Guide to the Deliverance Prayers for the Laity with Father Ripperger
Steve: Welcome everybody back. Steve with Sensus Fidelium coming at you once again with Father Ripperger, who you pretty much already know, so we won’t go through the particulars of “Hey Father. Who are you. What do you do.” So anyway, how are you though?
Father: I’m doing well. We’re doing very well. Thank you, and thanks for having me on.
Steve: Oh anytime. So we’re going over this deliverance prayers book, who pretty much many people have probably seen before. It’s on Father’s Sensus Traditionis site, and you get it on Amazon. It has a bunch of prayers in there for all sorts of different ideas, the Auxilium Christianorum and some chants.
So I wanted to go over what are, in particular, some of these prayers and a little bit about these, so just to get some confusion out of the way. So Father if you would, take a look at this, and we’ll go from there.
Father: Thank you, Steve.
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Steve: So Father, you put this book together about a couple years ago, and we’ve had some questions. I know I have some people come up to me and people come up to you asking about what what prayer should I use for this, for this particular life what should I do for this. You know the thing. How do you know what prayers to even use for your particular life?
Father: Well I think a lot of it just depends on the particular kind of spiritual warfare that you’re dealing with just as it is in relationship to when we want to attain a specific benefit from a particular saint, like if you want to sell your house, you pray to Saint Joseph. You don’t bury his statue upside down. You actually pray by a statue. Buy a statue, I’m all in favor of that, but then you actually pray to Saint Joseph. So if you’re looking for a specific kind of benefit, that’s actually why you actually use different different prayers in here. When I put it together, I compiled it. I had several books that other exorcists had given me when I was being trained. They were just given to me, and so I was putting them all together, and I finally just said, this is taking too much time. So, I actually made an initial scan them all, put them in one thing which I could use for myself, and then, eventually, what I realized is that there was kind of a niche out there that wasn’t being fulfilled.
The book by Thigpen on spiritual warfare I thought was really good, and it does have some prayers in there, but I thought something a little bit more extensive. So there had been some stuff that had been put out that was good, but I just didn’t think it was extensive, so I realized this is a niche that isn’t being fulfilled. And I was getting regular requests from people about what prayers should I say for this and that, and now I can just say, buy this book, and then say the prayer on such and such a page. And then, of course, they’ll have other prayers here that they can make use of as well.
Steve: So, in a sense, this is like a compendium of all sorts of prayers you’ve compiled throughout different books and sources.
Father: That’s right. Yeah, it came from a number of different locations. In fact, one of the things I should probably actually address, which was a question we were talking about before we started this segment, but is the fact that some people said, “well some of these prayers have come from Protestants,” and actually, virtually all of the prayers that I have here came from exorcists who had already been using them for some time, so most of these prayers are actually pretty old. The only prayer that, which we’ll talk about when we get there, is the one on the Freemasonic curse, to break the Freemasonic curse. That was drafted by a Protestant, but it was based upon all the different levels of Freemasonry, so I went through it, and completely edited it and changed a number of different things in it, and added a few things. So, I basically basically took a prayer, Catholicized it, removed all the Protestant catchy terms and that type of thing and actually addressed issues that weren’t being addressed. So, any of the prayers that are in here have been thoroughly edited and vetted by me and by other exorcists as to their efficacy, to make sure that they were efficacious in various ways.
Steve: So, speaking on that authority, can you say something else on the authority structure of these prayers.
Father: Yeah, I talk a little bit about it in the introduction but basically it boils down to authority. All authority comes from God, which we know from Scripture. And so, there are two avenues by which authority comes. The first is the Divine Positive Law. So, the authority structure within the Church is that structure of authority that God established: the Divine Positive Law, which is in revelation. So, we know, for example, that he set up the Apostles and their successors, and then we know there’s a beginning of the unpacking of the orders and the fact that they start ordaining deacons, so you start to see that being unpacked. So, there’s an authority structure on the side of the Church and Christ said, “all authority is given to me on heaven and earth, therefore go”. And so he gives that Apostles jurisdiction. So, that passes through the Divine Positive Law side. This is why priests–there’s prayers the priests can do that lay people can’t because priests can basically pray over anybody unless their bishop restricts them or restricts a specific kind of prayer. So, they can actually pray over anybody because of the fact that our priesthood isn’t confined to a particular individual, even though we serve at a particular location or a particular church, as they call it (that is a particular part of the Church), the fact is that our priesthood is universal so we can pray for anybody.
But when it comes to lay people, the authority structure actually comes through the Natural Law, which basically means that if the Natural Law dictates that you have authority over the person or obligations and duties in relationship to a person, you can therefore–and this is what exorcists have known–you can, therefore, say the binding; do what’s called “imprecatory prayers,” which is, you can command the demons to leave. So that, basically, comes in two places. One, primarily in the family. So, the husband has right authority over the wife and the kids so he can say commanding prayers in relationship to demons in relationship to them. The wife can do it in relationship to the children. She doesn’t have authority over the husband but she does actually have duties and obligations in relationship to the marital contract. I always have to put this in; everyone says, “well, it’s not a contract. It’s a covenant.” Okay, look up in the old, old dictionaries the definition of covenant and what you’ll find is it says a solemn contract. So, it’s still a contract, it’s just a different kind. It’s not a business contract like we have in the United States. But there are 17 different forms of contract, morally speaking, and that’s not to include the legal kinds. There’s 17 different kinds; marriage is one of those contracts, but that means that, as a contract, it gives the wife rights over the husband’s body and the husband rights over her body, so she can actually command the demons to leave because she has rights over his body. So even though she doesn’t have authority over him, she does have rights in relationship to it. So the children, and this is something else that we know, and by the way, all this was parsed out by just observing this authority structure. But then we were also paying close attention to who’s getting attacked, who’s getting retaliated against when they say these prayers in an imprecatory form, that is by commanding the demons to leave rather than just petition for them or the deprecatory form where they just petition Our Lord and Our Lady to do something. And we noticed that it follows very closely this authority structure but then it also follows very closely those who have rights and those who do not. So if you have rights in relationship to somebody, and you say the imprecatory form, the demons have to observe those rights because they know that this is a natural law established by God so they still have to observe it, even though a lot of times they try and attack it to some degree, but they have to observe that. And so when you do something that’s within your rights they, don’t have the ability or the power to come back and attack you, unless God permits it, which is extraordinarily rare. So if it falls within those confines, so just to parse it out – parents have it over the children, spouses have it over each other, either because the husband has authority over his wife or the wife has rights in relationship with the body. The husband also has rights so his is twofold. The grandparents do not have the rights because they don’t have the right, and there’s an easy way to kind of figure this out in relationship to authority. If I have the right to tell you to come mow my lawn, or I have the authority to tell you, “mow my lawn”, then you have to mow it if I have authority over. So if your grandparents say, “come mow my lawn”, you’re like, ” no”. So it’s one of those things, unless you’re doing it out of charity or some other motivation. So the grandparents don’t. Godparents do not. I realize that in certain cultures they have the kind of like this quasi right of command but in point of fact, in the mind of the Church, Saint Thomas himself actually says that godparents have the right to counsel, not of command. So that means that godparents can’t command in relationship to those that are their godchildren. Siblings do have the ability to command the demons in relationship to their other siblings not because they have authority over them but because of the fact that they have obligations under the fourth commandment, at least that’s what we’ve observed, also in observing the retaliation. And then people very often will ask, the last one, unless you can think of some other category, Steve, I’m not covering. But another one they often ask – what about foster children. No you don’t actually have authority over the foster children. You just have the right to actually provide for them and to physically protect them to some degree, but you don’t actually have authority of them until they’re adopted. So once they’re adopted, then there’s a recognition on the side of demons. The state does have a right under certain circumstances to convey to a couple rights over children, and so they’ll actually obey that. So once they’re adopted they can but until then they can’t.
