Tobit is a wonderful story, full of good examples we can emulate. Tobit 6,2 is an incident regarding Tobiah which I will leave to you to read. The words of Raphael in 6,8 is our study here. :
“As regards the fish’s heart and liver, if you burn them so that the smoke surrounds a man and woman who is afflicted by a demon or evil spirit, the affliction will leave him completely, and no demons will ever return to them again.”
One get’s the sense this is meant for the broader audience and not just for Tobiah. It reads like a prescription for general use. In 8, we see it’s application and everything goes well for him and his new bride.
For decades I have been trying to persuade, with not much success, that there are also degrees of possession where symptoms are so mild they manifest as psychological disorders or typical temptations of bad behavior. I have seen at least two people in my life where I am convinced this to be true. They are people who make some attempts to change, make some headway and are happy for a very short time, but some power seems to reel them in to their misery and anti-social behavior. Lately for the first time, at a private homily by a young priest, he stated that he has witnessed such behavior in persons, and he had the suspicion that this was occurring.
So the question is, can we use this remedy for cases of possession in our times?
I am thinking a procedure along the same lines as the instruction by Raphael, but would add a confession and communion beforehand by the victim and asstant. The room would be blessed, and incense with the heart and liver burning. It would end by prayers to St. Michael and Raphael, and others appropriately selected.
Your thoughts are welcome.