Why does a devil not obey an everyday Catholic Priest?
First I must and should say this, so there are no mistakes about my feelings for the priesthood. I say this Priests should always hold dear in their hearts, Christ does not give a little of Himself to priests but completely and utterly of Himself
This is a funny question you might think, but it is strange to me that priests with all their apostolic powers are not all exorcists and healers of all kinds of miseries and granters of every consolations. When administering a solemn baptism, they use two exorcism prayers, they do minor exorcisms in the Sacrament of Confession, they do the same with the Last Rites. Why then do they not exorcise as part of their sacrificial ministry. in their daily lives. Look what Christ gave them in Matthew 10;1
"1 And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities." Also in the other Gospels we read confirmations of Matthew's words.
I ask again why then do not Priests in the Apostolic Church with just a passing glance or even the Sign of the Cross condemn evil send it back without a fuss to the place it came from. It should be for all priests the same as Peter's shadow curing the sick. It should be even more if a priest as they did in the Byzantine Church leave the Altar at the mini Consecration and walk down the aisle and as the laity touched their vestments, they were healed. Why no more faith or trust in God's actions by the priests? That is the real question. Do you think any priest or Roman Curia who reads this, will immediately authorize the, let us call it the shadow of Peter, in the course of the mass. How much more appropriate than the personal and private revelation of holding hands for unity. and other nouveau trashy actions during the sacrifice. What kind of unity is that? A need for the egotistical use of some private revelation that surfaces in the minds of an unconverted, uncatechized, disobedient laity.
I have, I confess never understood why JP2 ,when the possessed woman threw herself upon him during a public audition in St Peter's Square just did not throw out the wicked one and send it to the woeful abyss. It should have been just a daily act of His Priesthood. There were priests that did, Cure D'ars, St John Vianney, comes to mind. The Pope is the Priest of Priests in this world, why did he not? He was such a magnificent example to priests in so many other ways. What is so wrong with the Priesthood today that in some way it does not serve and protect, almost cannot protect us in a strange way from wickedness and filth itself? Do they not have faith in their office, in Christ, in what they are? Are they in some kind of spiritual unbalance and need to fast, abstain and work their way with much crying, sobbing and penitence to accept their Way of the Cross to greatness of the Life of Christ within them?
It seems to me we are or have arrived back at the time of the 11th. and 12th. centuries. The time of John van Ruysbrook, Symeon the New Theologian, St Francis of Assisi, St Dominic.
The first two castigated the Bishops or as Blessed John wrote in His Spiritual Espousals,
"For the leaders of the Church have turned completely to worldly concerns and do not have thoroughly at heart the matters and concerns which have been placed in their hands. For this reason they pray with their lips, but their heart does not savor the meaning of their prayers...As a result they are coarse and dull and are not enlightened with Divine Truth. Sometimes they seek to eat and drink well and to enjoy bodily comforts without moderation----- and would to God that they were chaste of body. As long as they live in this way they will never attain enlightenment. (book2 part 2/3 section B)
St Francis of Assisi the great example, who by revelation to one of his followers and then later to one of his benefactors, was the second warning. His warning is to me is his example of practicing our religion and love of God. Can we see that, I mean a true virtue of religion in many of today's priesthood? I want to so much. So many brave young men who have had the virtue of fortitude slowly sucked out of them by a vowed obedience to so many bad bishops I ask the question again with a different context why would the devil need to, that is have to listen to those who are not truly committed to their pastoral duties which they have vowed to lead.
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