Steve: So, I would say some stranger comes up and does a prayer over here. That’s pretty bad idea right?
Father: Yeah it’s a bad idea. When I was in Omaha as their exorcist, I would regularly have to clean up people who were usually involved in the charismatic renewal. I’m pretty benign to the people in the Charismatic renewal even though I think their formation is flawed, and I think that their theology is Protestant and not Catholic in many ways, which you can see in my forthcoming book at some point about that. I’m about five chapters out left to finish that book. But on charismatic graces and what they are because it’s really misunderstood. But I used to have to clean them up regularly because people would come to me having imposed hands or tried to cast demons out. They were only lay people and they would end up getting taken to the woodshed, and so you’d have to clean them up, and in other places that I’ve talked to, there were places that were doing kind of charismatic things in relationship to how they were trying to heal people and they said, “we’re getting all sorts of retaliation”. So, I’d go there, and I would ask, “okay what are you doing, how are you doing this”. And once I told them stop doing these things, but continue doing these things, or do these other things, once they started doing that, they actually had greater success in their work in helping people to become healed, even though they weren’t overstepping their bounds on the authority issue.
Steve: So, there’s prayers like, for example, the long version of the Saint Michael prayer, which looks incredibly good. Leo the 13th put it together but because the authority structure, if a layman says it, that’s not a good idea, right?
Father: Right. So there’s actually that prior to Saint Michael, there’s actually four versions of it. The first is the longest form which came out I believe, in which is the one that Leo the 13th promulgated, and in there, I think it was between 1921 and 1928, I think, somewhere in there, the Vatican put out a redacted version of it, and the original version that Leo the 13th put out is forbidden used by all Catholics. You’ll actually see it on the internet. It says Leo the 13th encouraged all Catholics to use this. That’s true but the subsequent legislation restricts the use of that prayer. The prayer against apostate angels is the technical name for it. It’s Chapter 3 in the Ritual Romanum of Title 12. But it’s in there. It’s restricted only to priests -that is the second version. So the original version, nobody can use, and I think there’s some reasons for that, but the second one is the one that you see commonly out there, and that’s the one in which it says that this is restricted. It says a priest can use this with the permission of his ordinary. So permission is a little bit different from getting faculties. Faculties and even permission to the way the new code is written, but you have to have faculties for solemn exorcism, which is something that is only given to priests who are really exorcists. And then there’s permission that can be given for this, for Chapter 3, which is given to any priest can give it, so like here in the Archdiocese of Denver, the bishop has given all priests permission in the diocese to use it, which is very beneficial to us because when people first contact us, we’ll very often send them to their pastor who can then kind of help them up. So that’s the first two. That second one in a petitio, was sent to Rome asking does this rubric still obtain, because when I was first an exorcist I was told that any priest whatsoever can use Chapter 3 without further permission. And there was some legitimate question about it because every time I’d look at that rubric, I’m like scratching – I’m like I don’t know of any time that the Vatican’s changed that. So what happened is that a petitio was sent and then Rome wrote back and said that rubric was never changed and so it’s still in force. And so priests do actually have to have permission. And then they also said in a different document that that prayer, of the apostate angels , Chapter 3 of of Title 12 of the Ritual Romanum is forbidden used to the laity, period. They can’t use it and I know laity that have used it, and they end up with this problem of retaliation. Very often they’ll say, “well I’ve used it and I’ve never suffered any problem” and you’ll ask them well, what’s your family life like and then you’ll find out that it’s true. Excuse me, the demon may not have been able to get to that particular individual, but then there’s all this collateral damage in their family, and so that’s one of the the signs that they’re biting off a bit more they can chew. Then in The Raccolta, there’s a longer prayer. It’s not longer than that, the second one, but it’s a third kind of one which is it’s the Saint Michael Prayer but it’s even longer and that one you can, anybody can use and then there’s the normal Saint Michael prayer which everybody prays – St Michael the Archangel, Defend us in the battle… that one anybody can use. So those are the the four. So sometimes people ask me, they’ll say what about the prayer to St. Michael. You have to be specific because some people have even said the third one you can’t use when actually you can use it.
Steve: There are some priests that say never engage with the devil. What say you on this topic?
Father: Well there is the line from St. Paul where he says engage the ancient serpent and win the crown of glory, so he’s already telling the people to whom he sent the letter, the epistle to, that they have to engage him at times. Now, I think the distinction has to be made. Obviously you don’t go around looking to to get into fights with him. On the other hand, when he shows up, you can’t just ignore him and act like he’s going to go away because some priests say, “oh if you don’t ignore him, if you just pray to God, things will think. That’s not how this works and a lot of people who have tried that end up realizing it doesn’t work and so they get beat around a little bit, and I think a lot of that has to do with, let me just put it to you this way – I know of no seminary, no seminary in the entire world, and I can say this by having taught in some of them, having seen some of them, having talked to numerous priests, all of them complain about the fact that the basics of spiritual warfare are not taught in the seminaries. So what priests will get is bits and pieces of information and very often they’re reading sources that are unreliable, and so what’s happening is that there’s just a general ignorance among the clergy. And so I don’t blame the priests for thinking this, and they don’t want people going around and doing things they’re not supposed to do. On the other hand, if they attack you, then you have an obligation to fight them, to combat them in ways that are proper. Obviously, if they’re trying to test you with them, to tempt you with impurity, then you just got to get away from it, but there’s other ways of disappropriation, which I talk about in one of my conferences, etc. There’s different ways to deal with different kinds of diabolic influence or attacks, but I think to just generally say you should just ignore them and act and never go on the offensive, I think is not just ill advice but it’s contrary to what scripture itself says in St Paul. Obviously, though, so you don’t want to go around looking for it, but when it comes to your way or the one last thing I would say is that when it comes to parents or to fathers especially in relationship to the home, they should be saying prayers to St. Michael, mostly deprecatory prayers. They don’t have to say binding prayers unless they’re seeing something. So I tell people, “well look if you see something, then address it” because that’s what St. Peter says – be vigilant and watchful. So if you see something, deal with it. If you don’t see something, just say your basic prayers asking God to protect you and your family, and I think that’s the one thing that that has to be done is asking God to continue and Our Lady to protect your family and the various saints to protect your family. So those are things, positive things, that I think people have to do. So I think it boils down to just a lack of formation on the side of the priests that say that.
