Do you believe in the Devil? If not, he’s winning


Wendell Talibong has one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs on earth.
The fortysomething battles ruthless enemies impervious to any weapon made by man, whose sole goal is to enslave, corrupt, and destroy people, body, mind, heart and soul.
One time, while Talibong was hurrying to his home city of Ozamiz to succor an elderly woman under a repeat assault, the enemy thrashed his vehicle with a coconut tree trunk thrown like a projectile.
His teenage son suffered grave head injuries, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Miraculously, the boy revived, but doctors said the damage to his brain and nerves meant he would need a ventilator machine pumping air into his lungs for life.
The night before a scheduled operation to reconnect the boy’s brain and spinal cord, Talibong prayed that God take his son, to spare the youth from a life tethered to a breathing machine, and to have his own offspring praying for the family in heaven.
However, Talibong recounted at the Marian World Congress in Cebu two weeks ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary spoke to him and said his son would live.
The next day, doctors found that the severed nerves were healed without surgery, though the boy would be in intensive care for three months. After 27 days, he was breathing on his own. And the paralyzed youth regained sensation and motion in his limbs after drinking water from Lourdes, the healing fountain where Our Lady appeared in France.
Talibong eventually got home to Ozamiz and delivered the mother from the demon afflicting her in a repeat attack — and which probably had something to do with the tree trunk cast at the minister’s car.
Brother Wendell Talibong is a Catholic lay deliverance minister, empowered by the Bishop of Ozamiz to cast out demons. And the minister says the devil has been increasing and intensifying his assaults in our time.
Demonic activity on the riseThe rising incidence and intensity of demonic attack were also observed by the late Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist till his death a year ago at age 91, and Fr. Jose Syquia, director of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism.
Fr. Amorth’s successor, Fr. CesareTruqui, also observed that symptoms of demonic possession were getting more frequent in Italy. And exorcists in America, coming back from the biennial gathering of exorcists in the Vatican this past June, also saw an escalation of demonic activity, according to the National Catholic Register paper.
“The problem isn’t that the devil has upped his game, but more people are willing to play it,” Fr. Vincent Lampert, exorcist at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, told the NC Register. Read more of this at The Manila Times

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