Exorcism is a serious sacramental rite of the Christian Church, and a ritual used by many other religious beliefs outside of Christianity. However it is one ritual that require extensive training and careful planning, and should never be undertaken by lay people or even clergy who are untrained or under-prepared. Continue reading
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The Face of Evil in our Contemporary Society?
To better understand evil, it is worthwhile to consider the conclusions of scholars, such as M. Scott Peck, Erich Fromm, Martin Buber and others who devoted a good part of their lives to the study of the nature of the workings of the minds of evil people. Although many thinkers, ethicists, theologians and behavioral scientists have written volumes on the subject and many of those have influenced my thinking, I gained my clearest perspective after reading Peck’s book, “People of the Lie.” [i] Continue reading
We find the following quote on the Psychology Today web site;
Perhaps it’s time psychologists start asking some of those same questions. What is exorcism? How does it heal? Can we learn something valuable about psychotherapy from exorcism? Are there certain techniques employed by exorcists that psychotherapists should consider when treating angry, psychotic or violent patients? Are there vital existential or spiritual questions addressed by exorcism–for example, the archetypal riddle of evil–that psychotherapy detrimentally avoids or neglects?
To read the entire article, see: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evil-deeds/201201/the-devil-inside-psychotherapy-exorcism-and-demonic-possession
If it is true, as Baudelaire suggests, that the Devil’s cleverest wile is to convince us that he does not exist, … I now know that Satan is real. I have met it.
Books that describe possessions which are authored by clergy from within the Roman Catholic church, are often dismissed, the conventional wisdom being that these authors are backward and superstitious like their predecessors of the middle ages were, however this is far from the truth as many of these priests are highly educated with degrees in psychology or other sciences and prior to having a first hand experience with the paranormal, were prone to dismiss any talk of demonic activities as naught but superstitious nonsense. But after meeting Satan or one of his minions–face to face-these Priests have now adopted a totally different perspective.
I now know that Satan is real. I have met it.