[quote="InspiritCarol, post:1, topic:223094"]
My husband asked me to post this. Personally, I don't think it matters in the long run and I prefer to not spend any extra time considering demonic activity; however he's an engineer and wants to know whys and wherefores, etc. SO, here goes.
We have demonic activity (fairly extensively documented). We're working with the Archdiocese on resolving the problem. That's not the issue. What my husband wants to know is, when our yet-to-be-blessed sacred objects disappear, are they taken away, physically, or is it a case of them conveniently being thrown out or something along those lines? This has happened on multiple occasions with such things as St. Benedict medals and prayer cards, etc.
In other words, do demons have the ability to disappear/remove/destroy things; or are they just moving them to strange places in the house?
Please, if you don't believe in demons, that's fine. I'm not looking to convince you or be convinced by you.
I'll tell a story about a ghost, but I'm not going to answer the question directly because I don't know. Secondly I assume you've ensured these things aren't happening because of human activity (somebody playing a practical joke, thieves, kids getting into the cupboard etc).
I used to be Presbyterian. The wisest and most prophetic man I've met was my first "Presbyterian" pastor. In fact he was Methodist by training.
If he said he thought something would happen it usually did. At one stage we were talking in his office, and he commented, "I think you'll be doing a cleaning job. You won't like it much, and you won't be doing it for long, but I think the Lord will just want you to hear about a ghost."
That would have been around 1990/91 since he died in 1992. Now even though I knew him well by that time and knew how accurate his predictions were, I thought that was way over the top. But in 2006 I was doing a cleaning job for a short time, and I admit I didn't like it much (split shifts, travelling 600 kms a week to do the work and so on).
However I was being shown around an old store in Ipswich west of Brisbane, when the young bloke who had been doing the cleaning previously suddenly remarked, "This place is haunted". I said, "What?"
He went on to say that he thought somebody had committed suicide in the 1890's or so. I talked with staff later, and they said the 1960's, which I think is more accurate. Apparently a former manager had hanged himself downstairs.
Anyway he claimed that one night when he was there, all the stock along one complete row of shelves just leaped up and landed on the floor. At other times he said he could push a very heavy buffer with his little finger. Something was pushing it along with him. He said he didn't like being there after 7pm, when it was shut up.
When I was there I used to get quite positive vibes, to be honest. I think that was the suicide's punishment - to be bound to that store till he was released. I finally got around to phoning the priest at Ipswich and told him the story, and asked if he could get a mass said for the suicide. Unfortunately I couldn't give him a name, and I don't know if he took me seriously or not.
But if the young cleaner was right, then the ghost had the ability to make the stock jump off the shelf and push around a 200 or 300 pound buffer just to scare him, thus amusing himself for a few minutes.
When Christ fed the 5000, quite a lot of food was created. This bypassed the E=mc^2 rule, as normally that energy would have needed to be extracted from the local system. At Fatima in 1917, when the ground and clothes of the witnesses suddenly dried after days of rain, scientists have calculated the energy required was of the order of a 2 megaton bomb. They should have all be vaporised, but they weren't.
In other words, the spiritual world or beings have the ability to circumvent the rules of this world if they want to. They don't normally seem to do so, but the latent ability is there.
But if your husband wants to do research on the matter, he's going to have to come to a working arrangement with God or the devil. I'm afraid they're the only ones who can tell him how they do it.