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‘The Devil Is A Person And Not A Thing’ – Mexican Exorcist

‘The Devil Is A Person And Not A Thing’ – Mexican Exorcist

Exorcism is the religious or spiritual practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person, or an area, they are believed to have been possessed. 

Father Francisco Lopez Sedano is an 80-year-old Mexican exorcist. In the past 40 years of service, he has conducted at least 6,000 exorcisms.

And, he says, the devil is afraid of him.

Lopez told the newspaper Hoy Los Angeles (Los Angeles Today) that when the devil speaks to him through possessed people, he responds, “I am nobody, but I come from Christ, your Lord and God and you leave right now – I command you in His name that you go. Out!”

Lopez is the national coordinator emeritus of exorcism for the Archdiocese of Mexico, and he belongs to the order of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. Now, he continues his ministry in the Parish of the Holy Cross in Mexico City.

During the interview, the priest highlighted four things that he learned during his years as an exorcist.

First, he emphasized, the devil is a person and not a thing.

He noted that Jesus confronted the devil many times and spoke to him. When speaking with a demon, “one isn’t talking with a thing, one is talking with a person.”

The evil one, he added, wants “to separate us from God, to frighten us, to threaten us, to make us tremble.”

“He brings us laziness, fatigue, sleepiness, distrust, desperation, hate; everything negative.”

Second, Lopez noted, the devil enters into persons because they allow him to do so.

“He can’t enter us if we do not open doors,” the priest said. “Because of this, God prohibits the practice of magic, Superstition, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, consulting the dead and spirits and astrology. These are the seven lands of lies and deceit.”

“That the stars influence our life is the biggest lie. They are millions of kilometers away! They are bodies formed by metals and gasses – how can they influence us? It’s the same with magic, which attributes to objects a power that they don’t have. To carry a horseshoe because it’s going to give me good luck – it’s a lie.”

Another truth that Lopez has learned from decades of experience is that the possessed exhibit specific behaviors.

He said that he has observed possessed persons who “began to shout, to bark like a dog, to scream or writhe and who squirmed like a snake on the ground. There are a thousand forms.”

On one occasion, Lopez said, a boy around 18 years old pushed five large benches that were so heavy they should have required the strength of 10 people to move.

“He had a terrible strength. We had to get him between three people to practice the exorcism. Having the presence of the Other, already explains anything. They are able to climb the walls, yes. And fly too.”

Sometimes, the possessed person “hears voices, feels hatred or rejection of God where before they believed and now they stamp on the Bible. Other people have a terrible backache, but doctors say that they are perfectly fine.”

“The injuries of Satan are outside the control of clinical medicine,” he continued. “People who live with permanent diarrhea and nothing makes it go away; people who have eye pain and ophthalmologists find nothing. These are injuries that science does not detect.”

Finally, the priest said, decades of ministry have taught him that exorcism is a divine mandate.

Regarding his appointment as an exorcist some 40 years ago, he affirmed that it was “out of necessity” after seeing “very serious and painful cases.”

“A fellow priest who was involved in it made me see that fighting the Evil One was an obligation. He said to me, ‘You have to enter into this by the command of the Lord.’ The three mandates are to carry the word of God, heal the sick and cast out demons. All three are valid in the Church.”

An Exorcist True Testimony: A Parish Priest Protected By St. Michael The Archangel And Hated By The Devil

An Exorcist True Testimony: A Parish Priest Protected By St. Michael The Archangel And Hated By The Devil

From a testimony posted by Jorge, author of the blog Almas Castles.

was once in a parish and I confess that I was very impressed with an image of St. Michael the Archangel, which was on the high altar. Brought from Italy, all wood, that beautiful and precious image already witnessed many exorcisms.

The Exorcist

The exorcist was Father Miguel Pedroso. His calm and calm gaze, his words of deep and gentle sonority, his unshakeable courage and faith, his fight against the devil … everything in that priest was exorcistic.

There were huge lines to receive the blessing of this priest at the end of the Mass. The blessing was received on the knees, in the “murmur” that separates the altar, as if to communion. The priest, very calmly, passed from one to the other, blessing, giving advice, smiling and exorcising … His face conveyed tranquility, faith, strength and meekness, together with an unspeakable happiness. Many who came from afar to converse with him returned in amazement at their tranquility of those who are at peace with God. Needless to say, the demon hated this priest. And, from the high altar, St. Michael the Archangel stood before everything.

Who was this priest? What parish is this? What image of São Miguel do I speak?

Crossing and Promise

At the end of the nineteenth century Italy was going through a difficult period and the Italians migrated to America in search of work and new opportunities. Among many, by the year 1870, the young Miguel Aliano also came to Brazil. His trip was tumultuous: he faced terrible weather, contrary winds, great delay and suffering. Some immigrants became ill and others died – their bodies were thrown into the sea. While the strong waves shook the boat, many feared never to reach their destination.

Remembering the Catholic faith inherited from his mother, Miguel, the young man, asked Saint Michael, the Archangel, the miracle of arriving in Brazil. He promised that, as soon as he was able, he would return to Italy to seek the image of the holy guardian angel and have a chapel erected in his honor.

When you pray, you can do it. Miguel finally arrived in Brazil and, with all the effort of those who come to a new land, he worked, set up his trade and saved savings to keep the promise.

As soon as it was possible, he fulfilled it. In the year 1891, Miguel Aliano and Ana Maria Olga Aliano built a chapel dedicated to São Miguel Arcanjo in the center of São Paulo, at Rua Bráulio Gomes. The boy traveled to Italy and brought from his land, packed and inside a wooden box, that beautiful image of St. Michael the Archangel, all of it also in painted wood.

