God acts through His Holy Catholic Church and her Ministers, (pope, bishops, priest and deacons), Holy Sacraments and Sacramentals. God uses these instruments to continue to exorcize the devil out of people, animals and things and then re-consecrate them back to Him and incorporates them into His Kingdom.
This is necessary because when the devil seduced Eve, she in turned tempted Adam, and they sinned against God’s law of Love. At this instant, all creation was subjected to the power of darkness and the devil. Adam and Eve lacked trust in God’s love and care. Thus they brought upon all creatures and creation ‘the curse’, ‘the penalty’, ‘the consequences’ for breaking God’s law of love.
‘Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.’ Genesis 3:2-3.
From then on, all was subjected to the power of darkness and the devil’s kingdom. We see this when Jesus went into the desert to pray and be tempted. The devil offered Him back creation for the price of adoring and submitting to his kingship.
Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. Matthew 4:8-9.
In the womb of Mary, when Jesus/God took on our human nature and flesh, He initiated the overthrow of the devil’s kingdom and the coming of the Kingdom of God.
But if I by the finger of God cast out devils; doubtless the kingdom of God is come upon you.
When a strong man armed keepeth his court, those things are in peace which he possesseth. But if a stronger than he come upon him, and overcome him; he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils. Luke 11:20-22.
As Jesus prays before His passion, death, resurrection and ascension back into glory, He prays not for the world, but for His apostles and disciples who will remain in, but no belong to the (devil’s) world.
I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou hast given me: John 17:9
I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world; as I also am not of the world. John 17:14
The night before His death, He lovingly gives His Apostles the Sacrament of Holy Orders, (Priesthood), and The Holy Eucharist.
And taking bread, he gave thanks, and brake; and gave to them, saying: This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. In like manner the chalice also, after he had supped, saying: This is the chalice, the new testament in my blood, which shall be shed for you. Luke 22:19-20
Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. John 22:21-23.
We see God’s economy of salvation by Jesus’ liberating people from the devil, consecrating the Apostles to be priests and bishops endowed with His power to consecrate the Holy Eucharist and forgive sins.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have great faith in the Holy Sacraments of our Mother the Church and her Holy Sacramentals.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.