Steve: Kind of like almost the lack of Sacramental knowledge, too. I started thinking about the holy water and exercised salt and things like that. Other weapons you can use for this instead of thinking you need to do a ritual for this.
Father: Yeah that’s right, exactly. And I think that a lot of times, too, is that people just do their basic prayers. So like a lot of times people come to us. We adopted a protocol which is a four stage protocol which deals with before you can see me, because our basic attitude is like, I’m the brain surgeon. I’m not your GP. I’m not your pastor. So a vast majority of people’s diabolic problems can be cleaned up on their own or with the help of their pastor, and it’s only if he sees something that really needs to be addressed on a level that he can’t, doesn’t feel comfortable addressing, then you send it to me. And we found on that first level, we just find there’s just some basic things that people can do at home. It clears up a lot of their problems, and so I think that in the long run, it’s actually more beneficial to the laity. to equip them with the tools, so they actually know what they can and cannot do. The limits of what they should and shouldn’t do, but then also equip them with the tools and the Sacramentals, as you say, and you know that’s one of the beauties I love of the old ritual. One of the things I’ll often tell people is one of the ways you can keep demons out of your children is feed them exercised salt. Put it in the food and when it comes to protecting yourself, have your wine blessed, have your beer blessed. There’s all these blessings in the old rite. Have your medicine blessed. All this stuff. There’s all these different Sacramentals which doesn’t even include the other ones which everybody knows like the Benedict medal, the Miraculous Medal and the scapular and things of that sort. Burning a candle in your home, etc. One of the things we just discovered recently, very recently, in fact, is that with some people who the demons are attacking them in their dreams or they’re having really violent dreams and things of that sort, just burning an exercised and blessed candle while they sleep, we’ll a lot of times clear that out. So just having some basic knowledge of the Sacramentals is very beneficial, and I think that other than, unless they went to a traditional seminary, their odds of knowing that stuff is very slim. Many of the priests who are in the new rite, who would have a desire to start learning more about the old rite, complaining they know nothing about the Sacramentals, which is unfortunate.
Steve: Yeah because I have 4000 videos, I’ve actually listened to on the channel, I kind of know some of this but I got a 5 gallon drum of Epiphany water that we have the whole family drink at night.
Father: Yeah, ever since I was a pastor, I always made large quantities of Epiphany water. The other thing is we always try and do is get Lustral water, which is made on the Easter Vigil because that’s even more efficacious. So in fact I can just kind of run down this real quick.
There’s actually five forms of holy water, there’s the one blessed in the New Rite, which is holy water but it’s not as efficacious as the Rite that is done in the Old Rite, which actually includes exorcism of the salt blessing, exorcism of the water, and blessing, and then the mixture of the two together, and ask for prayers, which is more efficacious because what we get, what we pray for, is what we get and that’s actually one of the forms of disinformation that’s kind of out there. As they say, “oh well they’re both blessed, they both have the same efficacy”. That’s actually contrary to scripture because Christ actually said, “knock and it will be open, ask and you will receive”.
There’s a direct correspondence between what you ask for and what you’re going to get. So if you don’t ask for it, you’re likely not to get it unless God steps in and intervenes, which is not always the case. Whereas, if you ask for it you’re more likely to get it, and so what we ask for in our prayers, is what we’re going to get.
So, in the exorcism of the Old Rite of holy water, there’s much more that we’re asking for, and we’re actually asking for it to drive away demons and to do various, appeal people, etc. So, there’s a number of things that we’re asking for. The second one is Epiphany water, which is basically the Old Rite of exorcism on steroids because it’s chanted and there’s a little bit more to it. And then there’s the Lustral water, which is actually made at the feast of the Easter Vigil, which is before they make the Baptismal water. You make a bunch of water. Then you separate it out, and the Lustral water is that stuff that’s been blessed but it hasn’t been made into Baptismal water. And then the last one is called Gregorian water, which if you can get your hands on it, I’ve got just a little bit of it which I only use under certain circumstances, but it’s actually the holy water that can only be made by a bishop, and it’s used for the consecration of altars. So if you can have that, that’s the one we found to be the one that just blows them out, but it’s hard to get a hold of and a lot of bishops are reluctant to give it, so they might give it to someone like me who’s doing this line of work but they may not give it out generally. But those are the different kinds of holy water. So when you tell this to people, everyone just looks at you like deer in the headlights – “but how come I never heard any of this”. Well, we all know it’s because the Church isn’t teaching us anything these days. They’re more worried about making sure that you’re woke than you are, and they’re more concerned about, I hate to say this, they’re more concerned about that you’re getting your vaccination than they are knowing about the Sacramentals. So, there we are.
Steve: So, speaking of weapons that you may, if that, for the laity, we got this book here Deliverance Prayers for Use by the Laity. Some of the prayers that we want to go over today or that you have people come up and give you questions about.
