As a former neo-pagan, I should have seen this coming.
My step-son (13 years old and was abused by a former step-father) is having some serious issues. He claims to be bothered by a spirit that visits him in his room several nights a week. It has spoken to him once, saying one word to him. “Help”. There was also an incident where he saw a faceless ‘spectre’ (for lack of a better word) outside his window. His step-father investigated but found nothing outside to indicate anyone or anything was there. He has tried to tell his mother and their family about this problem but they laugh at him.
He is having problems with nausea and vomiting to the degree that he has been hospitalized twice. He is in hospital right now having a nasogastric tube placed and is under observation. They can find no medical cause for the illness.
He came to me for help and information about the Catholic church a few weeks ago. (His mother’s family is Southern Baptist). He knows my spiritual and religious background.
I gave him some Holy Water and a blessed prayer card of St. Michael and instructed him to use this whenever the bothersome spirit showed up. He says he did, but it had no effect.
His mother has forbidden him to attend mass with us until she can further investigate the church and satisfy herself that we are not exposing him to anti-christian practices.
I am at my wits end. I want to help the boy. I, too, suffered from spirit visitations my entire life. If prayer and Holy Water are not working, what else is there? I would take him to my priest, but with his mother being difficult and believing us to be doing something that might hurt him spiritually, I am at a loss.
Any ideas about what this thing could be? Or, what I can do to help him?