From the cover of the book 'Exorcism: Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult', by Fr. Jose Francisco C. Syquia.
Walking toward the squat bungalow on a narrow street in Mandaluyong City (in the Philippines), the priest wondered why his
friend had requested "a lot of holy water" for the blessing.
book Exorcism: Encounters with the Paranormal and the Occult, Fr. Jose Francisco C. Syquia
mentioned the "preternatural demonic causes" of a "haunted" house.
"Occult and sinful activities" may lead "evil spirits" to find "a spiritual opening," said Syquia, the director of the Office of Exorcism of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Listed among the "magic sessions" that, according to Syquia
, lead to the demonic possession of a place are "Ouija board, tarot cards, spell casting and the like".
"Unless these activities are stopped, repeated sin and dealings with the occult can allow these spirits to have even more dominion within the home, as well as attract more evil spirits," he
said simple house blessings "do not suffice to drive... away" spirits who had attached themselves to houses used for occult activities.
said a haunting could also have a spiritual cause: "Someone died, was killed, or committed suicide in the house and now needs prayers, sacrifices and Masses."
In this case, family and friends can help by frequently offering prayers and Masses for the deceased, he
warned against calling on "agents of superstition" to exorcise a home.
Quoting the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, he
said: "If the occupants of the home should happen to make use of superstitious means condemned by the Church to rid themselves of the curse, they enter, though without knowing it perhaps, into communication with the powers of darkness, which then acquire fresh strength."
prescribed "blessed objects, like crucifixes on the door of every room, and the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary at the front part of the house."
"This manifests that the house belongs to God," he
said, adding that the family's daily praying of the rosary would also keep an atmosphere of peace.