Father: Yeah I think that because a lot of times I get a lot of questions, like I don’t even know how to use this book, I don’t even know what the prayers are for, when should I use this prayer for that or what, you know I have this problem, which prayer should I use. So we’re going to cover some of them. We’re not going to cover all of them because we’d be here for a few hours but there’s just a few things that people can actually use. You did mention some of the old Sacramentals. If you can get exercised oil from a priest; some priests will do it. Some dioceses don’t even permit it because they consider that there’s a confusion that sometimes occurs when people say, “oh well I’m getting this oil. it’s the same oil that they use for chrism or it’s the oil of the sick”, and I can see that some people would become confused. What I don’t see is why that can’t be cleared up with five minutes of catechesis. All you have to do is say no this is for Sacraments – this one’s for Sacrament; this is a Sacramental. This one does this. This one does that. That’s literally all that you have to do. I realize a lot of chanceries just put out this these statements because they’re just trying to carte blanche deal with stuff, and they don’t want to get into that, but then again, I think we’re back to that we just need more catechesis. But if you can get some exercised oil, that’s really beneficial. So if you look at, this is the current version of this, which is page 13, it says, so it’s the Sealing Prayer of Protection. The person seals themselves with holy oil. You just take a little bit of oil, make it [Father demonstrates by making the Sign of the Cross on his forehead with his thumb] and then you say the prayer. We use a longer version of this during our solemn exorcisms. It’s a longer version which is only in the priests one, but that one actually is very beneficial to just start your prayers out with if you’re going to start, if you’re going to do some prayers to try and keep demons at bay or address certain diabolic activities, just saying this to keep yourself protected or anyone else that’s praying with you protected. Then there’s this kind of prayer commands.
The Carmelite Invocation. These are just different prayers that you can try. They have different efficacy.
The Breastplate of St Patrick, which is on page 15. We use this regularly during our sessions. It is one of the most efficacious prayers we have found that causes demons an enormous amount of pain. So I tell people, obviously you’re not going to do this to drive the demons out so much, although it might have that effect, but just to provide some protection for you. Because of the nature of the prayer, it basically clothes you in the protection of God, etc. So that one we found very beneficial, at least in session. Then there’s a series of different kinds of binding prayers. You can try these different prayers. I often tell people, “well try different ones. See which one works. If you notice that one works, the other one doesn’t, well then just keep using the one that works the most.” I should say a little bit about binding first. There’s even some misinformation going out there and say well you can’t bind the demons. You can’t do that, so binding is a protestant thing. Well in my forthcoming book, I show that binding is all over scripture, binding of demons is all over scripture. It’s actually all over the tradition of the Church . It’s even in several rituals of the Church where you actually bind the demon or ask for the demon to be bind or some saint binds them, etc. So the question about binding isn’t whether it exists or not. It’s not a protestant thing. It’s a thoroughly Catholic thing. The real question is who can do it under what circumstances. So that’s the real issue there. So with the binding prayers, it’s the same thing with imprecatory prayers. If you if you have the authority over something or somebody, or you have rights in relationship to them or duties, then you can say an imprecatory prayer, where you say tell the demon I bind you; whereas, if you don’t, then you can just ask Christ. Christ or Our Lady “bind this demon” etc. The most common one, which I learned right off the bat as an exorcist but which became kind of the cornerstone which I use even in sessions, is the one on page 19. It’s called the Latin binding prayer. I just put Latin binding prayer. I actually wrote the Latin part of it, but the English is the most common one that’s used, so you don’t have to do the one in Latin. We can talk a little bit about the efficacy of Latin maybe a little bit later, but that prayer, that one is the most common one which I tell people to use. You can actually amplify it. So if you have devotion to other saints, so when you get to the Apostles Peter and Paul, you can say St Joseph, St. Padre Pio, who’s a big one. He’s a real helper in our line of work, etc. So you can add the saints that you have devotion to and then you can command the demons to leave the particular person. If you don’t have that, then you can just petition Christ or Our Lady. You can say, “Jesus I ask you to bind the spirit of” and then you name it. So those are the things that you can actually do in the binding prayers. Binding prayers are really helpful. I recommend them a lot of times in relationship to people who are under forms of temptation, people whose children are being attacked or their wife or husband might be being attacked or even when you might perceive that there’s, even in your own temptations, you can say it for your own temptations. You can also use it when you just think that people’s perceptions of you are being affected. That’s because demons can affect people’s perceptions. So you can use it for a variety of different forms.
Steve: But that doesn’t work for everybody now.
Father: No. That’s correct. There might be one of two reasons. Because people say, “well I’m saying this prayer, why isn’t it working”. Well, it’s one of two reasons. Either your prayers aren’t specific enough or you’re not dealing with the demon right or there’s nothing there. Because sometimes people are like, ” I’m saying this binding prayer but my my ten-year-old boy is acting up”. So I’ll just ask him a simple question, “when was the last time you spanked your 10 year old boy.” “Well I’ve never spanked him. I never spank him.” Well, there’s why he’s acting up. Has nothing to do with any demons. And then the other reason it can actually be is your prayer just isn’t efficacious enough. So you just have to keep at it. So there’s different reasons why it may or may not work. There’s other times when it may not work because of the fact that in spiritual warfare, precision is everything. So the more precise your prayer is, the more likely it’s going to work. So for example, a lot of people who have problems with chastity, I’ll tell them start binding the demon of one of these three demons if you suffer from them: fear, depression or despair. So if you suffer from one of those, and you’re suffering from temptations against chastity, and you suffer from fear, just start binding the demon of fear, and you’ll notice that the chastity issues will clear up, because they’re like, “I’m binding this demon of chastity. I can’t seem to get anywhere. It’s encouraging me to violate my chastity.” I said “well that’s because that’s not his nature. What you need to do is ask Our Lady of Sorrows. Find out what’s the nature of this thing or if you know the structure of it, start binding his true nature, and then all that other stuff will clear out. So a lot of times, it’s a matter of precision, but a lot of times, it’s just that you’re shooting at a target that isn’t there, sometimes. So you just have to be aware of that. The longer form of binding prayer; we use this a lot in session, but you can do it for yourself, especially if you don’t know the source of the problem or if you suspect there’s some type of diabolic problem but you’re not sure of what the actual nature of the demon is. We call this carpet bombing. So I’ll tell people when I’m first doing a diagnostic, “look I’m going to be binding. I’m going to be saying a prayer that names an awful lot of stuff, and you’re going to wonder why am I saying this.” Why is Father Ripperger saying this thing? I never had a problem with arrogance or confusion or that. That’s not what the issue is. I tell them, it’s like that that line from the, I can’t remember which movie it is, but “just shoot them all and let God sort them out”. You just carpet bomb the whole area, and then if there’s a demon that’s affected, if it’s doing that, that’s one of these, it’ll actually have an effect. Sometimes to this, on the back of the book, there’s a list of spirits, which we’ll talk about a little bit. I will add sections of that if I notice that the demons–there’s a ping in a particular area. That there’s a reaction. Then I’ll go to the back part and start hitting all the different areas that are connected to that which are listed in that list of sins, vices and spirits. I’ll list those, too, so sometimes just going through those can be very beneficial. The other thing is, too, is sometimes we’ll use this as a diagnostic because of the fact that the demons will react to specific things and that gives us an indicator. Sometimes they don’t react at all. Sometimes they hide, especially when you get to certain areas or later in the sessions if you’ve been working with somebody for a while, they’ll start reacting to something rather than other.
