What is demonic oppression and how can you prevent it?
Giovanni da Monte Rubiano (1465-1544), “Our Lady of Succor”, (Image in public domain)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
395 – The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature. He cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign. Although Satan may act in the world out of hatred for God and his kingdom in Christ Jesus, and although his action may cause grave injuries – of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature- to each man and to society, the action is permitted by divine providence which with strength and gentleness guides human and cosmic history. It is a great mystery that providence should permit diabolical activity, but “we know that in everything God works for good with those who love him.”275
275 – Rom 8:28
by Fr. Gabriel Lickteig
One of the particular attacks the devil launches against us is something called “diabolical oppression”.
This involves more of an exterior attack from the evil one: “diabolical oppression involves those things that affect a person’s life from the outside.” (Charles D Fraune, Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know, Kindle Edition)
Renowned exorcist Fr Chad Ripperger states that “diabolical oppression can appear as inexplicable financial difficulties, such as the inability to obtain employment despite being highly qualified and applying for multiple jobs or being fired all of a sudden.
“Oppression can manifest and cause a person’s possessions to chronically break down, despite reasonable efforts to keep them in good order.” (Fraune)
Other effects that exorcists have noted are marital discord, illness with no natural explanation, the breaking up of friendships, etc, with the purpose of leaving the person isolated.[The devil] indeed prowls about as a lion, as Scripture notes, but he is a cowardly lion who loves to attack us when we are in a weakened state.
Whether you pick up on strange supernatural things happening around your work, finances and relationships or not, there is someone we can go to for both protection and to counter these attacks.
My friends… I’m talking about calling the Woman who is called the “Tower of David,” who is called “Virgin Most Powerful”, I’m talking about the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother.
In the course of his ministry as exorcist, Fr. Ripperger explained that in one case he “was seeking to cast a demon away from a person’s property, which had become infested, he was able to get the demon to reveal that they only have permission to mess with the property, but they have no rights over it.”
“The demon revealed that the person has to clearly state his authority over the property to help break the hold of the demon. Further, the demon told Father that consecrating the property to Our Lady completely blocks the demons from acting on it.
“As a result, a prayer was written, based on the famous prayer of St. Louis De Montfort for those making a total consecration of themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Father says he has seen much good fruit from people using this prayer.” (Fraune)
The prayer that Fr Ripperger composed is entitled “Consecration of One’s Exterior Goods to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
Giovanni Tiepolo, “The Immaculate Conception”, 1767 (public domain)
Consecration of Exterior Goods to the Blessed Virgin Mary
“I, (Name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose thee, O Mary, this day for my Mother and Mistress.
Knowing that I have received rights over all my exterior goods, past, present and future; I relinquish into thy hands, my Heavenly Mother, all rights over my exterior goods, including my health, finances, relationships, possessions, property, my job and my earthly success, and I retain for myself no right of disposing the goods that come to me but leave to thee the entire and full right of disposing of all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.
As I now interiorly relinquish what belongs to me exteriorly into thy hands, I entrust to thee the protection of those exterior goods against the evil one, so that, knowing that they now belong to thee, he cannot touch them.
Receive, O good and pious Virgin, this little offering of what little is, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee.
Trusting in the providential care of God the Father and thy maternal care, I have full confidence that thou whilst take care of me as to the necessities of this life and will not leave me forsaken.
God the Father, increase my trust in Thy Son’s Mother; Our Lady of Fair Love, give me perfect confidence in the providence of Thy Son.