Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Want to Defeat Evil...Humility is the Answer

An exorcism course is being taught in Rome, yesterday the doors were opened to journalists...an excerpt from the class from Zenit News Agency - The World Seen From Rome:

According to the archbishop, 'we make use of this power to expel the demons. This power is real and must be taken seriously, but it must be exercised with great humility, avoiding hasty analyses or degenerating into magical arts of liberation, remembering always that it is Jesus who liberates, through the power of prayer that arises from faith, and through the power of the sacraments of faith.'

The prelate referred to a dialogue that St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, said he had with the devil.

The latter said: 'I can do everything you do, I can also do your penances, I can imitate you in everything. There is one thing, however, that I cannot do, I cannot imitate you in humility.'

The saint answered: 'That's why I defeat you.'

'Humility,' continued the archbishop, 'is the best bulwark against the devil and humility always ends in prayer and adoration...

'[It is] a power that is obtained continuously from the cross, because the whole of
salvation stems from that event of infinite love with which Jesus entered history as Savior.'