“He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:15-16
Site Creator’s Statement of Intent
Each dawn that we awaken to recite the morning prayer of Lauds, we eventually come to the Canticle of the Benedictus. This is the song of thanksgiving by Zechariah on the morning of his son’s circumcision, by Levitical law occurring eight days after a Jewish male’s birth. Zechariah’s son would grow up to be St. John the Baptist, the prophet and forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ. This canticle receives its name from the first word in the Latin phrase, “Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel” which is, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel.” Part of his song reads,
Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death;
to lead our feet in the path of peace.
It is in the spirit of such passages from Sacred Scripture that serve as motivation to create a website that deals with the subject of demons, demonic influence, and spiritual warfare … and the Church’s response in this crucial conflict. It is simply because those of us who live in this world, walk in both darkness and in the shadow of death. We need God’s light in order to be led along the path of peace. All of God’s faithful are called to be bearers of light, and to be salt upon the earth. Therefore, it is our hope that through this resource, people who are seeking answers, aid, and direction will receive no small measure of truth, faith, hope, love, and light that is offered in these pages through the Holy Spirit’s work and grace.
The times in which we find ourselves can accurately be described as a “reverse dark age” in which contemporary man smugly dismisses (disdains) anything supernatural or beyond the material senses, as well as anyone who believes “such utter nonsense.” Those of us who hold fast to the ancient Creed which states, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible…” are said to be utterly deluded, and to quote Richard Dawkins, might as well believe in “flying spaghetti monsters.” Sadly, the ancient doctrines of The Church – which are spelled out clearly in its Catechesis – are not only dismissed by atheists and secular progressives, but by many within the Church itself, including far too many priests and bishops.
Sadly, we clearly live in an age where deception and blindness are taking a terrible toll. The words of sacred scripture that warn of Satan as a destroyer, liar and deceiver go largely unheeded and ignored. In the face of such hatred, blindness and darkness, guidance and light are desperately needed. The God of all creation and the Lord of hosts provides everything we need for life and the struggles we undergo, if we but accept it and persevere. Clarity is a wonderful thing, and the light of God’s clarity reveals the path of peace that Zechariah sings of above. The good news? The darker it gets, the more the light stands out. Today, more than ever, et lux in tenebris lucet.
This site and its resources are not intended nor presumed to be any “end all or be all,” but rather it is our simple hope and prayer that it will provide some answers, direction and comfort to those suffering affliction or think that they might be. In these pages, you will not find abject credulity or a rush to believe that there is a demon under every rock. Due diligence is given to other etiology, including mental disorders, psychological issues, natural causes, physiological conditions, and pharmaceutical issues. Consideration is also given to the reality that in genuine cases of extraordinary demonic influence, a combination of factors are often involved.
May this website and its resources help you find the necessary light from our Savior in order to take a few steps forward … always and ever forward … along His path of peace. We do want to make it crystal clear that this site and its contents are not an official website of the Roman Catholic Church, but is instead a private website reflecting what we know and believe to be solidly Roman Catholic teachings and doctrinal positions on matters of demonology, angels, the devil, exorcism, and how the faithful (laity) as well as the Church as a whole ministers to those who are under attack or believe they may be. Any errors are ours and ours alone. If you, the reader, find anything that you feel is not an accurate representation of the Church’s position, by all means email us at the contact address located in the site bar at the top of the page, and let us know where you feel we are in error. Accountability and humility are positive things that we wish to leverage, and can only make this site a better resource for accurate and helpful information. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you and keep you as you peruse these pages, and “May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit, soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
November 4, 2016