You've moved into a new home, and amid all the excitement and exhaustion of settling into a new space you notice some really strange disturbances that make you uncomfortable. A mental movie plays out in your head of all the Hollywood horror flicks that start out just like this. So what's your next move?
You decide to get your house blessed, but you're not Catholic, and let's face it, this religion is the go-to source when dealing with supernatural forces.
Yes, a non-Catholic can certainly call a priest and request a house blessing. The best and easiest thing to do is to simply call up the parish in closest proximity to where you live. Explain to the priest that your family isn’t Catholic but would like to have your home blessed for peace of mind. Because it is not at all an unusual request, no one will think that’s strange. The priest can give you details about the process so you’ll know what to expect.
A house blessing is a pretty common event that typically happens around Epiphany but Catholics also will have a house blessing if they move to new home (one never knows what previous residents may have foolishly invited in) or simply because they feel a need for it in the midst of personal or family difficulties.
As for believing in ghosts; obviously Catholics believe in things “visible and invisible” — the invisible meaning that which exists in the supernatural world, like the human soul, the communion of saints in heaven, angels, and demonic entities.
A philosophy professor at Boston College, has written, “The dead often do appear to the living and that there is enormous evidence of ‘ghosts’ in all cultures. There is no contradiction between ghosts and Catholic theology. Ghosts confirm, rather than refute or disturb, Catholic theology of the afterlife. Especially the very existence of a life after death, which is the main point skeptics dispute".
A very important point adopted by clergy is that if you think you have strange occurrences in your home DO NOT take it upon yourself to try and communicate with it or get rid of it yourself.
Remember, priests have an authority to bless and exorcise that other denominations simply do not. That is why people instinctively seek out Catholic priests for these matters.
A prayer of exorcism taught by St. Anthony
A Version of this article appeared on Aleteia
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