Christo shared with the group, ”In today’s technological age we may think everything can be explained from a material perspective, but there are definite spiritual things happening that cannot be explained. I know of a family where a young boy was clearly the victim of a kind of spiritual oppression. It caused great distress to the whole family as they went through a process of dealing with it.
They brought the boy to Jesus and when the spirit saw him immediately it convulsed the boy and he fell on the ground and milled about, foaming at the mouth. The father said, “If you can do anything have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said, “all things are possible to him who believes.“ The disciples asked why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:14-29.
Pope Francis: We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable. The devil does not need to possess us. He poisons us with the venom of hatred, desolation, envy and vice. When we let down our guard, he takes advantage of it to destroy our lives, our families and our communities. “Like a roaring lion, he prowls around, looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). Gaudete et Exultate 161
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