The Catholic Herald reports here on the explosion of exorcisms around the world.
From Manila to Mexico City Catholic priests are leading a new and sometimes spectacular crusade against demonic possession
Exorcism has become so popular worldwide that now it’s not only performed on tormented individuals but also on entire nations. A few months ago Mexico, the second largest Catholic country, was exorcised of its demons in an unprecedented rite of exorcismo magno performed in secret in the city of San Luis Potosí.
On May 20, the renowned Spanish exorcist Fr José Antonio Fortea, author of the book El Exorcismo Magno, joined Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, and a cadre of trained exorcists to perform the maximum type of exorcism, reserved for nations and dioceses, on the Mexican Republic itself. Fr Fortea explained that exorcismo magno is “useful in situations in which great violence has been unleashed in a country”.
As I wrote earlier here, there has always been a strong association between between mind/mood-altering drugs and the demonic. What does it say about America that we are now the largest drug market on planet earth?
"Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths)," the Drug Enforcement Agency announced yesterday. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 46,471 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and more than half of those deaths were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. That compares with the 35,369 who died in motor vehicle crashes and 33,636 who died from firearms, as tallied by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Immersion in the Word of God.
- Teach them the central doctrines of the faith.
- Spiritual and moral formation.
- Deliverance ministry
In 4 decades, I have personally witnessed multiple times, the spectacular freeing power of the gospel from deeply-embedded bondage to evil. For those that need it, I earlier recommended here a balanced resource on spiritual warfare - Karl Payne's book, "Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization and Deliverance".