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VIDEO: 3 Powerful Saints Who Physically Fought the Devil and Lived to Tell the Tale

VIDEO: 3 Powerful Saints Who Physically Fought the Devil and Lived to Tell the Tale

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“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” – Ephesians 6:12

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8

Here are 3 saints that fought the devil physically and won

1. Saint Anthony of the Desert, 251-356 AD

One day Anthony made a rather odd decision: he decided to spend the night alone in a tomb. According to the story, many demons came and assaulted him physically. Causing him many injuries until he fell to the floor and their claws pinned him to the ground. A friend found him the next day, carried him away for treatment. However, he returned to the tomb again upon recovery and said:

“Here is Anthony. I do not flee your beatings nor pain, nor torture; nothing can separate me from the love of God.”

St. Athanasius recorded:

“The demons made such a racket that the whole place was shaken, knocking over the four walls of the tomb; they came in droves, taking the form of all kinds of monstrous beasts and hideous reptiles. And the whole place was filled with lions, bears, leopards, bulls, wolves, asps, scorpions. The lions roared, ready to attack; bulls seemed to threaten him with their horns; snakes advanced, crawling on the ground, seeking a place of attack, and wolves prowled around him.

They all were making a terrible noise. Groaning in pain, St. Anthony faced the demons, laughing: ‘If you had any power, only one of you would be enough to kill me; but the Lord has taken away your strength, so you want to frighten me by your number. The proof of your powerlessness is that you are reduced to taking the form of senseless animals. If you have any power against me, come on, attack me! But if you cannot do anything, why torment yourselves unnecessarily? My faith in God is my defense against you.’

“But all of a sudden a bright light illuminated the tomb; at that moment, the demons vanished. The pains ceased. When he realized that God was coming to his aid, he asked: ‘Where were you, Lord? Why did you not stop this suffering earlier?’ God answered him, ‘Anthony, I was present at your side. But I waited, observing your fight. And since you have resisted so bravely, I will now always be at your side, and I will make your name famous throughout the world.’ Having heard the words of the Lord, the monk stood up and prayed. He then received such strength that he felt in his body an even greater vigor than before.”

2. St Gemma Maria Galgani, 1878 -1903:

Gemma was a mystic who had very many strange experiences, in one of her letters she said:

“For two days after receiving communion, Jesus told me: ‘Be prepared, my daughter; the Devil, at my bidding, will rage war against you.’ These words I hear in my heart continuously. Please pray for me …. Who will win this battle: the devil or my soul? How sad this thing makes me! Where will the war come from? I am for ever thinking about it instead of praying Jesus to give me strength and help. Now I have told you, and I leave this matter to you, that you may help me.
Your poor,”

Prayer was her weapon against hell so no matter what happened she kept on praying, and Jesus always helps:

“What torment this gives me, not to be able to pray! What fatigue it costs me! How many efforts does not that wretch make to make it impossible for me to pray! Yesterday evening he tried to kill me, and would have succeeded if Jesus had not come quickly to my aid. I was terrified and kept the image of Jesus in my mind, but I could not pronounce His name.”

“If you would have seen him Father, when he fled making faces, you would have burst out laughing! He is so ugly!…. But Jesus told me not to be afraid of him”

Another assault

“Once more I have passed a bad night. The demon came before me as a giant of great height and kept saying to me “For thee there is no more hope of salvation. Thou are in my hands!“. I replied that God is merciful and therefore I fear nothing. Then, giving me a hard blow on the head in a rage he said “accursed be you!” and then he disappeared. I then went to my room to rest, and there I found him. He began again to strike me with a knotted rope, and wanted me to listen to him while he suggested wickedness. I said no, and he struck me even harder, knocking my head violently against the ground.

At a certain point, it came to my mind to invoke Jesus’ Father “Eternal Father, through the most precious blood of Jesus, free me!” I then don’t quite know what happened. That contemptible beast dragged me from my bed and threw me, hitting my head against the floor with such force that it pains me still. I became senseless and remained lying there until I came to myself a long time afterwards. Jesus be thanked!”

