Lately, I used to be questioned in regards to the efficacy of holy water in an exorcism. The notion was met with disbelief. Maybe it appeared like Catholic “superstition.” So let’s take a deeper look….
There is no such thing as a water in hell. Water is a vital supply of life. In hell, there may be solely demise. Maybe that is why demons are mentioned to dwell within the desert (Lv 16:10; Is 13:21; Is 34:14; Tb 8:3). It’s arid, barren, and lifeless. It will be a well-known abode to hell’s demons.
The New Testomony witnesses to the waterless nature of hell. A pitiless wealthy man died and was dedicated to the “netherworld the place he was in torment…. He cried out, ‘Ship Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and funky my tongue, for I’m struggling torment in these flames’” (Lk 16:23-24). He begged for a bit water however, in hell, might have none.
At the start of his ministry, Jesus went into the desert, not simply to be alone and pray, but in addition to confront and conquer Devil (Lk 4:1-13). Exorcizing Devil was, and stays, a vital a part of Jesus’ mission of ushering within the Kingdom.*
Likewise, the early monks within the 4th and fifth centuries went into the desert round Egypt, Palestine, and Syria to interact in non secular warfare and conquer the satan, simply as Jesus their mannequin had achieved. The desert is a spot of solitude; it is usually an intensive abode of the demons.
Water is a vital factor in baptism for the casting out of Devil’s affect and ushering in God’s sanctifying grace. Equally, holy water is used to forged out demons within the Ceremony of Exorcism. The brand new Ceremony of Exorcism appropriately displays the baptismal ceremony.
Water is abhorrent to demons on the pure degree. However when blessed by a priest, it turns into a supply of grace on the supernatural degree. The Church has the facility and authority, given by Christ, to grace such sacramentals. These embrace blessed crucifixes, blessed salt and oil, blessed non secular statues, and lots of extra.
One of many classes I discovered after doing years of exorcisms is how a lot the demons hate the Church and attempt to destroy it. And I typically expertise how highly effective the Church is due to the residing presence of Christ in it: “The gates of hell shall not prevail in opposition to it” (Mt 16:18).
Somewhat water blessed by a priest doesn’t appear to be a lot. However when it touches demons, they scream in agony. When it touches the devoted, they obtain God’s blessing.
*See Within the Title of Jesus: Exorcism amongst Early Christians by Graham H. Twelftree, Baker Educational, Grand Rapids, MI. 2007.
Picture: “Christ within the Wilderness” by Ivan Kramskoy, Russian, 1872.