Demonic Oppression

by Margo

Yesterday I wrote a post about Catholic exorcism and today I’m continuing where I left off with something that’s called demonic oppression.  According to Father Gabriele Amorth who is the Chief Exorcist of Rome, there are a few different types of demonic affliction that Satan uses to attack mankind.  In yesterday’s post, I touched on the type called demonic possession, which most of us have heard of and associate with the practice of exorcism.  Demonic oppression (also referred to as diabolic oppression) is different because it involves symptoms that vary from a very serious to a mild illness but it is not nearly as severe and intense an affliction as demonic possession.

When a person is suffering from demonic oppression, he/she does not lose consciousness and there is no involuntary word or action; there is no possession at all.  While possessions are relatively rare today, still a great number of people are struck by the Devil in their jobs, health or relationships.  According to Father Amorth, exorcists find it no easier to diagnose and heal an oppression-related affliction than to diagnose and heal a person who is fully possessed.  Though the degree of intensity may be different, the difficulty of the diagnosis and the amount of time it takes throughout the healing process are exactly the same.

Demonic Oppression in the Bible and Beyond

According to Father Amorth, the Bible is full of many examples of demonic oppression; one of them is in the Book of Job.  Job was not possessed, but he lost his children, his health and his goods.  Another example is the bent woman and the deaf and dumb man whom Jesus cured.  They were not totally possessed, but they each had a demonic presence around them which caused physical discomfort.  Saint Paul, though not possessed by a demon, had a demonic oppression which caused an evil affliction.  In 2 Corinthians 12:7 it is written: “And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.”

Until I started experiencing my own strange symptoms of things being totally thrown off balance, I hadn’t realized that the Bible held such obvious answers to a puzzle that had plagued me for years!  I wish I had known years ago to research this matter and seek the answers that I had once assumed would eventually just present themselves; they never did.  It took hardships, depression, anxiety and what I once thought was plain old bad luck in order for me to finally see the clear picture for what it really is.  Can I prove that I was under some sort of demonic oppression?  Of course not.  But I do know that there was always a sort of malaise that hung over me and that I often felt much older than my age.  Sometimes I had these weird premonitions of future events long before they happened.  I didn’t always understand what I saw or felt, and it wasn’t as if I was going around predicting the future all the time, but that sense of things made me nervous and sometimes fearful.  In fact, I wrote a post about the era of my life when it all started.  And the demonic presence I may have experienced as a child seemed to follow me wherever I went.

Battling Demonic Oppression

First of all, again, I have no proof that I was dealing with demonic oppression as a child or later on, as an adult.  I have no proof that my issues weren’t just typical growing pains and natural childhood fears.  My headaches were real and quite frequent, as was the stress that went along with them.  But headaches are not so uncommon, and I suppose childhood stress isn’t either, especially in this day and time.  I refuse to turn this post into some sort of pity party for myself!  If anything, I’m hoping that by allowing for the possibility of what may have been plaguing me for years, I will in turn be able to connect some dots and possibly help others to understand this strange condition called demonic oppression.

In my previous post, I used a picture of a statue of Saint Michael the Archangel defeating Satan in battle.  I chose that picture because not only have I become very fond of Saint Michael throughout the last year of my house disturbances, but also because he is the angel whom we should all be calling on in times of spiritual conflict.  And of course, the weapon we should be using against any form of demonic affliction is the Holy Rosary.  When we pray the Rosary, we are praying the Gospel.  And the Gospel is the Good News and the Good News is Jesus Christ!  The Rosary is the Blessed Mother’s prayer of predilection.  How can we possibly fail if we are doing as Our Lady pleases, praying the Word of God?

Demonic oppression is probably more common than we realize.  Its symptoms can range from unexplainable rages to complete isolation.  I think the key to living a full, healthy and spiritually balanced life is to do one’s best to stay within a state of grace at all times.  We need to avoid occasions of sin and anything even remotely connected to the occult.  Satan attacks through anxiety and fear, and we need to remember to pray to the Holy Spirit for inner peace and wisdom so that we can learn to discern when it comes to making choices that involve our spiritual well-being (or lack thereof.)  I’ll close with the Saint Michael prayer:

PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..

