The devil is the one who loves to steal our joy.
We are told to be vigilant against his attacks, snares and temptations. One of the particular attacks he 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)
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.
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It has been noted that even though diabolical oppression is indeed an attack that the devil launches against us, it is usually indicative of good things: “experiences in the category of oppression are typically a positive sign. It indicates that God is protecting the person from other forms of demonic attacks.
“As a result of that protection, the demons, since they cannot get to the person in the way they want, come after them in these forms.” (Fraune)
In other words, since the devil can’t get to you from the inside, in the sanctuary of the soul, he seeks to attack you from the outside, in hopes of weakening you and making you more susceptible to his interior attacks.
He 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.
My dear friends, does any of this sound eerily similar to things that are going on in your life?
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.
We were once encouraged that if there was something strange in our neighborhood to call the ghostbusters.
My friends, I’m not talking about calling the ghostbusters, 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)
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The prayer that Fr. Ripperger composed is entitled “Consecration of One’s Exterior Goods to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
It is a beautiful prayer in which one gives and entrusts the protection of one’s exterior goods, including health, finances, relationships, possessions, property, and career over to Our Blessed Mother’s care and disposal.
One also asks Our Lady’s protection over one’s exterior goods against the evil one so that “he cannot touch them.”
Even if you don’t perceive signs of diabolical oppression in your life, I humbly ask and strongly encourage you to pray the prayer that Fr. Ripperger has composed. Our Blessed Mother can see things we can’t.
Our enemy is subtle as a serpent, and she wants to protect us from him by stepping on his head in our lives.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, what a joy and consolation it is to put our lives–all aspects of them–under the care of Our Beautiful and Perfect Spiritual Mother, who loves us, as St. Alphonsus Liguori states, more than all of the angels and saints combined!
I encourage you to take some time to pray through the Consecration of Your Exterior Goods to Our Lady (full text below). I myself have seen amazing things happen in the lives of those who entrust themselves to the Mother of God through this prayer.
May Our Lady and her most chaste spouse, St. Joseph, protect you, your families and all of your exterior goods from the wicked fiend!
If you would like to know more about defending yourself from the attacks of the evil one, I also strongly recommend picking up a copy of the book, “Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know” by Charles D. Fraune.
It is an excellent resource in learning how to sniff out and defend yourself against the snares of our common enemy, but even more important than that, it teaches you how to get closer to Our Father who cherishes us as His beloved sons and daughters!
May Our Lady watch over you and yours always!
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.