I’ve been having a discussion with a group on friends on the question of exorcism (the topic seems to come up once every so often), so I thought I’d write a bit about it, and in particular, why exorcisms are so rare. I am referring, of course, to what is called a “major” exorcism. Minor exorcisms are done all the time as part of the Church’s liturgical life, and prayers of deliverance are also known as part of spiritual direction and discernment.
Today was the funeral of my sister-in-law’s stepfather. Grandpa David, as my nieces called him, was not a believer, so the service at the funeral home was actually more of a memorial than an actual funeral. Still, lots of people came, and I drove from Montreal for it (just to come back right after to teach my evening course). I was really proud of Tawnia for being such a trooper, and of my niece Chloe for the reading she did at the service. Please pray for the family.