The change

São Paulo was growing a lot and it was necessary to widen streets, build buildings, modernize the city. In this context, the chapel of St. Michael the Archangel was expropriated: great sadness among the relatives.

But the Catholic faith is strong in the Alian family. In 1938, Miguel’s heirs built another chapel, thus transferring the image of San Miguel Arcanjo to the neighborhood of Mooca. It is there until today.

Although a priest sometimes came to pray Mass and to assist the faithful in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, she did not have a permanent priest. So, to the greater glory of God, the Alian family decided to donate it to the Metropolitan Curia, which finally transformed it into a parish.

On April 21, 1960, the new parish had its first Mass and the first parish priest, who remained there for many years, loved by all the faithful of the region: Father Miguel Pedroso; the exorcist priest.

A parish priest loved by the faithful and hated by the devil

Whoever knows you knows what I’m talking about. Even enemies of the Catholic Church were amazed by the sound of Father Miguel Pedroso’s voice. His calm, his serenity, his strength, his unwavering faith made the demon tremble.

Father Miguel attended to all the people who came to him. He visited the sick, blessed the people and houses of the region, did countless exorcisms …

As he grew older, he was transferred to Cotia, where he contributed to the formation of the famous carmel there. I went to the city of Cotia several times in search of Father Miguel. He still continued to pray mass, to give blessing and to do exorcisms. Lay and religious people continued to come from afar to look for him.

After passing away in old age, the body of the priest Miguel was buried in the city of São Roque. Many people will still pray next to your tomb.

This Is The Reason Jesus Folded The Napkin In The Tomb

This Is The Reason Jesus Folded The Napkin In The Tomb

A Jewish tradition of that time would reveal the chilling message represented by this seemingly insignificant gesture
The Gospel according to St. John, in chapter 20, tells us of a handkerchief that had been placed on the Face of Jesus when He was buried in the late afternoon of Good Friday.

It so happens that after the Resurrection, when the tomb was found empty, that handkerchief was not lying on one side, like the sheets that had wrapped the Body of Jesus. The Gospel reserves an entire verse to tell us that the handkerchief was carefully folded and placed at the head of the stone tomb.

But why did Jesus fold the handkerchief that covered His head in the tomb after His resurrection?

Early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene went to the site and discovered that the very heavy stone blocking the entrance to the tomb had been removed. She ran and met Simon Peter and another disciple, whom Jesus loved so much – St. John the Evangelist – and said to them,

“They have taken away the Lord’s Body and I do not know where they took Him!”

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb. John went ahead of Peter and came first. He stopped and looked at the sheets, but did not enter. Then Simon Peter arrived, entered the tomb and noticed the sheets left there, while the handkerchief that had covered the Divine Face was folded and placed to one side.

This is important? Definitely.

Is this significant? Yes.


In order to understand the significance of the folded handkerchief, we must understand a little about the Hebrew tradition of the time.

The folded handkerchief has to do with a daily dynamic between the master and the servant – and every Jewish boy knew this dynamic well. The servant, as he prepared the dining table for his master, ought to be sure to do so in exactly the manner desired by his master.

After the table was prepared, the servant would wait outside the master’s sight until he finished the meal. The servant would never dare touch the table before the master was finished. When he was finished, the master would rise, wipe his fingers, his mouth and beard, tie his handkerchief, and throw it on the table. The embolished handkerchief meant ” I’m done .”

Now, if the master stood up and left the handkerchief folded beside the plate, the servant would not dare to touch the table yet, for that folded handkerchief meant to say, “I will come back!”

What Do Angels Look Like? 

What Do Angels Look Like? 

Various depictions of angels highlight different attributes of these heavenly helpers.

Angels are not easy to depict in art as they are purely spiritual creatures. They do not posses a physical body, though at times they take on the appearance of a human.

In the Bible angels are usually described with a visible body, but that is only a facade, a mask they put on so that we can see them with our eyes. Otherwise they are naturally invisible creatures to our human eyes.

Consequently artists can depict angels in various ways, and often choose an appearance that will highlight a spiritual attribute angels possess. For example, in the fourth century, angels were painted or sculpted with wings, focusing on their missionary character.

During the Renaissance, artists started painting angels as children with wings. These are called putti in Italian and are a remnant of classical art, a feature of ancient Greek and Roman mythology. They were closely associated with the god Eros (Cupid), but took on a new meaning with Christianity.

Artists decided to use these putti to represent angelic creatures, typically in the background of paintings and sculptures. The spiritual significance of their babyish features was to highlight the innocence of angels. Angels were created by God with an intellect superior to human intelligence, and free will. Those that chose to stay in the courts of heaven did so definitively and remain pure in all things. This purity was translated into art through the use of beautiful chubby children.

Angels have also been depicted as fierce warriors with swords and shields, ready to do battle. This was especially true for St. Michael the Archangel, who is usually represented as a warrior dealing a death blow to Satan.

Warrior angels are very common in Scripture. Joshua meets such an angel while encamped outside Jericho.

While Joshua was near Jericho, he raised his eyes and saw one who stood facing him, drawn sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you one of us or one of our enemies?” He replied, “Neither. I am the commander of the army of the Lord: now I have come.” (Joshua 5:13-14)

This visual representation highlights the reality that angels have the power to defeat spiritual enemies such as demons. Angels are powerful spiritual warriors and while their battles are largely invisible, the effects of their protection can often be felt.

However an angel is depicted, the artist is focusing on a particular aspect of their nature. While cute little babies may appear to be the opposite of fierce warriors, both representations reflect a truth about angels.

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