The Secret Knowledge of Catholic Exorcists Compiled Into A New Book

A book review from uCatholic:

Saint Peter tells us: “The devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking to devour.” Our reality is that of an ancient and ongoing spiritual war, the Evil One always working towards his singular goal. Satan and his fallen angels seek our spiritual annihilation, tempting us to sin and trying to drag us down to the depths of Hell.

“For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

Despite the spiritual stakes at hand, the very real threat of the Devil rarely rankles us. While we may have an implicit understanding of our role in this battle we have all been drafted into as spiritual warriors, how many of us can say we understand the demonic in a practical way? For most, these realities remain in the realm of mystery. How can we ever hope to confront the Devil in our own life without the full knowledge of how he operates, his strengths and weaknesses, and without knowing of the wealth of spiritual weapons the Church has entrusted to us to employ against his wicked ways?

For Charles D. Fraune, author of Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know, these are the same questions that led him through a period of deep spiritual growth and specialized theological study to confront what the Devil had been up to in his life, and learn how the Devil truly operates.

In Slaying Dragons, Fraune compiled the vast wealth of information from famed exorcists like Father Chad Ripperger, drawing from talks, videos, conferences, articles, and books to hand down invaluable teachings about the true realities involved with spiritual warfare and the spiritual weapons given to us by Our Lord. Exorcists “see behind the veil,” and their counsel is infinitely invaluable: they deal directly with the diabolical, seeing the power of the Sacraments and sacramentals against the diabolical firsthand. They learn how demons hunt us, and how cracks in our spiritual armor let them into our lives.

After reading Slaying Dragons, you’ll never think about Holy Water or blessed salt the same way. You’ll never think about your temptations to sin or demons the same way, either. The book elegantly addresses your misconceptions, fears, and sinful curiosities, quelling your conscience on all things diabolical. Above all, you will learn there is no cause to fear demons. In fact, you will learn that through obedience to Christ, demons actually have cause to fear us.

In Slaying Dragons, Fraune breaks down how the Devil attacks us. Not through ostentatious displays of demonic ability, but slyly and surreptitiously. He distracts us from our spiritual concerns, tempting us with the smallest of moral compromises.

“It is difficult for him to barge right into our lives. He prefers, instead, to sneak in slowly and subtly. The devil’s technique is to get us to compromise morally so he can first get a toehold in our life, then a foothold, then a stronghold. At that final point, he can tear our lives apart.”

He also breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the Devil. Through their angelic nature, they have a vast intellect and exist out of time, able to observe us all and gain the knowledge needed for tailor-made temptation to encourage us to commit sin. Through their fallen nature, however, they are weak. They have a gross aversion to grace. Living a prayerful, humble life with obedience to Christ is enough to make demons shy away.

Furthermore, Fraune reveals insights into exorcisms only an exorcist would know. During an exorcism, demons can reveal unconfessed sins of anyone present, what a priest was doing the day prior, or even what is happening elsewhere in the world at the same time. The demon may mock the priest and spew blasphemies in an attempt to frustrate the exorcist from his duty, speak on behalf of the possessed in hopes of convincing them that an exorcism is no longer necessary or futile, and even attack the mind of the exorcist with disordered thoughts and temptations.

He also delves into the best spiritual weapons to push back against the Devil and his cohort. Sacraments are the ultimate defense: Baptism, reception of the Eucharist, and devout Confession. The full power of the Sacraments comes in conjunction with sacramentals: the Rosary, holy water, blessed salt, candles, oil, and others that “can more deeply dispose us toward devoutly embracing the Sacraments like Confession.”

“A true and devout and perfectly contrite Confession not only obtains pardon for
our sins but can also shatter the power which the Evil One has gained over us through those sins. This will obtain for us true spiritual liberation and lasting peace.”

Are you ready to learn more from the Church’s spiritual masters on the front lines dealing with the demonic and the diabolical? Are you confident you’ll be ready to confront the Devil when he rears his ugly head in your life and tempts you with sin? Learn more about your enemy: his nature, motives, strengths & weaknesses, and how you can best defeat him. Grab your copy of Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know now! You can also visit the official website at www.TheSlayingDragonsBook.comfor more news, commentary, and publications on the topic of spiritual warfare.

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13 Responses to The Secret Knowledge of Catholic Exorcists Compiled Into A New Book

  1. I just mentioned moments ago about a persons blog I responded to about how if I have to I will turn into a fire breathing dragon, “I won’t be defeated by lies or nefarious weak devils, who want to destroy me, no, no, I will turn into a fire breathing dragon if I must to push back to the edge of the earth if need be!” I will need to look this over for sure! Thank you! God Bless You Always!
    Lawrence

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  2. Patrick OGara says:

    …The earth dosn’t have an edge, Lawrence. It is round, not flat.