The next one is a binding prayer to blind the demons. So demons can actually be blinded. How does this work? Well, the nature of angelic knowledge is that every single thing that is occurring in the universe materially is infusing their intellect as it happens. All they have to do in order to be able to know what’s happening, like in our discussion or what’s happening in the room next door, is just move their intellect to think of that particular room and then boom, they immediately see what’s going on there. But what that tells you is is that God can actually–we see this even in session during when people are possessed and the demons manifested–we can ask God to block his will from being able to do certain things, and so blinding basically is a process by which you’re asking God to block the demon’s will from being able to focus on the thing that you’re talking about or the information or knowledge that you don’t want him to make use of, and so sometimes that can be very beneficial.
Acts of Rejection. This can be done if someone’s made a pact with the devil and things like that but there’s also renunciations. This is one of the things that’s been promoted quite a bit in the last 30 years among people who are doing deliverance work, but it’s also people like this one particular gentleman, I’ll leave out a name, thinks that he’s just genius because he came up with this renunciation idea, and I’m like that has actually been in the rite of Baptism for 2000 years. So it’s one of those things that’s been around where you renounce the devil, you renounce certain things that you’re struggling with, can also be very beneficial and efficacious.
Prayer for Protection Against Curses, Harm and Accidents is on 24.
Other Prayers for Breaking Curses of the Occult. One of the things I’ll often tell people–this sounds so uncharitable. I don’t know if we’ve talked about this before with you, Steve, or someone else, but it sounds so uncharitable. One of the things I’ll actually do is, I’ll tell people look if you think you’re being cursed, all you have to do is ask Our Lord and just say, look if I’m being cursed, if it’s Your Holy Will, send it back from whence it came”. Now it sounds uncharitable because the demon gets sent back, and we actually had a case of possession where one way I asked Christ to send this demon back from whence he came because he got influenced. He started pleading with me, “no, no, no, don’t send me back” because he later explained that if he gets sent back, the demon that’s possessing the other person who sent him in here is going to get angry with him and beat him up. I’m, like that’s not my monkey to be worrying about, so you’re out of here. So but this is something that can be very beneficial if you can just ask Our Lord if if I’m being cursed, send it back from whence it came.
Breaking Occult Ties. A person can do that for himself.
Prayer to Remove Generational Spirits. This is on page 25. This needs a little bit of explanation and an addressing of a particular question that’s been occurring somewhat regularly. People say well generational spirits is a protestant idea, and it has no place in Catholic theology. Again, we’re right back to the problem of complete ignorance. In my book that I’m writing on diabolic influence, I actually have a chapter that’s 80 pages long. It deals with authority structure, and one of the things I talk about there is how generational spirits can actually be passed on from generation to generation. The structure of it, how it comes through-the authority structure, how it’s actually part of scripture, how it’s actually in the tradition of the Church, and that basically it’s the inversion of generational blessings. So like when people get married, there’s actually a generational blessing whereas the blessing will pass to you, so you may see the blessings in your children to the third and fourth generation. So that it’s an inversion of that process and so there’s actually, and this is something which exorcists have known. I know that some prominent exorcists, even Amorth, didn’t buy their existence, but I have seen cases where people were. Actually I had two cases where the women were actually possessed by spirits that have passed, have been passed on generationally. So this does actually exist. Very often people will see patterns within their family line or structure. So they’ll notice that there’s a history of say, sexual abuse or physical abuse, or there’s a history of fear where everybody in the generational line seems to have a problem with fear or pride or that type of thing. Now some of this can be learned behavior. Some of it can just be people acting badly but sometimes it can actually be, and some people say well maybe it’s genetic. Well there can be a genetic disposition but when people are consistently doing these things, it doesn’t, once you start flooding the gene pool with other people through the process of the generational line, that should begin to dissipate but a lot of times it doesn’t, so this is an indicator that it could be something generational. So I’ll often recommend say the prayers to break the generational spirit. Now again, in spiritual warfare precision is everything, so I often recommend but before you say this prayer, what you need to do is you need to start saying a novena to Our Lady of Sorrows and ask her to reveal to you, which comes in the form of an ordinary grace. All of a sudden, you’ll just see this is what the problem is in my family. Our Lady isn’t going to talk to you as you hear some people say, and it’s not like God told me in prayer. Anytime anybody talks that way, I just, I’m sorry as an exorcist I ask them one of two questions. I either just tune out or ask them did you hear this audibly because that can be an indicator that your possessed. So I’m like don’t be talking that way because it’s theologically imprecise, and it’s just, it’s misleading. But I’ll tell them, she’ll give you an ordinary grace to see what’s in your generational line, and then you can actually say this prayer and actually include the prayer, and include that particular sin in the generational discussion of the generational line. And so a lot of people who say this prayer will very often find it very beneficial. Parents can also say it for the sake of their children. Sometimes if it’s a low-level spirit, it’ll get blown out just by what the parents do. Sometimes if there’s a generational spirit in the family, especially if it’s connected to a curse, very often you’re going to have to go to a priest in order to address that.
Cardinal occult spirits, Latin Severing Prayer, you can say that for yourself. You can also say that for somebody in your family, but that one is not used that often by laity, but it’s still in there for that. Prayers Against Every Evil. So there’s all sorts of different kinds.
Prayers Against Temptations.
Prayers to be Freed from Evil Habits. So you just have to look at it.
Prayer to Overcome Evil Passions to Become a Saint.
The next one I want to talk about is on page 35. This is Commission of the Care of Body and Soul. This one we did. I drafted this prayer based upon a recognition that we need to commend very often our body and soul to Our Lady and to our guardian angels and Saint Michael in order to protect us while we sleep because that’s one of the times we’re most vulnerable because we don’t have volitional control of what’s happening. In fact we’re very often completely unaware of what’s happening, and so we need to commend our body and soul to them. Parents can also do it for their own children, especially for children we found this one to be really beneficial for using this for children who are young, like one and a half to three years of age who are suffering from nightmares. A lot of times doing this. Also, that’s one of the things that we found beneficial is that for parents to bless their children with the exercised oil right before they go to bed. Just say, “May God bless you. May Our Lady keep you and protect you and may your guardian angel”. So they can say that prayer. We found that one to be particularly beneficial for that. So if people are looking for protection for their children when they pray. Some people have also found this helpful for chastity issues and things of that sort.
