DUMAGUETE CITY – With still no approved vaccine for the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that has caused a pandemic, many people suffering from its effects, particularly the restrictions that come with it are inclined to be vulnerable to diabolic attacks, a Catholic priest-exorcist here said.
Fr. Ronaldo Ablong, who is the priest-in-charge of the St. Vincent Ferrer quasi-parish in Barangay Camanjac here, told the Philippine News Agency in an interview that people who are dealing with mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical stress and other disorders in this time of crisis are the ones prone to Satan’s and his demons’ deceptions.
“The devil is always around 24/7, and rides on to events in our surroundings, such as our problems, trials, illnesses, pain, and crisis,” he said.
“Gani, pagsugod sa pandemic didto sa Manila, ang mga exorcist naghimo sila ug deliverance prayer, ug naka dawat gani ko ug call kung pwede nga akong mahimong live ang maong prayer (In fact, at the start of the pandemic, the exorcists in Manila came out with a deliverance prayer and they called me and asked me to join them and if I could also share via live-streaming their nightly prayer) to curb the effects of the devil’s actions especially at a time of confusion,” he added.
Ablong said two things can happen in this time of great trial brought about by the pandemic. “Either we grow spiritually or we get discouraged and then we question God why is this happening,” he said.
“The ordinary action of the devil is temptation which happens every day and to anyone but there is also what we call extraordinary diabolical action,” the priest said.
“We have to be humble as we are not in control of the situation,” he said of the pandemic. “Even rich countries and the most powerful in the world are not spared from the Covid-19.”
Ablong said when people feel helpless, they usually turn to God. “But we have to be careful because the devil is wily and he will put us in a discomforting situation and discourage us,” he said.
The 51-year-old priest, who has investigated scores of demonic attacks, and performed religious rites in “evicting demons and diabolical spiritual forces”, has been in the deliverance and exorcism ministry for over three years now, dealing with people who have been demonized and releasing them from the “bondage” of the devil.
Ablong said many people usually tend to associate exorcism with demonic possession but are not aware that there are different stages or forms of diabolical attacks, from slight to moderate to severe, whether the devil is outside or inside of a person, and demonic infestation of places and objects.
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Source: Canadian Inquirer