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  3. The Raven says:

    Merry Christmas Patrick, I hope you and yours are well.

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  4. johnhenrycn says:

    Personally, Patrick, I’m not convinced the Earth is globular, but even if some prefer to think of it in that way, can we not agree that the metaphysical construct called *TRUTH* is merely a subjective human one, rather than something aligned with so-called objective reality? In support of this, my humble contention, I offer this glimpse of Life on Earth for rumination and delectation:

    Trans-man gives birth using sperm from Trans-woman. Gynaecologist also Trans

    Peace On Earth

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  5. Patrick OGara says:

    …Wow, What a New Year’s treat!
    The years roll magically back.
    I wish you all an excellent one, although I’m somewhat sceptical about the prospects.
    ( Well I would be, wouldn’t I?)

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  6. Patrick OGara says:

    ”’In Slaying Dragons, Fraune breaks down how the Devil attacks us. Not through ostentatious displays of demonic ability, but slyly and surreptitiously.”
    Doesn’t spound mich like a roaring lion to me.But what do I know?

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  7. Good review, I think I might read this one ! Who was the exorcist that went after Harry Potter ?

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  8. johnhenrycn says:

    Not sure why an exorcist would go after Harry Potter. Is H. Potter a real demon or a fictional boy?

    The late and grossly fat Harold Bloom, one of my favourite literary critics (c.f. Shakespeare and the Invention of the Human) spent no more than a minute dismissing Rowling’s creation. I will never be as successful as J.K.Rowling, but neither was Kafka or that Bulgakov guy.

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  9. johnhenrycn says:

    It’s not yet 10 o’clock over here; so speaking of literary figures, pick out the one shown in this clip:

    at the 00:35 second mark if you’re in a hurry.

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  10. johnhenrycn says:

    Was Proust a homosexual? He was a Great Man, despite possibly being one. On 16 August 1904 (around the time the above wedding took place) he wrote this op-ed published in Le Figaro:
    The Death of Cathedrals – A Consequence of the Briand Bill on the Separation of Church and State.
    There used to be a couple of ultramontanes on this blog who would have approved that piece, although it does not deal directly with the issue of papal authority; but knowing what we (including those ultras) know now about the current incumbent in Rome, is anyone here still willing to be called an ultramontane?

    My namesake was uncomfortable with the concept of papal infallibility, although he accepted it, as do I. Lord Acton did not. I’m wondering now who had and has the right end of the stick?

    Thank you (JP et al) for no longish expositions on the concept of infallibility.

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  11. JabbaPapa says:

    Too much public knowledge about exorcisms and demonic possessions is dangerous.

    I came across a French book on the subject, 1940s or so, written by the Church for exorcists, on my 2000 foot pilgrimage to Rome, which made clear that certain knowledge should be reserved for Bishops, exorcists, and those individuals having encountered and overcome a demon, demons, or the devil, whether helped by an exorcism or, rarely, those few having overcome through the Grace of God “on their own” (but not really).

    Because there is too much danger for those spiritually ill-equipped to face these messengers of Hell to think they might know, just from reading, that they might be capable of facing them by themselves, which is a grievous error leading them to a serious risk of possession themselves.

    Whereas the best normal protection against these demons is in Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, and the prayers, especially the Pater (which is also a prayer of exorcism) and the Ave Maria (as demons are always completely terrified by St Mary). And the Saint Michael prayer.

    Faithful Christians having habitual recourse to the Holy Eucharistic Mass in the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ have massive protections against the devil and his demons, but it would be foolhardy to take these for granted amidst our own faults from Sin, both Original and Particular.

    And Proust was an ex-homosexual. He did not marry his housekeeper for trite reasons of social impossibility, but she was virtually a wife. His Sodome et Gomorrhe is one of the most powerful denunciations of the “gay lifestyle” ever written. Harrowing in fact, in the depiction of all the perversion and sterile self-hating pettiness of it all.

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  12. johnhenrycn says:

    We’ve previously discussed Proust’s magnum opus. I didn’t find Sodom and Gomorrah a powerful denunciation of homosexuality. Yes, his views on the subject were negative, but his analysis seemed to me more clinical than condemnatory. And, after all, he was in love with the lesbian Albertine, was he not? I wish I was able to read In Search of… in French. I learned recently that the late Clive James actually learned French from scratch by reading it. It took him 15 years. I’m on the last 500 pages after 5 years. All the best to you in 2020, JP.

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  13. JabbaPapa says:

    Maybe it’s a lot less so in translation, and frankly Proust is one of those rare authors that I’d consider to be untranslatable.

    Even most French literature students give up on Proust in the first 100 pages, so don’t feel too unhappy with yourself.

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