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Annette August 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I know that what I’ve been dealing with for a year has been demonic attacks. I get physically attacked almost every night . It kind of feels like shooting electricity and my body gets extremely hot inside. It started out by taking my personal belongings of which I was blaming my husband. You see these things on tv but you never think it could happen to you. Anyway,, my husband has had an addiction his whole life, but didn’t know about it when I married him almost 32 yrs ago. The past two years have intensified his addiction but he is one who refuses to admit guilt. Anyway, so I left him last September because of the gross amount of personal belongings taken from me along with other strange occurances that I was blaming him for. After I left and moved into another house, things got even worse for me. I’d be awakened every night around 3-3.30 am with pain. I’d look down at my hands and arms and i’d have razor like cuts and bruises on them. I would then go into the bathroom and on the sink would be a large bandaid with a razor propped up on it as if to say,, I cut you.. I didn’t put any razor or bandaid on the sink the day before, so I knew it came from someone else. It also would leave a picture of me all through the house when I was a child, when I was molested. It would take something of mine and then leave a childhood pic of me as a mocking gesture. It wasn’t until I installed a home security system and then went to bed with it on, got up the next day and my outfit was gone that I had put on the dresser. I then called my husband to come up to talk about this. After speaking to him awhile, I knew that nobody could have possibly got into my house without the alarms going off. So I moved back home to him, and when we were getting my belongings back, I once opened up the freezer and inside was a straw that had one of my cigarettes made into a perfect cross. I yelled for my husband to come and see it and he was totally freaked out. So much more has happened to me and I’m still getting attacked every night but I have faith that Jesus knows my suffering and I just turn the lights back on when getting these attacks and read out loud from the bible. I then just say, that even if this oppression should kill me, that I will not deny Jesus. I offer up my suffering for my sins, but keep the faith the the Lord will send someone to free me from this oppression. I have tingling and numbness in my right foot all of the time and a few other symptoms but again,, I know that God hears my prayers and will send me the help that I need someday. So if anyone wants to pray for me. I’d appreciate it. God bless everyone!

angela August 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Hello, please pray for me. I need prayers I am in pains {bodily pains}

BB August 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for sharing your story, Margo. It’s helpful to others who are afflicted. I’ll pray for you.

I believe I’m also suffering from Demonic oppression. Thirteen years ago, I was a highly successful artist, making a lot of money, living in my dream house, and getting thousands of fan letters. I was somewhat famous. Overnight, I had atrocious luck, and people suddenly seemed to avoid me. I lost practically everything–my job, my home, my money, relationships, and my health greatly declined. I’ve never been able to get my career back on track, and it seems that everything I do fails. It’s like I’ve been bound, have become invisible, and people don’t appreciate me or my work anymore.

Even worse, many people in my outer circle of family and friends died–I’m not sure if this is coincidence or if it’s part of the oppression.

For a long while, I thought I was cursed–that maybe another artist was jealous of my success. I’d even received an anonymous email from someone who claimed they’d cast a curse spell on me. But no matter what remedies I sought, I couldn’t break the curse. After a lot of research into curses, I realized last year that all the bad luck was demonic oppression.

I’m not sure where it started. There are so many possibilities. I’ve had many supernatural experiences since I was a child. I also live in a Victorian house, which is haunted. Not only have my family and I seen several full-bodied apparitions, but we’ve also seen shadow people. In addition, I could have opened some door when I messed around with Wiccan magic, mirror gazing, Ouija boards, and tarot cards many years ago–I did this unaware that I was doing anything wrong or offensive to God.

Things calmed down during the past few years, and my life stagnated into endless depression, anxiety, and anguish, but when I started fighting back with prayer last summer, it was like a damn broke. Suddenly the bad luck escalated again. Several beloved pets died, my husband lost his job, and a project I’d put my heart into for many years failed. Again, I felt like I was personally bound. My project didn’t even receive negative reviews. It was as if it was invisible.

