Demonic Obsession?

Hello everyone. I am an eighteen year old female, and I THINK I just suffer from severe OCD. I am concerned, because I recently read about demonic obsession and am worried that I have that instead.

I get intruisive thoughts, and sudden urges to do violent things (that I know I wouldn’t do) and then I become worried that I would act on them.

Most of the time, however, I suffer with religious scrupulousity. I am always worried about whether I am an awful person, or if I am acting as a good Catholic.

I do not get nightmares that are common with diabolical obsession, nor do I have any strange hallucinations. It’s just the thoughts (which have never depressed me enough to want to commit suicide…well maybe once, but I spoke to my mom and I felt so much better). The thing is, I just want to grow closer to God when I feel these thoughts.

I am frightened that I have demonic obsession, though. Do you think this is irrational of me? Am I alright, and is it just OCD? Also, one thing that scares me the most is having to seek out an exorcist. Would someone with demonic obsession NEED an exorcism or is that only for possession?

Please keep me in your prayers and thanks in advance for any advice.

God bless.

You seem to be a very controlled person and all of a sudden thoughts of violence comes. Let those thoughts come and go.
No demoniac obsession.
We are enough bad to need the devil.

If you think it might be then get yourself a St.Benedicts cross and have it blessed, if possible by a monk but even if not any priest can use the formula from the quote in the next post to bless it. Wear it at all times except when bathing, when you put it on say the prayer on the back, its not in english but it goes like this:
May the cross of the lord be my light,
and the dragon be not my leader!
Away Satan! Entice me not with thy empty promises
for what you offer is evil, Drink thy own poison.

These are supposedly what St.Benedict himself said as he made the sign of the cross against demonic oppression or temptation.


From St Andrews Abbey Website.

[quote=Saint Andrews Abbey Website]The Medal of St. Benedict

St. Benedict blessed by God both in grace and in name, Patriarch of Western Monasticism, and founder of the Order which bears his name, was born in Nursia, Italy, in 480 and died in 547. As the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ was a chief object of devotion to the early Christians, so it was to Benedict. It was this devotion to the Cross, the sign of our redemption, that gave rise to the medal of St. Benedict, for devotion to the Medal of St. Benedict is above all else devotion to the sign of our salvation. The Saint often employed the sign of the Cross to work miracles and to overcome the devil and his temptations. From the earliest centuries after his death Benedict is represented bearing the Cross of Christ together with the Holy Rule.

The Jubilee Medal of St. Benedict represents on the one side the holy Patriarch holding in the one hand the cross, and in the other the Holy Rule. On the other side is shown a cross with certain letters on and around it. They are in reality ejaculatory prayers which may have been frequently in the mouth of St. Benedict himself. The letters in the angles of the cross, C. S. P. B., stand for the words: Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti. (The Cross of Holy Father Benedict.) On the perpendicular bar of the cross are the letters: C. S. S. M. L., They signify: Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux. ( May the Holy Cross be my light.) On the horizontal bar we find: N. D. S. M. D., that is, Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux. ( Let not the Dragon be my guide.) Around the margin may be seen: V. R. S. N. S. M. V. S. M. Q. L. I. V. B. These initials stand for the verses: Vade Retro Satana! Nunquam Suade Mihi Vana. Sunt Mala Quae Libas; Ipse Venena Bibas. ( Be gone, Satan! Suggest not to me thy vain things. The cup thou proffer est me is evil; drink thou thy poison.) These or similar words may have been used by St. Benedict when making use of the sign of the cross against the devil and his temptations.

Above the Cross we find the word PAX ( Peace), the motto of the Benedictine Order, to denote a blessing which the Medal brings upon the devout wearer. On the right side of St. Benedict is the poisoned cup, shattered by the sign of the Cross, which the Saint made over it; on his left we have a raven about to carry away a poisoned loaf of bread sent to the holy Patriarch. Above the cup and the rave stands the inscription: Crux S. Patris Benedicti. ( The Cross of Holy Father Benedict.) Around the edge of the same side are the words: Ejus in Obitu nostro Praesentia Muniamur. ( At our death may we be protected by his presence. Below we read: Ex S. Monte Casino. MDCCCLXXX. Abbey of Monte Cassino, 1880.)