The next prayer that I can recommend is on page 37. That’s the Prayer against Retaliation. This prayer we have found that if you’re saying prayers and you’re getting a little bit of blowback, even even if you have authority, if you’re petitioning God and usually if you petition God, you’re not going to get too much blowback but saying this Prayer against Retaliation can be very helpful not to suffer retaliation or if you are suffering from it, to be protected so that you don’t get retaliated against. We use this very often in our sessions to keep the demons at bay because a lot of times the demons will threaten and things of that sort.
The next one is the Perimeter Prayer. Now there’s two different versions of this. There’s this one, and then there’s one you can say around your house. So the parameter prayer is to create a parameter around yourself, to keep yourself protected, and so a lot of times people will do this. You can also say this for your house, so that there’s a parameter protection for your house, especially if you’ve got bad neighbors or if there’s something you’re questioning in your neighborhood, you can say that which can be very beneficial.
Prayer to Reverse Decisions. This is one in which, there’s two times I use this the most, and that’s if people have gotten involved in the occult, and they’ve made pacts or things like that, we’ll use this to reverse that process. The other time we’ll use this is a lot of times people will make private vows that are very ill advised, and they didn’t talk to their pastor or they didn’t talk to a priest about it, and so a lot of times the demons will inspire them to make vows they can’t fulfill or that are just, as I said, ill-advised. They’re just imprudent, and so a lot of times what we’ll do is, if it’s a private vow, it still has to be released either by your pastor or your bishop, but then also very often though, or another one that we use this for is when people say, “I want to be a victim soul” , and I’ll tell them, “look you got to reverse that decision”, and then they just get whacked by demons, and I’m saying, “well this is why” and the people that are true victim souls, the only time you should ever consider consenting to that is if it’s already clear that God has set your life up as that and that is so extraordinarily rare, and even then, that is something that you should be talking to a spiritual director about. So, in all of the people that I’ve ever worked with or ever had as spiritual directees or anything, there’s only two that I thought met that criteria and that, and they were people who had reached a very high level of ability to suffer extraordinarily attacks, and so they were the only people that you could recommend. So I’ll tell them, “you got to reverse that decision because you didn’t make it understanding it properly. We’re just about getting to the end of this section.
So, Prayer Against Oppression. This is the prayer if you’re being attacked in your externals. That’s in your health, your job, your finances, in your relationships, things of that sort. You can say this prayer. It’s very specific, so if you name this specific thing, that can be very beneficial.
In one of my other interviews or conferences, I made the observation that the next one, the Prayer Against Oppression for Those who have Consecrated Their Exterior Goods, that’s what that one is, it’s just a slightly modified version of that, but then the Consecration of One’s Exterior Goods. This is on page 44. This is based upon the Total Consecration of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, but we removed the spiritual benefits which you consecrate to Our Lady. We consider that should be done separately, and I recommend everybody to do that. Doing a total consecration to Our Lady is one of the primary ways to keep yourself protected, and so that’s one of the things I’d recommend. But this one takes the consecration, but then it narrows it down to exterior goods, and so there’s parts where you can, if you name the specific thing that the demons are attacking, we have found that this is even more efficacious than saying the Prayer Against Oppression. So it tends to take a lot of that out. So this is one of the principal prayers. You can also use that prayer to consecrate your children, your house, your things like that. You can consecrate all sorts of stuff, not just because you don’t want them to be under attack, which is also part of it, too, but if you have concerns, you can consecrate them. If they’re suffering, if they have some type of ill health, just consecrating them to that can be very, very beneficial.
Steve: Is that an annual thing or…
Father: Yeah, you can do it annually, especially if you should just kind of doing it generically, like for houses and things of that sort. If it’s for your children, you can do it once a week. The type of spiritual warfare that I have to deal with, I say it every single day because there’s a number of different things that I try and keep covered, but that’s more of a devotional thing on my side. It’s probably also a testimony to how weak my prayer is that I’ve got to keep saying it but anyway, the point being is, that I tend to say it every day. I’ll sometimes recommend it to say every day for a while in order to get kind of on top of the oppression. Sometimes people, it’s just a one-shot deal. So I had one gentleman who all his clients, none of them, were paying him, and it almost shut his business down. So I said, “well here’s, say this prayer”. He consecrated the payments of his clients to him and then he said within a week, they all settled up, and this had gone on for almost two months. So this kind of gives you an indicator that demons can kind of get involved in that type of thing. So it just depends on what your devotional life is in relationship to that or if you notice that it’s working but you got to kind of keep doing it, then just keep doing it. Sometimes it is, too, because it also gives me an opportunity to throw other things in there like consecrate – I’ll consecrate people who are being attacked or struggling and things of that sort. So the next section is prayers of devotion. These are just different forms of prayers that sometimes can gain and grant the person some spiritual protection but they’re not specifically designed for Spiritual Warfare. So I’ll very often recommend those just for people to do, and those are ones that are included, which we’ve just found as exorcists that come up from time to time in sessions where the demons are particularly sensitive to them. The next section is on prayers for healing. This is something which people need to work on. You can listen to my conferences or sermons on healing and wounds and healing for this. These are different prayers that we recommend for people that sometimes people will be under diabolic attack because they’re wounded, so the demons will pick on a particular area of their wound. Sometimes people are actually possessed in the area of their wounds, so once that they heal, then they’ll be liberated or sometimes you get the demon out of there and then they can heal. So sometimes people will find that they just can’t seem to psychologically or emotionally heal in relationship to certain things that have happened in their lives. We’ll recommend start saying this and see if you note the various prayers. Try the different ones. There’s a few of them. These are the more common ones used by exorcists for people, but people can use them for themselves because a lot of times it’ll help them heal. You know all of us are wounded to some degree and another. It’s all part of original sin, but it’s also part of actual sins either of our own or from what other people have done, and so it’s important for people to pray for their healing. The fourth part is the Auxilium Christianorum. This was started by two exorcists. The Auxilium Christianorum was a group that was started by two exorcists and they did it for two reasons. Actually, three. One is that they wanted the benefit of the prayers for people to pray for them for the people that they were trying to liberate. Two, they had noticed that in families, the family would raise their children in a very orderly fashion, very virtuous fashion, provide them what they need to know about the Catholic faith, make sure they’re getting the sacraments, and then just out of the blue, one of the kids will just go off the rails for no reason whatsoever. And so from time to time, we were noticing that that’s connected to diabolic interference in the people’s lives. Sometimes it’s just people making bad choices, too, but sometimes it is actually that the demons are involved in the person’s life, and so we started the Auxilium Christianorum to provide prayer. So everybody who’s saying the prayers, are praying for the members and their families, so just by starting to say these prayers every day, you’re plugging into, we think somewhere between 100 and 200 000 people are saying these prayers every day because it’s literally worldwide at this stage. So this is one of the, and we always put all the people that are possessed, all the people that we’re working with, we immediately put them on the Auxilium Christianorum. We have found numerous people that this has helped them to clear up habitual sin in their lives. It’s helped to clear up diabolic influence in their lives, oppression, all sorts of stuff, and so we really recommend that. One of the things that people will often question is it says in here that you should ask your pastor before you do this. A little bit of explanation. The reason we put that in there is because of the fact that people would start saying the prayers who are spiritually not in a position or a place where they should be praying these prayers, and so they would suffer a great deal of attack. So that in other words, they didn’t have their own spiritual lives in order, so they started saying this and they just kind of get beat around, so we tell them to stop praying. So this is so that the people that are saying it are psychologically sound, because if the pastor realizes this person’s not there all psychologically, he’s going to say no you shouldn’t. Or if you’re not in a position, they need to. The other reason we did this is -so it’s to provide the protection for the families, and then also to provide. So there was three reasons. So to help us for the people we’re praying for, provide protection for the families but then also to provide protection for the specific members so that everybody would have, oh that’s the third one. But then we also started it because we noticed that a lot of exorcists were getting involved with charismatic groups who were doing things that were actually causing more damage, and so we just said look we need to start a group where people can pray for those in spiritual warfare and pray for their own protection, and so we have found that it has been extraordinarily beneficial to them. And so there’s those different prayers. Usually people have no problem with those prayers until they get to the Litany of Humility and then they’re like, “oh no, not that”. If you want if you want to do a spiritual diagnostic on yourself, just say that thing. That’ll let you know where you’re at.