The fact that it viciously fought back proved to me that the bad luck and binding had indeed came from a malevolent force.

I read that if you pray to the Holy Spirit, he will tell you the name of the demonic force who is attacking you so that you will have greater power against it. So I tried that, and that very same night, I received the name in a dream.

I’m still fighting back through repentance and prayer. And I believe it’s starting to work. My husband now has a job. My design business is doing better, and I got a fan letter yesterday. I also feel that there has recently been a lot of divine grace in my life. For the first time in a long time, I’m hopeful!

Teresa August 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Just an FYI for all……there is an excellent post and audio talk by Fr. Nicholas Federspeil, a priest who studies and deals in deliverance. He just returned from an annual conference for clergy and lay people on exorcism and deliverance. It’s posted on the “News and Faith” website under “The reality of evil the way it infiltrates and how to bind it”. I will post the link if I can figure out how to do it. (lol) I am NOT a tech geek:) but if you go to http://www.newsandfaith.com you will find the link. Highly recommended. It is also on Drew Mariani’s facebook page. (Relevant Radio)

Christine August 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Had been attacked at night while sleeping, put a Blessed Rosary and Holy Water right next to my bedside and everything STOPPED! Now I have a Blessed Rosary hanging on every wall in my house and a St. Benedict Rosary with a Blessed St. Benedict medal on it too! I bless myself every morning and night with Holy Water with Blessed Salt in it! What a difference! Stay AWAY from bad people!!!Go to Church every week! They hate that & Sacramentals! They will leave, you will HEAR them leave with bangs on the walls! Open a door for them to exit.
Always Blessed,
Dana

josh alexander August 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I went through the same thing and studied every thing what were the main weapons that worked?

josh August 31, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I tried those things and they only work a few times out of many and it didn’t permantely fix it.

Melissa September 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Thank you all for your posts. I think that there may be an oppression over my entire family. Last November I found that that my son was sexually abused. I began a decent into madness and helplessness. I was overwhelmed taking care of him and would inexplicably rage at him. In March, he committed a crime and I turned to my family for help. My brother (an active alcoholic) offered help and I accepted. He ended up abusing my son physically and even tried to get custody of him and live with him in a house with 7 men who share one bathroom. My step-father and aunt sided with my brother. My brother became so out of control I had to gay a restraining order. Them I’m May I fell at work and had to have emergency back surgery. Shortly after my son and I moved in with my mother and she then get him. My step-father tried to take our home and my brother continued spreading lies about us. I have begun praying daily and lean in St. Michael often. I also bless pour house weekly with Holy Water and a triple sign of the cross. I feel like the clouds are parting, my mother has a job, my son has begun dealing with his abuse, and I am headed back to work next week. I still deal with fear and anxiety and would love suggestions and prayer.

Keats December 27, 2013 at 10:15 pm

The legal term is, “beyond a reasonable doubt.” I have no doubt that this has been afflicting me since I was 12. Again, avoiding the pity party, if I went into detail, I think you would all agree that I have had some “outrageous fortune.”

I don’t know all the whys and wherefores. I can say that I am a far different and better person than I might have been with better fortune. It’s one thing to give food to someone who’s hungry–quite another to have been hungry yourself. It’s one thing to be charitable to the homeless–quite another to have lost everything and understand that it can happen to anyone. All that smug superiority goes right out the window leaving only humility and compassion.

I made the mistake of getting involved with Freemasonry. I wanted “to know.” There are many good Freemasons, but the system itself is a set-up for sypathetic magic. There is no reason to treat a small group of individuals any differently than the rest of the world. Christ gave us a standard for interaction with our neighbors. We don’t need to change or add to it. When I went through my first initiation, it was like the gloves came off. I had made it very clear that I was a Christian and always would be. My life is not what it might have been had I stayed away from all things masonic. I’m still trying, by the grace of God, to pick up the pieces.

Daisy January 14, 2014 at 12:17 am

Thank you for this informative Blog… You have helped to answer a lot of things that have been transpiring.

