This past weekend, “SatanCon”—the first-ever satanic convention—was held at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. In response, about 300 Catholics gathered in front of the hotel to publicly pray. The number made me think of the 300 men from the Book of Judges (7:5-7) who defeated 15,000 Midianites. The fact that we were 300 Catholics was not a coincidence; it was a God incidence.
We saturated the atmosphere with “the sweet aroma of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15) for three days straight. Our group intentionally united our prayers from noon to 3 p.m. (the hours Our Lord was redeeming the world on Calvary). Two Catholic priests joined us in offering prayers of supplication and petition. We prayed all the mysteries of the holy Rosary; the Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel; the Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus; the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; and beautiful litanies to Our Lady, St. Joseph, the blood of Jesus, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Between prayers, we sang Latin hymns.
Hundreds of people attended the satanic convention, including satanists, witches, atheists, and secular humanists. I felt like St. Paul walking into Ephesus (Acts 19:29): “the city was filled with much confusion.” I also could identify with St. Paul as he walked into Athens: “while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols” (Acts 17:16).
Many of the Catholic faithful who joined us expressed that this was an incredible spiritual experience, like an intense retreat. I spent two separate occasions talking to and evangelizing two different satanists, and I also shared the faith with two ecumenically-minded Protestant pastors who were asking me questions about Catholicism. I also spoke to four atheists about what Catholics believe. Lastly, I shared the faith with four Scottsdale policemen who were, by their own admission, lukewarm Catholics.
As I was driving home on Sunday, the last day of the prayer rally, I received a call from a friend of mine, Kyle Clement, the case manager and facilitator for the exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger. He told me that Fr. Ripperger had offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the protection of the Catholics in Scottsdale who were at the prayer rally and in reparation for the evil occurring at the satanic conference. That was a great consolation to my wife and me.
I firmly believe the reason our rally was so successful is because there were thousands and thousands of lay Catholics, priests, and nuns from all over the country—including 21 cloistered orders—praying for us. In our own diocese, our bishop recommended that Catholics pray inside every Catholic Church for the protection of Scottsdale—prayers of reparation and prayers for the conversion of the satanists. The prayer rally was life changing for all those who participated. It was a moving and powerful experience and a weekend of incredible grace that they will never forget.
Members of the Scottsdale Police Department conveyed to me that when the satanists were leaving the hotel on Sunday they appeared to be arguing with each other, having heated debates with each other as they entered their cars and left the hotel. The police told me the satanists were not happy, they were not smiling. They were frowning and visibly upset and distressed.
I believe with complete certainty that this was the result of our prayers. Catholic prayers projected into the cosmos will disrupt, block, and impede satanic curses, hexes, and incantations. I have no doubt that at their conference curses and hexes were undermined and impaired by the power of Catholic prayer. They felt a small demonstration of the power of God, who loves them and sent His only Son to die for them.
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Already heard about this on Taylor Marshall’s website. God bless Jesse and all those who took part in this, which were most faithful Catholics in some way, whether by signing petitions against the santanic conference, prayers and penances done, or actually being there.
Taylor Marshall has gone off the deep end. He thinks Francis isn’t the pope and he is encouraging resistance. That’s schismatic. Stay away from him.
He is just stating the facts and is trying to decipher the truth. He and Jesse Romero are friends, and that is good enough for me. Could it be that you dislike him because he encouraged Alexander T. to throw the Pachamama idols into the Tiber? Too bad they did not get rid of that billboard in the church in Rome with the picture of the naked woman nursing a baby and some sort of animal. It was an insult to every decent woman on the planet.
Against my own advice, I looked at his Youtube page where he is now accusing Pope Francis of heresy. Somebody who has been Catholic 13 years is calling the POPE a heretic.
When I look at the reason, he is presenting a quote from Pope Pius X which contradicts the Catechism of Trent promulgated by Pope Pius V.
That is all laypeople can do: look up what the Vatican or the Pope or somebody else said. and try to decipher the truth. I just started on this so I have not even verified the quotes.
If you are going to follow lay people or even listen to them, you need to be willing to do the research.
I have to watch the video more thoroughly but it has brought up some interesting points such as the conflation of the Communion of Saints and the Church.
I do not think what the Pope said would be heresy but that would be something to study, also. “What constitutes heresy?”