3. Saint Padre Pio,1887-1968

Don Gabriele Amorth, the famed exorcist of Rome wrote:

The devil is always pure spirit, but in order to reveal himself he takes on aspects which can be most provocative and harmful: fear, seduction, deception. From his childhood, Padre Pio enjoyed celestial visions, but he also experienced terrible diabolical presences. These tormented him in the most frightful forms. They occasionally scourged him with heavy chains, leaving him bruised and bleeding. Sometimes they appeared as gruesome animals. Many biographies recount Padre Pio’s encounters with the demons. Did anyone else see these violent attacks? Amorth: Fortunately, Padre Pio himself described many of his encounters with devils. His accounts for his spiritual director in 1911 in the monastery of Venafro are particularly vivid. That was the first time Padre Pio revealed his rich interior life, both his ecstatic visions and his diabolical torments. Sometimes he spoke freely with the Madonna or the Lord, with no realization that other friars might be nearby or listening.

The devil would appear to him as an ugly black cat, or in the shape of a truly repugnant animal. The obvious intent was to fill him with terror. Other times demons came as young girls, nude and provocative, performing obscene dances, to test the young priest’s chastity. But Padre Pio sensed his greatest danger when the devil tried to deceive him by taking on the form of one of his superiors (his provincial superior or his spiritual director) or in a sacred form (the Lord, the Virgin, or St. Francis).

Source: caticor.com

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Rare Footage Of A Day In The Life Of St. Padre Pio

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Rare Footage Of A Day In The Life Of St. Padre Pio

Mass, confessions, lunch … Discover how this saint lived in this exceptional video

Accompanied by his Capuchin friars, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (commonly known as Padre Pio) lived very long days, as evidenced by this film dating back to 1950. The saint worked up to 19 hours a day, every day. In total, an estimated 20 million people attended his Masses and five million people confessed their sins to him.

About the solemn Mass celebrated on the 50th anniversary of his reception of the stigmata on September 22, 1968, Padre Pio said, “Fifty years of religious life, fifty years nailed to the cross, fifty years of devouring fire for you, Lord, for beings whom thou hast redeemed.”

That same evening he received Extreme Unction and died a few hours later, at 2:30 a.m.

WATCH BELOW A RARE FOOTAGE OF THE LIFE OF PADRE PIO

CAUGHT ON CAMERA : The Most Holy Remains of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

CAUGHT ON CAMERA : The Most Holy Remains of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

The supernaturally holy nun whose in-corrupt body still is preserved.

Deep in the Basilica of San Crisogono, is a most holy chapel with a saintly coffin. Inside are the remains of Anna Maria Taigi.

Born in Sienna, Anna Maria and her family moved to Rome when she was six years old. She later married and had seven children. Known for her charity and devotion, she joined the Secular Trinitarians in 1802. Of the many holy gifts attributed to her, the most impressive was the “miracle of the mystic globe-sun.” She would have visions of a sun-shaped globe that held images of current, past, and secret events.

When she died in 1837 it was only a few days before pilgrims started to visit her resting place despite a cholera epidemic (which some believe she was holding off while alive). In 1868 her coffin was opened and though her clothes had deteriorated, her body was found to be incorrupt. When examined again in 1920, she had begun to decompose and so her visible hands and face were covered in wax replicas. Pope Benedict the XV declared her protector of families and mothers in 1920. Special masses are still held in her chapel to this day.

After having seen in mysterious sun the loss of so many souls, the Blessed Anna Maria turned with great fervor to the Most Holy Virgin, when she heard dedicated to her from on high the following prayer, which was later enriched by Pius VII through a decree of March 6, 1809, with a hundred days’ indulgence for each day, and a plenary indulgence once a month for those who after having approached the holy Sacraments shall recite it every day.

