Spiritual Warfare Forum: Should we stay away?

Should we stay away? QUESTION from R. Marie Trevino February 13, 2001 Brother J.P. Thank you for your web site. I believe that the Holy Spirit led me to your web site when I needed it the most. Because of your web site, I found the beautiful promise of God in Hosea Chapter 2, which my friends and I call the hedge prayer. We have said this prayers numerous times in times of great need. God does keep his promises. I am still in awe, because never before had I gone to Scripture for prayer, honestly, even though I went to Catholic Schools all the way through College. Scripturally based prayer is SO BEAUTIFUL. Thank you very much for doing God's work. I have a very very strong Catholic foundation through my upbringing, education, but most of all my recent searching. There is still so much to learn. I am 100% loyal to the Holy Father and my Catholic faith is unshakeable.
What is so new to me is the area of Spiritual Warfare. If someone would have said to me a couple of years ago spiritual warfare, I would have asked What in the world are you talking about? What is that?. Seriously. If I would have known years ago what I know now, so many things would have been so clear and I would have taken a different action or made a different decision. Let's just say that I didn't know that what I was fighting against (and still am fighting against) was not made of flesh and blood. But with the grace of God and prayers, I have faith that God will restore what was taken away through the enemy. Please pray for us Brother J.P., my marriage and my family rests on God's promise!
Now for my questions or should I say questions? As I mentioned before, spiritual warfare is still so new to me. However, the little I have learned so far has helped me see when I am in a spiritual battle. Question:
My friend and I (we are as close as sisters especially because of our faith) recently learned that another friend was involved in a sexual relationship with a priest (God bless him and may he have our prayers). What is disturbing is that he is from Africa and practiced voodoo. We do not have the details, and to be honest with you, I would rather not know. To sum it up. He was transferred to another city in an other state, and our friend has not seen him since 5 years ago. However, it seems like he is still in town, because he keeps in contact with our friend and she is very much influenced by him. We have urged her to go to confession (she had not gone in five years) and we encouraged her to do what she needed to do to have her marriage blessed by the Catholic church. She is in her second marriage of 11 years and just a few months was able to receive an anullment of the first marriage. For some reason, maybe obvious, it took her 5 years to get her anullment. We have prayed for her and thought she was on track. However, about a month after her marriage in the church, she was upset with her husband, and called the priest. She did not tell us, however, just by talking to her on the phone, my friend and I were suddenly hit with anxiety. I spoke to her on the phone in the morning and the rest of my day was awful. My friend spoke to her on the phone in the afternoon and the rest of her day was awful.
Is it possible to pick up when someone is in trouble or dealing with someone heaviliy involved in voodoo. Later on, she admitted that she had contacted the priest, and could tell that we knew somehow. We didn't know exactly, we just knew something was wrong and we guessed that there had been some contact. My friend and I are worried and wonder if we should stay away from her. Many things have happened to us physically when ever we have been in contact with her. It can range from physical aches and pains, infections, or arguments within the family. And it is always something out of the ordinary or unusual. I don't believe we are paranoid.
Should we stay away or limit our contact with her. I believe that Jesus would not want us to stay away, however, is it possible that we are not prepared enough to help her? We don't know how deeply she became involved in the voodoo or if the priest still has some hold on her. She has confided in us that he told her that she would never be able to escape him and that he is having relations with another woman in her name. So in other words, the woman is standing in for her. My friend and I have agreed that after we receive some advice from you, we wish to know longer talk about this. At this point, we just do not know what to do. Thank you.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on May 14, 2001 Dear Mrs.Trevino:
We would be honored to pray for your intentions. And thanks for your kind words of our ministry.
I am sorry that I was not able to answer your question earlier.
The situation of fornicating with a priest is one of GRAVE evil and the responsibility for that is the priest's. Such a situation is bound to produce some demonic element. Then if this priest is into voodoo, which is a scandal to the faith, the likelihood of negative spiritual situations is GREAT.
You correctly discern that you are not in position or prepared to deal with this. These sorts of situations are not to be tampered with lightly. At the same time, it is difficult to abandon a friend.
But the Bible itself tells us that we need to not associate with those living in opposition to God.
You can try to counsel her to stay away from this priest and to return to the Church for the sake of her soul and spirit. She needs to go to confesssion to confess her sin, go to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and live a good Catholic life WITHOUT contact with this priest.
Because of the occultic background of the priest it is likely that a demonic transferance may have taken place. It can also be possible for those around this women, especially those who try to help her, may experience harassment.
I would advise that you and this women pray regularly some of the prayers contained in our Spiritual Warfare Prayer Catalog linked at the top of the Index Page.
The hedge prayers are invaluable, plus prayers to take back the ground that Satan has taken, and prayers for a friend that you can pray for her.
This are the first steps. If your personal situation does not improve you may want to get back to me privately.
God Bless.
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