January 12.  The issue of satanism, exorcism and dealing with possession, or bondage of some kind remains a difficult one.  We accept that the devil does exist and constantly undermines the work of God, tempts us and seeks to destroy anything good and holy.  Satanism as devil-worship exists too as a separate issue.  Strong powers and gifts from God are required to deal with these matters and the Church appoints suitable people to do so.  Jesus himself dealt with “unclean spirits” with his own power. 

Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit saying, “Be silent, and come out of him:  and the unclean spirit came out of him.  And they were all amazed so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching!  With authority he commands even the unclean spirits.” Mark 1:21-28.  

Pope Francis:   The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil.  Injustice is not invincible.  LS74. Reflect and share.