God Bless

You! :)

Bernadette January 22, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Hi Anette
I do not doubt what you are telling us,like yourself we to have experienced strange phenomena in our home
Continue to pray and fast
Also seek the help of a catholic priest to bless your home
There is a deliverance prayers by father Gabriel Amorth listed under new mess deliverance prayers they are very powerfull when said daily
May God bless and protect you also call on the guardian angels to guide and protect you

William February 16, 2014 at 5:12 am

I’m not sure if I am being oppressed, and hopefully someone can tell me if I am and what to do. I got divorced nearly 4 years ago because my wife was having affairs with multiple men. The several years leading up to the divorce were some of the worst years of my life. My wife moved out leaving me with our 2 children and the house. Since then I have progressively gained 10 to 15 pounds a year, lost interest in my friends, hobbies, interests.
I get up every day feeling exhausted, I go to work everyday, after I am out of the house for a half hour or so I become energized and in a much better mood. At the end of the work day, I feel good. After I get back home, within 15 minutes or so I suddenly don’t feel like doing anything, and all I want to do is sit on the couch, watch tv and eat.
This has gotten worse and worse, I am now at the point that on weekends I get up at 7 am and sit on the couch watching tv until I go to bed at midnight. My friends have given up and stopped inviting me to do things. I thought it was depression at first over the divorce, but honestly I am ok, I really like who I am and where I am, I just can’t seem to get motivated to do anything. Can someone tell me what this is?

Kelmomma February 24, 2014 at 2:50 am

@William
Dear William, I wanted to ask you if you’ve had anything new brought in to your house? We refinished our floors and it really affected me (the VOC’s). It is 9 mo. that we refinished floor and I’m still having problems unless the air filter is on. Then we recently bought shelving that was modulated cardboard..not realizing it was from formaldehyde. AT any rate, same thing..depressed, exhausted, hungry..unclear thoughts. Only when we left the house did ourthinking and symptoms clear up. I now have removed the shelving and am running two air filters in the floor area (it’s even offgassing 7 months later). I hope this helps. If you’ve had anything new (carpet, flooring, cupboards, furniture) they give off VOC’s for years. May be worth a check in to. God bless and protect you!

Nora February 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Friend…you are in a clinical depression, and need competent treatment, pronto. The difference between a demonic or evil oppression and a depression, or other mental illness, is that an oppression will not respond to medicine.
@William -

Danielle March 12, 2014 at 2:18 am

Hi William,
I agree that what you have is depression.
I have struggled with bouts of depression
Quite similar to yours. Often times a loss
Of a loved one will trigger depression.
Demonic oppression is something attached
More to an active spiritual fight againt an
Evil presence. Furtunately prayer, our Lord.
The sacrements and church can assist both.
Getting checked by an MD and Medicine can
At times be quite helpful for depression . Exercise
Enough sleep and taking care of your body often
Help depression as well. I’ll keep you in my prayers .

Patricia March 16, 2014 at 1:06 am

Well after reading your comments. I think I do have oppression I see sometimes and hear telepathically the horror and the rage hate that I know is not comming from me. I was told by a priest I have oppression. He said its mild, I have migraines sometimes can’t sleep on anti depressants and sleep meds. I seem to get attacked the most when I am trying to sleep or when trying to pray even at mass and during confession. I have been abused sexually over and over by different men when I was a child and teen and I was abused physically as an adult. I have been on a lot of meds but nothing works I get desperate I am scared it will reach to appoint it will take over my will. It has tried. I will try praying to the Holy Spirit to find out what is the power behind these symptoms. Blessings and prayers!

Nancy April 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I felt the need to try and reply to each comment but then decided to send a comment for all. Please read “The Healing of Families” book by Fr. Yozefu Ssemakula or try reading his website healingoffamilies.net. My family has had tremendous help in dealing with all these problems you have mentioned. I have attended his seminar and I highly reccoment it to anyone who needs healing and deliverance from things we have desperately prayed for before to no avail. You will be freed!

Your sister in Christ,
Nancy

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