#152: Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms—Adam Blai (Free Version)

#152: Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms—Adam Blai (Free Version)

Perhaps because of movies like The Exorcist and TV shows like Ghost Hunters, one wonders if more people believe in demons than in angels. Demonologist Adam Blai has devoted his life to training exorcist priests and lecturing on the different levels of demonic activity: temptation, oppression, infestation, and (the much rarer) possession. His sometimes harrowing experiences are found in his book, Hauntings, Possessions, and Exorcisms, which is part autobiography and part field manual.

The devil and his angels are real, but they are on a strong leash held by Jesus Christ. We need the grace of Christ to ask for more virtue, and greater faith, so we can live daily in victory over our common enemy.

In this episode you will learn

  • The distinction between the appearance of a ghost, a spirit, and a hallucination
  • How Blai got into this important but difficult work
  • The criteria used by the Church to rule in, or rule out, the influence of the demonic
  • Why mental illness can co-exist with demonic activity in a person
  • Why the Catholic Church exercises very healthy skepticism when examining a claim of possession
  • Things and activities people must avoid unless they want to be vulnerable to diabolical influence
  • Why regular prayer and living a sacramental life are the best antidote to the work of the devil

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  1. Looked up Bronxwood on fab.Lexile.com as you suggested and here’s what I found, “The Lexile “Power V™” Word Selector identifies up to 10 challenging words in each book that are important for students to know.” – “cal, fucked, jasmine, mainstreamed, sixteens, disrespected, kinda, alright, dudes, sexier”…Oh and within first sentance of the book is the word “shit” If it’s in the first sentence I wonder how many more profanities there are. I love what Deborah brought up about how the vocab words should match the maturity of the books subject matter. I think that’s an excellent point! If a teen doesn’t know “disrespected, kinda, alright”…but the book has people having sex and Deborah mentioned a 40 year old man waiting to take a teen girl somewhere until she was “age of consent”, 16?! This is adult material (and not healthy material in my opinion unless story is redemptive in nature) and were allowing 14/15 year olds to read? Her example came from another book I think when she said, “Bud and calendar were some of the vocab words for the a book dealing with homoexuality…so the word calendar eludes you but you are supposed to be mature enough to deal with the topic of homsexuality?!” So grateful I can homeschool but also makes me feel I need to pre-read everything Regarding books like Boxcar Children…I had NO idea this one had been edited from original!…is that without a warning like in the front of Boxcar children reprints, does it say edited, abridged, or anything?

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