wake, or could occur on the death anniversaries of the deceased," he
writes -- for our own determination.
It is not something we should ignore
nor about which we should develop an unhealthy curiosity.
Never do we seek contact with the
deceased. In many cases, states Father Syquia, disruptions -- hauntings -- are
caused by demons.
This can be for two reasons: due to sinful or occult activities in a home, or because a
building has been used "as a residence of blasphemers, Masons, criminals,
leaders of criminal organizations, drug dealers, and so on," he claims. "Sin, evil, and
the occult therefore attracted these evil spirits to inhabit the house."
We can also add: psychic phenomena,
the New Age, horror novels, palm-reading, mantras, Tarot cards, and
fortune-telling -- among many others. Especially, we can add seances --
the attempt to summon the decease, which all too often brings the wrong
kind of force.
It is a long list -- the activities
that can draw such entities. And when they infest a person, it can be like
tomb of Gadarenes.
Father Syquia cites the case of a
man who became infested after joining a spiritist group -- exhibiting
"possession" in the form of an epileptic-like attack.
"I had always believed that the
devil exists and that he can assault human beings through many
extraordinary means," says the priest. "But to see this firsthand, with my
own eyes, was just beyond me. It's like knowing that violent crime exists
but it's just out there and would never happen to me personally.
"But this time, I had come in
contact with the devil. I knew this from the bottom of my heart. But what
amazed me and touched me was the authority in the priesthood of Jesus
Christ. I, an unworthy human being, because of my priesthood, was able to
drive away a fallen angel from this person."
[Father Syquia's prayers for protection and deliverance:
Step 1: Prayer for Protection:
Jesus Crucified, cover me, my family, relatives, and friends and
all our possessions with Your Precious Blood. (Recite three times)
Step 2. Prayer for Armor
I put on God's armor to resist the devil's tactics. I stand my
ground with truth buckled around my waist and integrity for a breastplate. I
carry the shield of faith to put out the burning arrows of the evil one. I
accept salvation from God to be my helmet and receive the Word of God from the
Spirit to use as a sword.
Step 3. Prayer for Deliverance (said forcefully)
In the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, through His tremendous power as
God and through His most powerful and salvific Name, I rebuke, repudiate, bind
and cast out all spirits not of the Holy Spirit. I command you, in the Name of
Jesus, to depart right now from
(state the person or place)
and go immediately and directly
to the foot of the Cross and never to return.
(Then pray this prayer to the Holy Spirit asking for assistance
and His infilling):
O Most Holy Spirit, enter into the empty spaces left by these spirits and fill
(state name of person or place) with Your Presence, love, and protection.
Please do not allow these spirits to return.
Prayer to the Angels.
(Make a personal prayer to the angels to stand guard and
remain around the person or the place just delivered to seal them from future
Prayer for Cleansing.
Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and
Savior by the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that the cleansing power of the
Most Precious Blood of Your Son come upon us right now. Purify us and wash us
clean with the Blood of Jesus from the top of our heads down to the very soles
of our feet. Let this Blood penetrate the very marrow of our bones to cleanse us
from any entanglement from whatever spirit and refresh our bodies, souls, and
spirits. And may the Sign of Your Holy Cross drive away all evil spirits from
us. (Make the Sign of the Cross). In the Name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving.
(Make a personal prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God)
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