Not too long ago, Father Chad Ripperger made a comment in one of his lectures in a conference on generational demons.
He said, “We are watching ourselves being delivered up to evil.”
God is allowing evil to transcend the goodness left in the world for two reasons: one, for the purification of the Church, and two, as a direct result of sin. In other words, the coming severe trials are temporal punishment due to sin.
However, we are not to stand by and merely watch the Western World being delivered up to evil. We must do several things, all types of suffering, for ourselves, our families, our places of work, our dioceses, our countries.
What can we do to get rid of the demons besetting us? Father Ripperger gives us several steps.
One, fasting. Our Lord told the disciples that some demons cannot be overcome without prayer AND fasting. I hear too many people say they cannot fast. I have stage four cancer and a head tumour, yet, once a week I fast, with permission of my herbalist. Yes, we can all fast. If one gets a headache, that is a good sign that the fasting is causing an effect in the body. Fasting adds power to prayer.
Two, mortification. When I got cancer, my herbalist put me on a vegan, but for wild caught fish, diet. No sugar, no alcohol, no meat, no caffeine, no dairy. After a few months I began to rebel inside and complain to God about this strict rabbit-food diet. I heard God the Father clearly, “You did not choose a mortification hard enough for mortification, for your many sins, so I have chosen one for you.” Then I felt immensely grateful at being given a penance so that my purgatory would be shortened. I was given the cancer, the head tumour, and the diet to make me holy. Praise be to God. All of us should be doing mortification, for ourselves, the sins of our family, our dioceses, the nations. Mortification is discipline over the senses, over the flesh, which makes us weak. Mortification is like reparation for sin, but not so much paying back for sin, but training the body to avoid sin. Repeated sins make the body and mind weak. And, fighting demons, as Father Ripperger states, is mostly a battle of the mind. One must learn custody of the mind to overcome old and new sins. Mortification disciplines the lower faculties. My diet and illnesses help me die to my self. I cannot go out to eat with friends, I cannot eat at someone else house, I cannot eat what I want to eat (I miss Panera’s five cheese macaroni). Therefore, I am learning to deny myself and also subdue my desires. Mortification strengthens the soul. Mortification must be bodily punishment, which leads to freeing up the soul for a life of virtue. We have been so influenced by Protestantism, that we Catholics have lost the love of mortification and reparation.
Here are the words of a modern saint on reparation and mortification. St, John XXII wrote in one of his encyclicals, Paenitentiam Agere, that:
But the faithful must also be encouraged to do outward acts of penance, both to keep their bodies under the strict control of reason and faith, and to make amends for their own and other people’s sins… St. Augustine issued the same insistent warning: “It is not enough for a man to change his ways for the better and to give up the practice of evil, unless by painful penance, sorrowing humility, the sacrifice of a contrite heart and the giving of alms he makes amends to God for all that he has done wrong.” …But besides bearing in a Christian spirit the inescapable annoyances and sufferings of this life, the faithful ought also take the initiative in doing voluntary acts of penance and offering them to God…. Since, therefore, Christ has suffered in the flesh,” it is only fitting that we be “armed with the same intent.” It is right, too, to seek example and inspiration from the great saints of the Church. Pure as they were, they inflicted such mortifications upon themselves as to leave us almost aghast with admiration. And as we contemplate their saintly heroism, shall not we be moved by God’s grace toimpose on ourselves some voluntary sufferings and deprivations, we whose consciences are perhaps weighed down by so heavy a burden of guilt?
Three is reparation. Reparation is a little bit different from mortification. Reparation is a direct paying back for sins committed. Now, not all sins can be “repaired.” Some sins, such are abortion, murder, adultery, fraud and so on may be SO big that an individual cannot pay back in reparation for such sins. Then we must rely totally on Christ’s reparation for sins on the Cross.
Recall that at Fatima, the Angel of Portugal told the three children that they were to do reparation for the sins of their people. We must do this. We must try and make reparation for our nations, our priests, the sinners in our families, and ourselves. If we do not, God will punish the world even more fiercely. The voices of millions of dead children is enough to cause the just anger of God. We simply do not understand God as Just. We do not understand how Pure and Innocent, how Transcendent He is. We do not understand how one small venial sin offends Him. We have been living in the Time of Mercy, but this time is almost over, and we shall enter into the Time of Reparation.
The words of Our Lady of Akita haunt me. This repeated and approved apparition of the tears and blood on the hands of the statue in Akita, and the words warning us of the coming great trial, cannot be ignored.
“Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates.”
“In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger. I desire this also from your community…that it love poverty, that it sanctify itself and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and outrages of so many men.”
And again, later,
“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.”
Number four which we should pursue is praying the binding prayer against the generational demons found on page 19 or 20, depending on your book’s issue, against them. When we free ourselves and our children, we help clear the way for grace.
Five. Pray to the patron saint against the evils plaguing your families. As I noted before this saint, is the nemesis of the generational demon. For example, St. Dymphna would be the nemesis of the generational demon of depression.
Six, Go to Mass and at Communion beg Christ to free you and your family from these demons. Go to Adoration for that reason. If we are holy, and if our families are holy, following the call which God intended the family to follow, then the merit will help the situation you find yourselves in, as holiness combats evil.
Seven, pray for the opposite virtue. If, again, as an example, depression is the generational demon in your family, pray for love of God, love of neighbour and selflessness, doing acts of charity.
Eight, develop great devotion to Our Lady
After the horrible voice in Ireland, after my small parish prayed against that pro-abortion vote and after many parishes had all night or all day Adoration, I ask my parish priest why our prayers failed. I asked, “Was it because there is not enough merit in the Church to convert people? Are we not holy enough to cause efficacious prayer?”
His answer was simple, “There are not enough of us praying and doing penance against this evil.”
I return to Father Ripperger’s chilling comment, “We are watching ourselves being delivered up to evil.”
This coming tribulation will be a direct action of Justice against the horrible sins of the world. Remember, Sodom and Gomorrah had one big sin. Our nations have multiple hideous sins.
Do not just stand back and watch the evil overtake us. Pray,fast, enact mortifications, do reparation for sins, pray the binding prayer, pray to the patron against the demons, go to Mass, Adoration, Communion praying with that intent, pray for the opposite virtue, pray the rosary and the chaplet of Our Sorrowful Mother and so on.
We do not have much time to become saints.
JMJ, Pray for us!
God is good,