It had been a protracted battle with most cancers. He knew he was dying and admitted it. What I didn’t know, nor did he inform me on the time, was that he was fighting deep emotions of concern and despair. He was a person of religion, however these darkish spirits had been very actual and really sturdy, they usually tormented him.
As we prayed over him, certainly one of our non secular sensitives sensed the presence of what she known as, “an Evil Spirit of Infirmity”. So, we explicitly prayed time and again that this demon could be forged out. When the session ended, there was a outstanding change within the man. The darkness round him lifted and he mentioned, for the primary time in a protracted whereas, he felt hopeful and at peace.
Because the months wore on, these evil spirits returned, though not as sturdy. Plainly Devil was persevering with to take advantage of his pure concern of demise, which was the opening for the Evil One to return, and tempting him to despair. He fought valiantly in opposition to this ultimate temptation. Someday later, he handed away in peace.
St. Catherine of Siena in her well-known work, The Dialogue, reported that the Lord mentioned to her, “This final sin [of despair] graver to Me than all the opposite sins.” Souls responsible of despair “decide [their] distress larger than My mercy.” Despairing of God’s mercy, “that is that sin which is neither pardoned right here nor there, as a result of the soul wouldn’t be pardoned, depreciating My mercy.” For instance, the Lord instructed St. Catherine, “The despair of Judas displeased Me extra, and was extra grave to my Son than was his betrayal of Him” (“A Treatise of Discretion,” Dialogues, p. 55 of 169).
All through our lives, however particularly on the hour of our demise, evil spirits of infirmity and despair are wont to afflict souls. The treatment is obvious: we belief in God’s mercy. No matter our sin, regardless of how grave, the Lord stands able to forgive and to welcome us into his Kingdom. We solely have to ask.
Picture: The Passing of the Soul at Demise by Evelyn De Morgan, Public area, through Wikimedia Commons.
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