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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


Around the ACC: Your guide to Week 3 in ACC football


first_img Published on September 16, 2016 at 12:30 am Contact Justin: jmatting@syr.edu | @jmattingly306 Facebook Twitter Google+ The first top 10 matchup of the college football season features two ACC teams this week. Here’s a preview of all the ACC action for the weekend.No. 2 Florida State (2-0) at No. 10 Louisville (2-0)In a game that not only features two of the best teams in the country, two Heisman candidates will square off in the highly touted matchup of the week. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has accounted for 13 touchdowns in just two games this season. Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, who was out with injury when the Seminoles visited Syracuse last year, is averaging more than five yards per carry and scored two touchdowns last week in limited action.Game time: NoonTV: ABCBetting line: FSU -1.5SU week opponent: The Orange lost to the Cardinals last week and play the Seminoles on Nov. 19.No. 5 Clemson (2-0) vs. South Carolina State (0-2)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Cook and Jackson are battling in Louisville this Saturday, the other ACC Heisman Trophy contender — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson — will be looking to improve on an otherwise mediocre season through two games. Clemson had close games against both Auburn and Troy in weeks one and two, respectively, but will look to right the ship this week at home against South Carolina State.Game time: NoonTV: ACC NetworkBetting line: OddsShark.com does not have any odds posted for the game.SU week opponent: The Orange plays Clemson in Week 10 (Nov. 10).Boston College (1-1) at Virginia Tech (1-1)The Hokies open their ACC schedule at home against Boston College this week. The Eagles are coming off a 26-7 win over UMass while Virginia Tech took a 45-24 loss against Tennessee in front of an NCAA-record crowd at Bristol Motor Speedway.Game time: 3:30 p.m.TV: ESPNUBetting line: Virginia Tech -6SU week opponent: The Orange plays Virginia Tech in Week 7 (Oct. 15) and Boston College in Week 8 (Oct. 22).Pittsburgh (2-0) at Oklahoma State (1-1)Both Pitt and Oklahoma State are coming off thrilling games in Week 2. For the Panthers it was holding off a Penn State rally at home to get a 42-39 win. The opposite was true for the Cowboys, the casualty of wrong officiating and a successful Hail Mary. The two meet in Stillwater this week for a nonconference game.Game time: 3:30 p.m.TV: ESPNBetting line: OSU -4.5SU week opponent: The Orange plays Pittsburgh in Week 13 (Nov. 26), the final week of the season.North Carolina State (1-1) vs. Old Dominion (1-1)Both N.C. State and Old Dominion will look to get back in the win column this week after Week 2 losses. The Wolfpack lost to East Carolina, 33-30, despite more than 100 yards of rushing from Matt Dayes. The Monarchs ran into a wall against Appalachian State and were unable to stop the rushing game, something N.C. State does well with more than five yards per carry.Game time: 6 p.m.TV: ACC NetworkBetting line: N.C. State -23SU week opponent: The Orange plays N.C. State in Week 11 (Nov. 12).Wake Forest (2-0) vs. Delaware (2-0)In somewhat of a surprise, Wake Forest beat Duke on the road last week after going just 1-7 in the ACC last year. The Demon Deacons are 2-0 on the young season and will host the Fightin’ Blue Hens this week. The Blue Hens have wins over Delaware State and Lafayette.Game time: 6:30 p.m.TV: ACC NetworkBetting line: OddsShark.com does not have any odds posted for the game.SU week opponent: The Orange plays Wake Forest in Week 6 (Oct. 8). Commentslast_img read more