Msgr. Stephen Rossetti / St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal
DUCCIO di Buoninsegna, Siena, “The Temptation on the Mount”
The demons have now launched a full out attack against Jason. They are sending manipulative and accusatory texts. (A friend walked into Jason’s room and saw his phone sitting face up and the keys typing messages by themselves.) The demons are intensely tormenting him, nightly burning crosses into his body, and more. They are getting into his and his family’s head, inflaming their frustration, anger and despair.
In the texts, the demons continue to boast: “He is ours.” “You will tire of this and give up.” “We will drag him to hell.” “You will never defeat us.”
But if you listen closely, you will hear that it is really the demons who are despairing. They fear giving up. They are insisting that Jason belongs to them because they know they are actually losing him. It is just one piece of a cosmic battle that they have already lost on Calvary. Their lot is one of defeat and despair.
Our task is to support Jason and his family who are suffering terribly. Their anger, frustration and feelings of hopelessness are very real. This is the challenge of an intense exorcism- keeping the team together and moving forward in the middle of a demonic onslaught.
We have engaged our prayer warriors. We need their prayers….I speak to Jason and his family about trusting in Jesus. I tell them this trial will end. The demons will be cast out. Persevere.
I worry. I stay close to them during this trial. I tell them that we will never abandon them. Neither will Jesus. And I pray, “Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided…”