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Exorcist: Possession is real

first_imgDemonic possession is “still very real,” Fr. Jeffrey Grob said in a lecture on campus Wednesday night. Grob, one of the official exorcists of the Archdiocese of Chicago, delivered a lecture titled “Evil and the Healing Ministry of Exorcism” at the Hesburgh Library Auditorium. He said he did not choose to become an exorcist but was appointed by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago. He joked about his profession to the full auditorium. “Anyone who wants to go into this line of work is out of their mind,” Grob said. “I’m still trying to figure out what I did to the Cardinal.” Grob described three causes of demonic possession: through a habit of sin, through direct involvement with the occult and through trauma or abuse. In cases of trauma, it’s not the event itself that opens the door to possession, but rather the victim’s ability to move forward in the healing process and let go of negative emotions, Grob said. “I have never seen a case of genuine demonic possession where there was not cooperation on some level,” Grob said. “Remember we have free will.” Grob has been an exorcist since 2006 and said he has developed “on some level a sixth sense” for identifying demonic possession. He listed the criteria that he uses to identify demonic possession. “I’m sure if you’ve seen the movies you’re familiar with them,” he said. He said one sign is the ability to converse in languages a person did not otherwise know. Possessed individuals are also “able to reveal secrets about other people that no one else could know,” Grob said. He said demonic possession can also cause extraordinary strength. Grob said he once exorcised a “skeletal elderly woman who five strong men could not hold down.” People who are possessed also cannot tolerate sacred images or places, he said. “All of these things are parlor tricks of the devil,” Grob said. “The devil is not on a level with God. He’s a creation and must use what’s there. Demons are very good at manipulating reality.” Grob offered advice for preventing and avoiding possession. “Demonic possession is rare,” he said. “For all the other stuff, what’s needed is prayer and the sacraments. Our Lord gave us these sacraments for a reason.” Grob said fear and isolation can contribute to possession and he recommended the Catholic sacrament of reconciliation as a means of resisting the devil. “If we are cooperating with the life of grace, we are pretty repulsive to the devil,” he said. “One good sacramental confession is more powerful than any number of exorcisms. … In confession, the creature stands before the creator and says, ‘I love you. I need you.’ And the devil can’t touch that.” Grob said that a possessed person still has a chance to be saved. “As long as there is life in the body,” he said, “there’s a chance for grace.” Students at the lecture said they enjoyed Grob’s delivery style and message. “I really liked [Grob],” senior Samuel Kaulbach said after the lecture. “He was really down-to-earth. I liked how he was skeptical and didn’t just spew fear. It was very comforting.” Senior Brittani Russell said she liked hearing about the Catholic Church’s means of combating possession. “I think it’s really scary to acknowledge that evil exists, but I think it’s important for us to know and to realize that the Church does have avenues to help us with this.”last_img read more

Kinky Boots to Receive Australian Premiere

first_img View Comments Everybody say…mate! The Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots will receive an Australian premiere next fall. Performances will begin at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in October 2016. Casting and exact dates for the production, directed by Jerry Mitchell, will be announced later. The tuner features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein.Based on the 2005 film and inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots follows Charlie Price, an aspiring young businessman who, after the death of his father, is forced to give up his dreams of living in London in order to save his family’s fledgling shoe factory in Northern England. Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As the unlikely pair works to turn the factory around, they find they have more in common than initially expected.Kinky Boots opened on Broadway in 2013 and won six Tony Awards that year, including Best Musical. In addition to the Broadway production, the show is currently touring the U.S. and playing in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. A South Korean production concluded its run in Seoul earlier this year. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Shows Kinky Bootslast_img read more