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Spiritual Warfare Forum: What are we seeing?

by Catherine Frakas 22 Sep 2002

What are we seeing? QUESTION from Jeannine September 1, 2001 Thank you, Brother for this awesome site. I have been searching for someone to talk to about things my husband and I have experienced in the last few months.
We have been married for 11 months, and share strong Catholic faith. We pray together, go to Adoration when possible, and attend Mass regularly (my husband goes sometimes daily.) We are 29 and 30, as a point of reference. In our present home in the bedroom, I set up a nightstand as a prayer table: a crucifix hangs above it, and on it are holy water, blessed oil, a statue of the Blessed Mother, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Francis, my rosary, and a few chaplets to saints and St. Michael. On several occasions (5 or 6) I, and sometimes my husband, have caught the dog staring at the bed, as if someone were sitting on it across from the prayer table. Because of his posture and eye contact, and with there being no noises or anything else to look at, it made me uncomfortable; my husband has blessed our bed, bedroom, and I've blessed the dog with holy water.
A few months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night, and looking at my husband, I did not see his head, but a different figure. It was very dark brown with a chiseled face, but I don't recall any distinctive features. My first feeling was of confusion. I blinked and opened my eyes wide, closed them again, and reminded myself that God is stronger than all other things. When I opened my eyes the image faded into the profile of my husband's head. He was sleeping on the side of the bed the dog stares at. I never told anyone about it, not even my husband, thinking that maybe I was dreaming or something.
Two weeks ago my husband and I switched sides of the bed due to the window fan. He woke me up in the middle of the night, wanted to switch sides, and blessed us with holy water. I was too tired to ask questions, and a week later he told me it was because when he woke up in the middle of the night, he looked at me and saw a gray, old-looking figure where my head was. It bothered him, that's why he got up to bless us.
I talked about this with him, my mother, who suggested I read Hostage of the Devil by Malachai Martin, and my counselor/spiritual director. The latter is Catholic and suggested that what we have experienced could be spiritual warfare, and she suggested I call another woman who has experience with dealing with warfare and spirits that have not left the world yet. But this woman referred to me wears a crystal and I am afraid she is sort of New Age in some of her massage practices.
What do you think it is that we saw? Someone we're supposed to pray for, an evil apparition, or both? Why would something like that happen with a large rosary on one wall, my prayer table, and a crucifix above the bed? Neither of us are anything but practicing Catholics. What else should we do but continue praying together and attending Mass and Adoration?
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius, OLSM on August 31, 2001 Dear Mrs: Jeannine:
Thank you for the kind words about our Website. We hope that is it a Glory to God.
First of all, forget the book Hostage to the Devil. It is not written by a reliable author and it would do nothing to help you in your problem anyway.
Second, if your Spiritual Director referred you to a person who wanted to have you wear crystals, and your Spiritual Director knows about this kind of practice, then FIRE your Spiritual Director immediately. (But first be sure to tell your Director about what this woman is doing. Maybe your Spiritual Director does not know).
From what you describe, and assuming there are not any psychological issues with you or your husband, or some weird light and shadow phenomena that happens to affect that side of the bed, there very well may be a ghostly or demonic presence.
A lot more information is needed to really give an analysis, such as the age of the house and its history, previous owners of the house, whether your bed was purchased by you or is an antique or otherwise had a previous owner, etc.
In any event, the prayers found in the Spiritual Warfare Catalog here on our Website should be helpful to you.
If you pray those spiritual warfare prayers -- Household protection prayers -- and this phenomena still occurs, then get back to me.
We will be praying for you.
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