Friday, June 21, 2013

Diary from the real life case behind The Exorcist

From a news story occasioned by the 40th anniversary of the release of The Exorcist, a news station in St. Louis has provided an electronic copy of the diary/case study kept by Father Raymond J. Bishop, S.J who was part of the real-life 1949 exorcism case that became the basis for The Exorcist.

Read the diary.

Now, realize that there is profound evil in the world that effects all of us. Rarely, it manifests in dramatic ways such as this case. Its ordinary manifestations are far more banal: doubt, temptation, etc. Yet those more ordinary manifestations flow from the same praeternatural hatred and are just as dangerous, if not more so.

Yet the Lord is stronger still.

Remember that today is Friday and we recall in a special way the sacrifice of the cross that, once and for all, broke the power of death and hell forever. Live in that sacrifice today...and every day.
“Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last,the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld." (Rev. 1:17-18)

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