No special way of carrying or applying the Medal is prescribed. It may be worn about the neck, attached to the scapular or the Rosary, or otherwise carried about one’s person. It may be dipped into the water or medicine to be given to the sick: or it may be applied to their wounds. Often it is placed in the foundations of houses, hung over the doors or on the walls of dwelling places, stables, barns, or attached to automobiles, to call down God’s blessing and the protection of St. Benedict, and the power of the Church’s blessing. Also no particular prayers are prescribed, as the devout wearing itself is a continual silent prayer. If, however, some extraordinary favor through the use of the Medal is sought, one may make a novena or triduum, making each day the Way of the Cross, or reciting five Our Fathers and Hail Marys in honor of the five wounds of our Lord, and saying some prayers in honor of St. Benedict. In time of temptation, it is advisable to hold the Medal in one’s hand, kiss it reverently, and make use of the ejaculatory prayers on the Medal.

The only medal in existence the blessing of which the church has honored with a special exorcism and in the Roman Ritual, is the Medal of Saint Benedict. As in the case in all her greater blessings, the Church begins by exorcising the medals to be blessed, in order to withdraw them from the influence of the evil spirit. Next follows the blessing proper. The following is a translation of a shorter form for blessing the Medal of St Benedict. This blessing must be done by a Benedictine to obtain the full benefits of the medal.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

I exorcise you, O medals, by God the Father + Almighty, who made heaven and earth and all things that are in them. May all the power of the enemy, the entire diabolical host, all the assaults, all the illusions of Satan be removed and expelled from these medals: that they may be conducive to the health, both of mind and of body, of those who shall use them: In the name of the Father + Almighty, and of Jesus + Christ, His Son, our Lord, and of the Holy + Spirit, the Paraclete, and in the charity of the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. Amen.

Let us pray!

Almighty God, giver of all good things, we humbly beseech you that, through the intercession of Saint Benedict, you will impart to these medals your + benediction: in order that all who carry them and earnestly strive to perform good works, may deserve to obtain health of mind and body, the grace of sanctification, and the indulgences granted to us; also that they may endeavor, with Your merciful help, to escape all the snares and deceits of the devil, and my be able to appear holy and stainless in Your sight. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

I think that exorcism is for possession. Demonic obsession is a deeper form of attack, so regular Sacraments and the St Benedict medal, holy water, and the Rosary can help. It can also be OCD, or a combination of OCD and demonic attack, who knows! However whatever it is: if this is making you want to avoid sin more, if it’s making you come closer to God rather than sin, - then God is using this trial to help you spiritually, even though the origin of temptation is something else. So don’t worry and just don’t consent to any of these thoughts, if you don’t consent at all, then they’re just temptations. Talk to a good priest and go to Confession with him regularly and maybe find a spiritual director, who can help you and guide you through the scrupulosity; that’s really the best way to overcome it, - having the advice of a priest helps you to focus outward, rather than inward on your thoughts/feelings. Don’t focus on them, but on what’s in your will.

God bless :slight_smile:

Go see your priest and tell him everything. My guess is that you are suffering from scrupulosity, not demonic obsession/oppression. The reason you should see your priest is that he can listen to your story and note if any of the earmarks of diabolical influence are present. In most cases, they are not, which means the person is suffering for other reasons. The other reason to go to your priest is to receive a blessing and reassurance. Frequent the sacraments…got to confession regularly and receive Christ in the Eucharist as often as possible.

Thank you for your response…it has really helped me quite a bit. My main problem right now (and this is probably my OCD talking), if I do not seek a priest right away, could something dangerous happen to me? Is it possible to just pray, say the Rosary, and go to Mass regularly (which I do anyway) first? I just feel uncomfortable talking to a priest about this, but if it is dangerous or something, then I will.

You probably won’t be less uncomfortable later, I would go to see a priest. As for something dangerous happening, trust in the Lord and remember that God is more powerful.