Steve: And you made that one easy because you got an app for that and it’s in eight or nine different languages.
Father: I think the app is in eight eight languages, I think. I’m open to correction there. Maybe they added the ninth. We’re up to 15 languages, but we’re probably not going to update the app for a little while, but when we do that, the app will be up to 15 languages. So but we already on the website, we have 15. One of the things we’re looking for is for people who are willing to translate the websites into those various languages but that’s a bit of a problem because people say oh yeah I’d be happy to do it, but they’re not competent, or you don’t know if you have to have someone else vetted to make sure it’s done properly. But the ones that we would really like to try and get up off the ground is Spanish, Portuguese and maybe there might be a couple of other ones, but the Spanish and the Portuguese ones because the Auxilium Christianorum has really taken off in the Portuguese speaking nations and obviously it’s taking off quite a bit in the Spanish community. So we’re kind of hoping that we’ll get those translated at a certain point. And then the last part of the book is on the appendices. So the first appendix is a List of Sins, Vices or Spirits. There’s some things in here that people will say, let’s just say this right now so it kind of clears up, people will say things like well it says in here martial arts. Are martial arts diabolic? Well, not in themselves. As an art, it’s okay. It’s only if you integrate the eastern mysticism or religious aspects or forms of meditation that becomes a problem, so that’s where you have to watch for that. Another one, some of these people will say, what is that? It’s things like marionette puppet. They’re not talking about playing with the marionette puppets. They’re talking about people have that sensation where they just feel like that. Another one is, there’s one in here that I actually had to look up. I didn’t even have any clue when I first read it and ran across it. It’s ray knee kay fee and shay knee kay lee. I mean just pronouncing that is a tongue twister. And this is the one that we’re really struggling under in our culture right now. These are the spirits that actually destroy proper lines of demarcation in gender. So they tend to destroy our God-given maleness or femaleness. It’s gender mutilation. It’s also the one that promotes transgenderism and such. It’s the breaking down of the proper gender roles, etc. But anyway, so this one has a number of different things, so if you see something that doesn’t seem like it’s necessarily a spirit, that’s true It’s just it can be a disorder which the demons can drive. They can sometimes be natural disorders, but they’re also disorders that demons can themselves drive. Then there is the longer examination of conscience. I put this in here because sometimes it’s helpful for people to have a good examination of conscience. A lot of times, I’ll tell people look if you’re struggling with things, especially with diabolic obsession, maybe what you should need, and it’s not scrupulosity, which I’ve got it recorded. It’s ready to go. I just have to upload it so at some point, I’ll give that to you, Steve. It’s on scrupulosity but the structure of it is the nature of, it is what you got to do to overcome it. So if you don’t suffer from scrupulosity, I’ll often recommend if you’re suffering from other forms of diabolic obsession, to make a general confession because sometimes that’ll root out the source of the problem. And this could be used very well for that. And then the last one is the Prayers to Break the Freemasonic Curse. Just a couple of observations about this…
First, general observations and then how to use it. The first is, is that a lot of people will say things like, “oh well Freemasonry. They’re just these really great guys. They’re like the Shriners who drive around in the little go-cars during the parades. These are great guys. They bring that great hospital…” No. Freemasonry is a thoroughly Luciferian structure from the bottom to the top, and it is, and I can tell you this because I’ve had to clean up so many people who’ve either been involved in Freemasonry or what have you. Every level of Freemasonry agrees to take–even though a lot of people say well I was a Freemason, I didn’t agree to this. Well actually, you did. You just weren’t paying attention to what you were agreeing to. You weren’t reading the fine lines in the contract, so to speak. But, basically, they agreed to take on a curse for each level that they go up and if they don’t fulfill those levels of the requirements of those levels or if they reveal things because it is a secret society, which is another name for a Cult. But it’s a secret society. And so, if you violate that, then this curse comes upon you. And people will see this. Sometimes people just start talking about the problems they’re having in their family, and I can usually parse it out, because there’s very distinctive patterns that you’ll see in in relationship to what they have.
That all being said, so it is actually, some people say well this was written by a Protestant, as I mentioned in the beginning of our interview. Yeah, that’s true, but it’s been thoroughly restructured. It’s been thoroughly rewritten, and so you don’t have to worry about any of that. And it does actually work. We’ve had numerous people that have suffered from the freemasonic curse because their father or grandfather, somebody was involved with it. They’ll start saying the prayers, and then usually what we tell them, this is part of the how to do, if you think you have Freemasonry in your lineage or you’re not certain of it, it’s better to be safe than sorry; just say the prayers. We normally recommend–there’s two different ways that you can do it. My assistant says you need to do it in front of a priest, and you need to do it three times, and he’s saying that in order to kind of cover the bases and make sure it’s done properly, which is necessary because a lot of people come to us for help can’t even do some of the basic prayers because they’ve never been taught. But then, this is what I’ll usually recommend is, I’ll just say go in front of the Blessed Sacrament and start saying this prayer, and if you get to a part where you just get blocked, and you can’t seem to get through it, just struggle through it. Get through what you can and do it. Then go back the next day, and do it again and keep doing it day after day until you get to where you get through the whole thing. A lot of times if the Freemasonic curse is there, the way that they’ll notice that it’s been broken is they can get through the whole prayer, and there’s not a problem or that they said the prayer and the external problems, because oppression is one of the principal ways that you see this occurring. Not everybody that has oppression has Freemasonic curse in their lineage but a lot of the people that do have it in their lineage will suffer from oppression. Those areas will start to clear up. Health issues. There’s certain health things like respiratory issues, things like that. They’ll say these prayers…all of a sudden these issues clear up. That’s why we put that in the book, and it’s also good to be able to refer that because, a lot of times, we get regular inquiries about how to break the Freemasonic curse, and so we just send them to there.