Kneeling at thy most holy feet, O great Queen of Heaven, I venerate thee with the deepest respect and I confess that thou art the daughter of the Divine Father, the Mother of the Divine Word, and the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. Thou art the Treasurer and the Dispenser of mercies. Thy most pure heart, abounding in charity, sweetness, and tenderness for sinners, is the reason wherefore I call thee Mother of divine piety. Therefore with great trust I present myself to thee, mother most loving, in my affliction and distress, and I beseech thee to make me experience the truth with which thou lovest me, granting to me the grace wherefore I supplicate thee, if it is in accordance with the Divine Will, and to the advantage of my soul. Oh! Turn, I beseech thee, thy most pure eyes towards me, and those especially who have recommended themselves to my prayers.

Consider the cruel war which the devil, the world, and the flesh wage upon our souls and how many perish there from. Remember, most tender mother, that we are all thy sons redeemed with the most precious Blood of thy Only Begotten Son. Deign to supplicate with the greatest fervor the Most Holy Trinity, so that I may be granted the grace of being triumphant over the devil, the world, and all my evil passions; that grace by which the just may be sanctified the more, sinners converted, heresies overthrown, infidels enlightened and the Jews converted.
Ask, O most loving mother, this grace through the infinite goodness of the Most High God, through the merits of thy most holy Son, through the milk thou didst give Him, through the cares with which thou didst serve Him, through the love with which thou didst love Him, through the tears which thou didst shed, through the pain thou didst suffer in His most holy passion. Obtain for us the great gift that the entire world may form one people and one Church to give glory, honor, and thanks to the Most Holy Trinity and to thee who art our Intercessor. May this grace be granted us by the Power of the Father, the Wisdom of the Son, and the Virtue of the Holy Ghost, Amen.

The’ extreme peril, Mother,
of thy children behold;
to thee all is granted,
Have pity, O Mother.
Powerful Virgin, pray for us, Hail Mary, etc.
(To be repeated three times)
Eternal Father, Increase ever more in the hearts of the faithful, devotion to Mary, your Daughter. Glory, etc.
Eternal Son, Increase ever more in the hearts of the faithful, devotion to Mary, your Mother. Glory, etc.
Eternal Spirit, Increase ever more in the hearts of the faithful, devotion to Mary, your Spouse. Glory, etc.

Prayer given by Our Blessed Mother to Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

Prostrate at thy feet,
O Great Queen of Heaven,
we venerate thee with
the deepest reverence and
we confess that thou art the
Daughter of the Father,
the Mother of the Divine Word,
the Spouse of the Holy Ghost.
Thou art the storekeeper
and the almoner of the Divine Mercies…
For this reason,
we call thee Mother of Divine Compassion.
Behold us here in affliction and anguish.
Deign to show us thy true love.
We beg thee to ask the Holy Trinity
most fervently to grant us the grace
ever to conquer the devil,
and the world and our evil passions;
the efficacious grace that sanctifies the just,
converts, sinners,
destroys heresies,
enlightens infidels and
brings all men to the true faith.

Obtain for us this great gift that all the world may form but one people united in the One True Church.

See How This Single Nun Defeated The KKK

See How This Single Nun Defeated The KKK

It didn’t take much for St. Katharine Drexel to thwart the group’s violent plans.

St. Katharine Drexel was a pioneer in many ways. After seeing the plight of the Native Americans, she founded a religious order that she hoped could help relieve the suffering of the poor and vulnerable minorities of the country.

She blazed a trail west, ministering to the Native Americans and African Americans so severely treated by much of the population. By the end of her life, she’d established well over 100 missions, 50 schools for African American children and 12 schools for Native Americans.

Unsurprisingly, her work with minorities drew sharp criticism and even violence.

In 1922 the Ku Klux Klan started to target Mother Katharine and her work. The sisters received a letter that “‘threatened to tar and feather the white pastor at one of Drexel’s schools and bomb his church’ in Beaumont, Texas.”

The sisters then did what they knew best. They prayed.

According to one account, “days later, a tornado came and destroyed the headquarters of the KKK killing two of their members. The Sisters have never been threatened again.”

While the KKK did learn a lesson that day, Mother Katharine constantly affirmed that it is love and joy that attracts people to the truth and ultimately changes their hearts.

She said

“If we wish to serve God and love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render to Him and them. Let us open wide our hearts. It is joy which invites us. Press forward and fear nothing.”

Source: aleteia.org

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