Glimpses of the Supernatural

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 134 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1875. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. SPIRITUAL POWERS AND PROPERTIES OF THE CHURCH. T is allowed on all hands by Catholic Christians that liberty has been sometimes permitted to the devil or his angels to enter into the bodies of men (just as of old Satan was allowed to try the patriarch Job), and to obtain such an absolute command over their powers and faculties as to incapacitate them, more or less, for any of the common duties of life. On this point, those who accept the Written Word of God as a portion, and a very important portion, of His Divine Revelation to mankind, through Christ, can have no doubt. In the New Testament, numerous instances of possession by evil spirits are recorded. The case of the daughter of the woman of Canaan, who cried out to our Blessed Saviour, "Have mercy upon me, 0 Lord, Thou Son of David, my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil,"1 and obtained from Him the gracious and merciful reply, " Be it unto thee even as thou wilt," is familiar to all. So likewise is that of the man with an unclean spirit, recorded in the first chapter of the Gospel according to S. Mark. Here the spirit acknowledging that Christ was the "Holy One of God," received the rebuke of Jesus Christ. "And when the unclean spirit had torn" the man suffering, "and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him." Again we read, " Unclean spirits, when they saw Him, fell down before Him, and cried saying, Thou art the Son of God."2 And when His apostles were called and formally ordained, it is written that they were "to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils," power wh...

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