Father Ripperger, traditional Catholic priest and exorcist, has stated that the demons are talking and that they feel as though God is taking their power because of the nearness of Judgement Day. Even though the world has embraced, celebrated and publicly endorsed new and unusual forms of evil, the presence of the Lord shines even brighter in the deepest darkness.
John 8:12 : Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Though the world be drenched and mired in sin and darkness, let us strive to walk with Jesus in the light.
2 Corinthians 4:6: For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. (Isaiah 28:18)
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil. (Hebrews 2:14)
From the Vatican document: TOWARDS A SPIRITUALITY FOR SYNODALITY
We also learn that which is God’s way of loving and acting for the salvation of the world through the new ‘music of the Cross’. In the end, discernment is an act of love for God and for neighbour. It is the knowledge that comes through love. In discerning in and through love, we can begin to comprehend reality in all its relationships and in its ultimate destiny to participate in God’s triune life. Discernment, then, is also an opening of the heart in love and mercy to all things.
As St Isaac of Nineveh (St Isaac the Syrian) expresses it: What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them, the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled, and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in like manner, such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God.
A horrified grandma has captured an image of “a demon” standing over her grandchild’s bed after setting up a camera in the infant girl’s room because she was heard telling someone to “go away” in the night.
Experienced authorities in the church usually indicate that demonic possession of an individual rarely occurs. It is strongly recommended that any person suspected of possession should be evaluated for an underlying psychological or physiological condition by medical professionals. Possession should be suspected when one or more of these conditions are present:
discolouration of skin colour and appearance (often ashen grey);
displays unnatural knowledge of secrets, even thoughts of surrounding people;
highly unusual behaviours – for example, excessive masturbation, perverse language, eating animals alive and faeces.
aversion to holy sites, relics and prayers – also finding offence with theological words and phrases, particularly in Hebrew, Latin and Greek.
knowledge of ancient and foreign languages without any instruction;
unnatural strength that does not match the age or gender of the afflicted;
the air within the room or building seems to feel ‘denser’ and colder than would be expected for the seasonal weather.
Most possessed people are unaware of the demon that resides in their consciousness. The best protection is to live in a state of grace – with prayer, worship, bible study and Christian fellowship. If seeking assistance, contact your local church authorities. I have included a reference guide for those who wish to find out more about the rite of exorcism.