Monday, April 4, 2011

We Are All Exorcists

When we do "things as simple as making the sign of the cross or blessing people or objects with holy water" — Exorcism built into simplest rituals, says bishop.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I still wonder if normal people's (especially "psychologists") "aversion" to diagnosing "crazy" or "abnormal" people as being possessed is because they are really materialists, or because they are scared to hell of hell.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

I'm not sure that the bishop is right. Even if one makes the sign of the cross with protection against evil spirits in mind, most people make the sign of the cross not to drive them out but to keep them out.

12:15 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Pints, I like that phrase "scared to hell of hell."

Fr. Hayes, I think you may be right; sacramentals, unlike the Sacraments, as far as I know, do not operate ex opere operato.

1:04 PM  

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