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Can Demons Cause Disasters and Accidents?

September 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Q. Father Fortea, can demons cause disasters and accidents?

A. If demons had the freedom to cause natural disasters, the whole world would fall into chaos. So the short answer Can Demons Cause Disastersis no – demons cannot cause disasters and accidents at will. Why? Simply because God prevents them from doing so.

Storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters ordinarily happen as a result of natural causes. Nonetheless, the book of Revelation does teach us that God, at the end of time, will allow a freer manifestation of the power of demons (see Rev 13:13-14), even to the point of affecting the physical world. But meanwhile we should not think that disasters or accidents have their cause in demonic action without strong objective evidence. Cases of poltergeist (the presence of a demon in a place evidenced by noises and the movement of objects) are proof that a demon can suspend something in the air or move an object. Since demons hate human beings and want them to suffer, it seems likely that if they were not restrained by God from causing continuous accidents, they would do so.

Once, I was praying for a lady who suffered from a demonic influence. Soon it began to rain, then hail, and the hail became gradually more intense. Then a strong storm wind began to buffet the church. The wind was so loud that I had to stop praying; no one could hear the prayers over the noise. We needed to shout to be heard. The entire church creaked like a wooden boat in the ocean. Suddenly, the roof of the church gave out and lifted off in one of the corners. We prayed that the whole roof would not come off. It was an unforgettable scene: the wind furiously shaking the altar cloths (which did not blow away), the bricks falling on the presbytery from the highest part of the roof, and the thunder roaring without interruption.

Here we have an episode in which it is reasonable to think that there was a relation between the prayer upon that person and what happened afterward. A curious aspect of this event is that the nearest weather station did not detect any abnormal winds, so the insurance company at first refused to pay to repair the damage!

 

Editor’s Note:  To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. Fortea’s excellent book, Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.

 

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About Fr. Jose Antonio Fortea

Trained by Vatican exorcist Gabriele Amorth, Father José Antonio Fortea is not only an exorcist, but also a writer, calligrapher and parish priest. He once thought he would lead what he has termed ordinary life as an attorney in Madrid, much as his father did before him, but sensed instead a vocation to the priesthood in his adolescent years. A theology graduate of Navarre University in Spain, Father Fortea wrote a thesis there on exorcism. He has been a practicing exorcist for several decades.

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  • patricia

    Wow father that is some story about the church and praying over a person. Thanks for the clarity in this issue. God bless always!

  • DonnaRuth

    In a slightly related stroy, I recall years ago during a Cursillo weekend a priest was preaching powerfully on the Seven Deadly Sins. There were a number of candidates on the weekend who were sceptical about Catholic Church teaching, especially about sin. Since I was the rector of the weekend, I sometimes had to leave the conference room to attend to admin duties, and left during this talk for several minutes. When I came back, I went to reach for the door handle and realized the entire door was shaking on its hinges. When I touched the door handle, it was vibrating. There was no storm, or wind outside. I mentioned this to priest afterward, and he just smiled. He knew the spiritual warfare that was ensuing.

    • LizEst

      The priest’s smile spoke more eloquently than any spirited effort to convince you of such. Thanks for sharing DonnaRuth…and God bless you!

  • Erin Pascal

    Excellent story! thank you very much for sharing this with me. I wish I had the faith as strong as your father, that no matter what happens you remain strong. I always view God as my savior in spiritual or real life circumstance.