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Exorcism outs the Devil

Interview With an Exorcist DVDOne of the greatest “gifts” God gave to the Church was the power of exorcism.  What most people think about when you say exorcism is actually a “major exorcism” where the Church determines a demon has possessed someone’s body (but not taking their free will) and a priest (approved by the bishop) does the rite of exorcism (usually done in 5 minutes, but may take several months).  I didn’t explore my ignorance about exorcism (because I thought it may invite bad stuff) until I saw a DVD available called “Interview with an Exorcist”

Here’s a few facts that clarified my misconceptions.   Although a demon may possess a body, it does not control a person’s free will.  All priest are taught the rite, but the bishop must approve doing one.  A priest prepares more for the the sacrament of reconciliation than the rite of exorcism.  Priests have been known to successfully perform exorcisms in the state of mortal sin (it’s not a battle between the priest & a demon, it’s between GOD & the demon).  Any prayer denouncing the power of Satan is a prayer of exorcism.  Although a majority of possessions includes some occult practices, even a Christian believer can be possessed (although less likely).

I think I was more afraid of exorcism due to my own ignorance than I am today.  I would recommend more knowledge & understanding to those who may empathize.  A new book supplements the DVD just came out.  More Catholic resources on exorcism are HERE.  The movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose is also pretty good.

I saw an episode of Showtime’s Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t about exorcism (season 5#5).  They had some ridiculous (non-Catholic) “exorcists” that made the whole rite into a joke, concluding there is no such thing as demonic possession.  They just affirm Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey), “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” 

This is WHY exorcism is a “gift.”  In an exorcism, Satan is manifested (revealing his existence) and the supreme power of God over evil glorifies our Lord.  — but I don’t want to be the person in the middle (possessee).       

Solar System distances

Solar SystemAs I study into time travel, I need a better concept of distance, at least in our Solar System.  I found a good illustration in chapter 2 of “30 Days to Understanding the Bible” by Max E. Anders (protestant resource).  He starts his model in the middle of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  Here it goes:

(Sun) a beach ball – 2 feet in diameter — at the center
(Mercury) a mustard seed — walk a city block away
(Venus) a BB — walk another city block away
(Earth) a pea — walk another city block away
(Mars) a mustard seed — walk another city block
(asteroid belt) sprinkle some grass around
(Jupiter) an orange — walk a quarter of a mile away
(Saturn) a golf ball — walk another third of a mile
(Uranus) a marble — walk a mile away
(Neptune) a cherry — walk a mile away
(Pluto) a marble — walk another 2 miles away

This model is about 10 miles in diameter from Sun to Pluto.  Now, to better understand distance even better, let’s place Alpha Centauri (the next nearest star to our sun) with another beach ball 6,720 miles away from the “Sun” in Japan.
This is not only helpful with concepts of science.  Understanding the size, location and distances give us perspective into geography.  This is also an important concept when studying Scripture.  It is helpful to know names, locations and distances between important geographical locations, otherwise comprehension gets lost or ignored, leaving our faith to appear unrelevent and archaic.  We should embrace the sciences to glorify God.  — plus it’s kinda cool!