Nobody’s gonna click on a title that says “The pope said something that I do not agree with and is different from a Catechism written a century ago.” They click on “The Pope’s a heretic.” I do not think it is true.
Is Jesse Romero another layperson that you follow?
Jesse Romero is a writer and a retired prolife Catholic police office, who has seen what the demonic Santa Muerta (Holy Death) drug cults have done to people coming across the Southern borders. He knows how the drug lords, pro abortionists, Communists, et al encourage people to come over here just to get votes, while the women are raped along the way. He has seen what occultism has done to far too many — demonic possession, injury and death. At least he cares and does something about it.
Jesse Romero has been taught how to help with exorcisms by Fr. Chad Ripperger and other Catholic exorcists. I suggest, especially if you are a man, you watch the online videos “Jesse Romero – Spiritual Warfare Parts 1 & 2.” You most likely are going to hear some things you might not want to hear but are true none the less.
You go to Taylor Marshall’s website? Well, that explains everything.
I would advise not to follow lay people.
The holy apostle declared (Ephesians 5:12) that our fight was not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil. This is the Church mobilized in response to this melancholy truth. Well done!
“But surely the reason we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things.” – C.S. Lewis
CS Lewis is right. There are no such things as witches…just poor wretched souls in the cold grip of Satan.
The demonstrators are just giving the conference and the “satanists” attention.
Better to ignore them. But some demonstrators have pride issues. Similar to Westboro Baptist Church demonstrators.
I think I wouldn’t have anything to do with people in either group.
The first thing that struck me was the pride.
Bishop Olmsted asked people to pray and fast and make sacrifices and not to publicly protest.
Pride and disobedience.
Your prayers made the atheists argue? Because “Catholic prayers projected into the cosmos will disrupt…”
Projected into the cosmos?
Are you kidding me?
Yeah…”prayers projected into the cosmos” was a pretty bad turn of phrase…but…..there’s a big difference between courageous witness and fervent prayer and public protest. This was clearly the former and not the latter.
Trads doing what they do
Think deeply about this. These protestors and demonstrators aren’t far from those who march with rainbow flags. Only the source of their pride is different. Pride is a deadly sin.
Don’t know if you’re just trolling or not (I think you are) but if Our Lord allows you to encounter Satan personally, I can tell you very seriously that you won’t consider these people prideful protesters afterward. Like me, you’ll find out….
i used to think that most of this was tricks until a relative by marriage brought a ouju boad to another relative’s house. I refused to use it when I found out it really moved without any strings attached. Later the woman claimed to had poltergeist in her house, she and her husband divorced, their son got out of control and eventually ended up in prison, and her life became a mess. She liked the occult. Others have told me about bad experiences they have had with ouji boards, also. Spirits working them or not, they are damaging psychologically.
I am surprised by the negative and frankly judgmental comments on people who fight the Prince of Darkness through prayer. Prayer is hard work, and harder still when it is directed against Satan. I would rather have expected those posting to be giving thanks for those who committed themselves over 3 days to such battle. Pride?!!? Deadly sin?!? These people?? I agree with asda (3:01p.m.) When you have experienced the cold terror of Satanic presence, you will be grateful for the work these people have done. Satan is a malevolent being whose sole purpose is to destroy souls. Thank you Lord for those who took time to oppose him with the only effective tools Divine Providence has given us.
Have you experienced Satan? Please tell what your experience was.
You can pray in secret in your room, which is what Jesus told his followers to do.
These demonstrators have gotten their reward already: attention and ego satisfaction.
@ “pray in secret”
Yes, I have personally experienced the wrath of Satan. You wouldn’t believe me if I gave you all the details so I won’t bother.
Taking scripture out of context and isolated from the rest of scripture to service a narrative is a thing that I can address, but I’m more interested why there us such earnest urgency to dissuade deliverance prayer literally in the face of the demonic. Why is that?
What’s out of context about “pray in secret”? Nobody’s dissuading anyone from praying. Just do it at home. If carrying big signs and praying the rosary on a street in public makes someone feel good, he’s gotten his reward already.
Jesus never performed exorcisms except when he was asked. Nobody asked these demonstrators to demonstrate. They are full of pride.
How is this different than praying for an end to abortion outside the abortion mill?
Or a public eucharistic procession?
I’ve done both. Several times.
In all charity you are wrong in this matter
The difference is that the local bishop discouraged a public demonstration outside the “satanic” convention in this specific instance. The demonstrators were disobedient and prideful.