So, that’s kind of an overview of it. And I often tell people if you’re not certain, just try the prayers out. It’s like Amorth said, he said, “doing an exorcism over demons never hurt anybody.” Right. As long as you’re staying within your parameters, and you’re saying these prayers, you’ll be safe, but also sometimes you’ll find some prayers will work. Sometimes I’ll tell people, try this and they say, “well that didn’t really work” and then they’ll say, “but I did try this and that seemed to work really good”. And then I’ll say, “well then, keep doing it”. So I’ll recommend saying the various prayers. So the book, it’s had a fair amount of distribution. I think that it’s kind of getting out there. I know I make a lot of priests nervous by this. A lot of priests complain to me about it because there’s like, “oh you’re creating work for me”. No, what I’m doing is I’m bringing to the fore work that you need to be taking care of anyway. So there you are.
Steve: Just a little bit on the Latin part because I’ve had people come up to me and say, “do I need to pray it in Latin” and their pronunciation is terrible. Could you speak on the efficaciousness of Latin and is it, you mentioned it earlier in the 20 minute mark, that you don’t have to, but why is the mindset of that Just to help them be able to do it in English or whatever their native tongue is.
Father: Yeah, I think that it really boils down to two things. One is that there are two parts to your question. Latin is more efficacious, yeah. I know I’ve heard even exorcists say “but it doesn’t make any difference what language..”. Well, that’s not my experience in the slightest. As an experienced exorcist, I can tell you that it’s true, that once in a while you get demons who don’t really react much to the English as opposed to Latin, but a lot of demons really detest the Latin because it’s a sacred language.
Now, languages…there are three sacred languages and they’re sacred not because they’re in scripture, by the way, even though that can be one of the reasons, but that’s not the primary reason. The fathers of the Church are very clear that a language is sacred because it is affixed to the instrument of our salvation, the cross. So that’s Latin, Greek and Hebrew. And so those languages, the demons find those languages abhorrent. They even find the ecclesiastical pronunciation of Latin abhorrent. You know when you hear people say, “oh, well you know ancient Latin is spoken this way because we’ve done this study, we know this is how it is spoken.” Look it, that was all devised by the Protestants; it’s speculation. People say, “well you can’t tell me that the current pronunciation of Latin in the Church is how it’s spoken” but I’m saying I agree with you. It probably was spoken a little bit differently, we know that. That’s not the issue. The issue is that is the language of the Church. This is how the Church generally speaks it, and the demons themselves considered even the pronunciation sacred; they hate it. Whenever you force a demon to say a prayer in Latin during a session, he always tries to do the Protestant pronunciation or the classical pronunciation and not the ecclesiastical, because it’s more painful for them to do the ecclesiastical, so I don’t tolerate that. I tell them, “no, you got to use the ecclesiastical pronunciation”. So, that tells you that there’s an efficacy to it because it’s sacred.
It also adds an accidental merit to the prayer in which we say. Now, that being said, if you don’t have a clue what you’re saying, then you’re probably better off doing it in English where you actually know what you’re saying, but you can memorize that. Memorize the shorter prayers and things like that, and generally, if you start using it for a while, you’ll actually know what they mean. The only time I tell somebody that you should still do it in Latin regardless of your pronunciation, how bad it is, whether you know it or not, are actually priests who are actually doing exorcism. I’d say, “no, you should keep doing it in Latin”. One exorcist had this demon that said, “you know I can’t even understand your Latin, you’re pronouncing it so bad” and he said, “that’s okay. God understands what I’m saying.” Right, and another one, actually, the demon was complaining, it was about his pronunciation, and he said, “it doesn’t matter how bad I’m pronouncing it. You know what I’m saying.” So, the point being is that people can actually learn.
You can go on the internet. There’s places on the internet that actually can give you a short teaching on how to actually or short training on how to actually pronounce Latin. And so, you can do with a little bit of work. You can go on online and actually learn how to pronounce it. I have a whole conference on–or, not a conference, but it’s a sermon on Why Prayers in Latin, why you should learn to do them in Latin. But so, that being said, generally speaking, it’ll have more efficacy, but until you can do the pronunciation and have a bit of a sense of what you’re saying, I’d say do it in English but then once you can, make that transition.
Steve: Is that, just off topic, does that work for Sacramentals, as well–that same mindset. If they don’t know it, the Latin part, for a blessing to say holy water, they do it in English.
Father: Yeah it does, but I don’t think that the difference is–well, let me put it to you this way: if you’re using it in relationship to Spiritual Warfare, certain demons are going to react more to it when it’s done in Latin than if it’s done in English. I know a lot of priests who say, “well there’s no difference and I’m still intending to do this”. There’s a certain sense in which it’s true that what they’re intending and what they’re saying, is still going to come about, but there is an accidental decorum that’s added. So when the demon looks at that Sacramental, he sees the prayer that was said over it. As soon as he sees it, he knows everything about that Sacramental. So he knows this one was done in Latin by this priest. And so, that’s one of the reasons why they find certain things really annoying, and so it does actually add to the efficacy in relationship to that. It also adds a certain accidental efficacy. Again, not that much of one, but it does add an accidental efficacy in relationship to our petition to Our Lord for the same reasons that I talked about in relationship to the Liturgy. You know, there are certain, what I call the pump, but the things that surround the Liturgy actually increase the merit in the eyes of God, and so people can read my article on that. It’s just called The Merit of a Mass, but they can read my article on that if they want to see that particular. That same argument, I think, does apply to Sacramentals.
Steve: Father I appreciate your time. Anything else you want to add?
Father: I think that’s it. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to answer the questions because there’s a lot of people who’ve had questions about how to use this, and so this will give us something to point them in the direction to where they can go get the information they need.
Steve: I appreciate you, and of course, can you give a final blessing before you go?
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