Getting proper diagnosis and treatment for your presumed OCD will go a long way toward solving this problem. Please see your medical doctor for assistance.

Sweet Friend, Made me empathetic to your suffering.

I would pray to your Guardian Angel, and to St Michael the Archangel who fights for us against all evil. And like a person said have relics around you blessed by a Priest.

I hope I don’t get in trouble by saying this but some of the things you mentioned can possibly be, not sure mind you of manic bipolar. Anything can trigger these outbursts. I would also go to a Counselor to find out if these things can be chemical imbalance or whatever.

I applaud you for wanting to be closer to God which we all strive for till the end of our days. May God heal your mind, body and know that He is always close to you when you struggle.

I will pray for you…And may God Bless you!



**Holy Michael, the Archangel ,
defend us in battle .
Be thou our protection
against the wickedness and snares of the devil .
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray ;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host ,
by the Divine Power of God, cast into hell ,
Satan and all other evil spirits,
who wander through the world ,
seeking the ruin of souls .
Amen . :knight2:

Lord Almighty, Creator of all life,
Thank You for creating the angels.
As dedicated and faithful servants,
They instantly act upon Your commands.
Please direct Your angels to assist me,
Ensuring the accomplishment of Your work,
In accordance with Your Divine will.
Always rekindle my mind to remember
That Your angels are available to me
As restrainers of diabolic obstacles.
Thank You Lord for Your auspice!
Your kindness is infinitely good! Amen

We ask O Great Physician, for spiritual, physical, and emotional healing. For the suffering of the world that are meeting disasters at their homes, those who are having to endure the heat, cold, demonic thoughts, homeless, elderly and trials and tribulations. You of both flesh and spirit.
May we spend all of our days in your healing presence
You the eternal Son born for us
Grant us the healing benefits of your Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection
You who are true God and true man
Grant us your true life in the midst of death
You, the true life in death
Grant us to follow your example and that of your Blessed Mother
You, from both Mary and from God
May our suffering be for our growth; free us, we pray, from that which we cannot bear
We ask You, O God the Word who became man to suffer
We ask you to grant us this healing if it brings us closer to you,
Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen :highprayer::gopray2:**

I don’t know anything about demonic obsession, but I have experienced intense fantasies of violence. Growing up I had depression, and around highschool time I started feeling angry. Sometimes I would fantasize about the most violent things imaginable. I never acted on them, because I loved God. At this time I was going through Confirmation classes. Anyways, I just kept praying, and asking God for the feelings to go away. Overtime I stopped fantasizing. Sometimes even now thoughts will creep up, but I don’t entertain them. Whenever a violent thought comes to mind I acknowledge it, and then ask God for help, and then I think of something different. The most important thing is to not dwell on them. Something pops into your mind, change your thoughts immediately!

Everyone else on here had awesome advice! I would do all of that. And of course trust God that he is in control, and that he loves you.

There’s a book you can get on Amazon, that talks about the 6 types of demonic oppression, with demonic possession as one of them. The author states that just by doing an Exorcism, will determine whether or not that you are possessed. If you are not possessed during the Exorcism, then nothing will happen, and you can go on being yourself, however if something does turn-up during the Exorcism, then they will grill you more. It may take many sessions before they can cure you.

Oh yeah, that book is called, “An Exorcist tells his Story”.

Just a friendly reminder all…solemn exorcism is not something that one should attempt on one’s own. The Church has very specific rules about when and how the rite should proceed and who may conduct it. The local bishop must give his approval, and that is rarely given. Only when all other possibilities have been eliminated is permission given, and then only to a specific priest of the bishop’s choice. This is not an area for amateurs. Also, be cautious not to let the entertainment industry’s current fascination with the subject cause you to spend too much time thinking about this. In other words, don’t give Satan the satisfaction. Here is a link to a video by The Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois that may help clarify the matter.

Exorcism is Only One Tool in the Church’s Struggle Against Evil
Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki,
Bishop of Springfield in Illinois

Yes, Exorcisms are reserved to the ordained as of at least the fourth century in the west, but you may make prudent use of deliverance prayer.

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