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Attachment of spirits QUESTION from Michelle May 11, 1999 Can evil spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? If they can, what can a person do about it?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius on May 12, 1999 Dear Miss Michelle:
Yes, they can. We know that demons an infect animals from Scripture when the demons asked Jesus to send them to the heard of pigs.
In fact, from this instance we have a clue about the nature of demons. Demons seem to have a need to attach themselves to something.
The Church recognizes demonic attachments to things in that it has special prayers and blessings officially authorized to be said by a priest that blesses and even gives a simple exorcism to objects.
It is common, and I would recommend, that people ask a priest to bless one's home. You can also ask a preist to bless other objects as well. The Roman Ritual has a whole bunch of blessings for objects.
Blessing objects can also be done on your own -- not using the official prayers and blessings of the Church that are reserved to priests -- but using other prayers. These self-done prayers do not have the special grace of the ministerial priesthood attached and are not done in the name of the Church, of course, but as members of the royal priesthood, the laity can offer and God does listen to a prayer like the one below.
Take some Holy Water and sprinkle the object with it saying:
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and with the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, the Blessed Archangel St. Michael, and all the saints and angels of heaven, and powerful in the holy name of Jesus, I ask you Lord to bless this __________ for the purposes of which it was intended, and to cast away from it any evil or dark dark forces that may be attached to this __________ for whatever reasons, that this _______ may be used for Your Glory and for our good according to its proper purposes. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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