by Fr Richard Heilman | September 9, 2021 8:15 PM
“For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you” (Luke 6:38).
Let that sink in.
By the grace of God, I have become friends with a bunch of exorcists. My favorite thing is sitting around chatting with my exorcist friends while I pick their brain and listen intently to every word from their mouths. I’ve observed a phenomenon. Exorcists are granted by us some of the highest credibility of anyone in the faith world. I believe this is because we all know they must have the highest level of belief in supernatural realities.
One of the most fascinating teachings we receive from exorcists is the whole idea of “portals.” Turns out, we have a choice. We can open up portals to demons and torment, or we can open up portals to the river of grace and blessing. In other words, “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you” (Luke 6:38).
In general terms, our sins invite demons to move into our lives and our homes, while our acts of selfless charity open us up to blessing in our lives and in our homes. Why? Because Abba is a perfect Dad. Good dads will lead their children to strive to be the best version of themselves they can be. Their primary teaching tool is the use of “consequences” – good or bad – to our life choices. It is no different with Abba.
The whole story of the Prodigal Son is meant to illustrate this. Out, away from home, indulging all of his sinful lusts, the Prodigal Son finds himself in the middle of an economic depression and, ultimately, in the mud with pigs where he couldn’t even feed from the “pig leftovers.” He opened a portal to the tormenting demons, and all the “negative stuff” came pouring in. It is then that he “comes to his senses” and realizes “being home” with his father, following the house rules, is the “place of peace and blessing.”
At some point, we all must come to our senses and realize that Abba wants peace and blessing to flow in our lives. But, that will not come to those who choose to be that proverbial “spoiled brat” who believes we are just “entitled” to blessing, while we continue to opening up portals to demons.
What are some of the more common “portals to demons” these days, even among religious folks? Here’s what I see as today’s top five …
How do we close off the portals to demons and open up the portal to the river of grace in our lives? Exorcists are unanimous in their teaching that there is no more powerful exorcism than the Sacrament of Confession. We must be aware, though, that our Confessions must contain our “contrition.” In other words, we must confess while believing we are actually “done” with that sin(s). It is questionable whether the Sacrament has its proper effect if we are confessing while submitting to the belief that the sin still “owns us” … that we will likely commit it again. No, we simply must have the great RESOLVE to be DONE. Then, the demon portals will close and the river of grace will flow back into our lives.
Then He will restore our soul and lead us to the restful waters of His Divine Presence and His loving protection. Don’t we all want that peace which passes all understanding?
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