The circumstances were real but I am hesitant to give the details. But yes, I do speak from experience.
Are you going to write about your conversion for Cal Catholic writing contest?
I remember you referred to in in one of your comments.
Many Catholic groups, as well as the Bishop of Phoenix, Bp. Olmsted, warned about this evil Satanic convention, and called for prayers. Bp. Olmsted had a list of things for Catholics to do, as Spiritual Warriors– which many complied with and fulfilled, all over the world. These things included prayer, Novenas, fasting, penance for reparation of sin, Mass, the Sacraments, Eucharistic Adoration, and more. The good Bishop did not want his Catholics to get into any troubling violent clashes publicly, with the Satanists, so he advised against any public demonstrations. But good Catholics did hold a large public demonstration, and did a fine job. We have a duty to Christ to confront Satan, and overthrow him and the forces of evil. There should be laws made, to make Satanism and all things pertaining to it, a crime. Satan is our number one enemy.
We have a duty to Christ to confront Satan, and overthrow him and the forces of evil.
You are not supposed to do that. You should not even talk to him. Call on Jesus, Mary and St. Michael. You need to resist him by faith and prayer and love but not confront him.
All Christians have the duty, through Jesus Christ, to seek to overthrow Satan. Satan is the Number One Enemy of God! Never, never wrongfully assume that a Christian seeks– by himself, without Our Lord– to overthrow Satan No one ever does that.
Where did you ever hear that? Not in the Bible. Not in Tradition. Not from the Magisterium.
“Never, never wrongfully assume that a Christian seeks– by himself, without Our Lord– to overthrow Satan No one ever does that.” That’s why these intrepid souls relied on prayer.,
“pray in secret” and “danger danger”
don’t even eat deviled eggs
or attend Arizona State
Sun Devil football games
Nor the Olympics named after the throne of the demonic god Jupiter. I never watch it; neither do Orthodox Jews.
Actually, Jupiter is the Roman name for the Greek god Zeus.
And never ever hike Mount Diablo
Trad claims about encounters with demons and fixation on lay deliverance prayers are all the rage now. Really became a phenomenon a few years ago. It’s just a new form of Gnosticism. They like to think they’re in some secret club, superior to “ordinary” Catholics, and notice they never share the details of their experiences with people. That’s Gnosticism. Yes, I agree with other commenters that it’s a manifestation of spiritual pride. They like that it makes a certain type of gullible person think highly of them for their supposed experiences, which could be lies. They fake humility about their “experiences” due to their spiritual pride. Priests who are prone to this occult Gnosticism are especially dangerous because they like to attempt to manipulate people and bolster their importance by telling them that they might be possessed or that demons lurk under every rock and in every shadow, as if these priests have some great insight into the demonic, and they develop a cult Trad following, which inflates their egos. If a priest tells you that yoga is evil, you know he’s one of that type and that he’s off his rocker.
Spiritual pride is a terrible evil.
Oh, pay no attention to me. I am just a tall green typing giraffe that likes to “pull your leg”. Just don’t do the type of yoga that calls up the snake that Fr. Mitch Pacwa warned us about.
Don’t worry Anne TE,
it’s all Greek to me!
Well then, Mea Culpa, better stay off of Mt. Athos, too, It is named after Athena.
Oops! Mt. Athos is named after the giant named Athos. Don’t go there, though, if you are a woman. They don’t allow women, and sneaking in is a no, no. Some monks might through a boulder at you, Athos aside.
YFC: that was a good one, you sly devil!
Kevin T: I gnow what you mean.
on this one, I’m with you 88.75%
If you attended this event, please get with your pastor and tell him that. Let him discern whether one has attached to you and do the appropriate prayers.
There are some cool videos about
the monastic life on the “Holy Mountain,”
I like the Russian Language ones.
I watched a tour online of Mt. Athos that a Greek Orthodox laymen was allowed to take there and film. He spoke fluent English and if I remember correctly, he was an American.
All silliness aside, I do not watch the Olympics for many reasons, but the main one is what the Chinese Communist Party is doing to the minority groups over there including Christians. They are harvesting body parts from prisoners while they are still alive. Some Chinese doctors and healthcare workers fled that country because of the horror of it all.
CCP – pure evil
Vatican sure engages in a lot of dialogue w/ CCP