QUEZON City, Oct. 20, 2014—The University of the Philippines’ Student Catholic Action (UP-SCA) is set to hold an Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) on exorcism on Oct. 23, Thursday, 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. at SE111 of the UP School of Economics.
Entitled “Exorcism: A Discussion on the Existence of Evil from a Catholic Perspective in the Philippine Context”, the ACLE event will be facilitated by Fr. Jojo Zerrudo of the Holy Family Parish in Roxas District, Quezon City.
According to him, exorcism is a sacramental or an official prayer of the Church designed to drive away demons from persons, objects or places possessed or infested by them.
The talk is open to the public.
In his blog site senseofthesacred.blogspot.com, Zerrudo cites Matthew 10:1 as the Scriptural basis of exorcism.
The verse reads, “Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out…”
The priest explains Christ gave bishops and exorcists the power to cast out evil spirits (demons).
In doing this, Zerrudo stresses, these ordained men constantly invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, God’s “most humble of all creatures”, on whom was bestowed the singular dignity of crushing the serpent’s head.
“Those who have engaged in this ministry have constantly called upon Our Lady to assist them in casting out demons. And those who call on her do not call in vain,” writes Zerrudo.
He notes, “And so, when our Lord bestowed the authority to drive away evil spirits to his apostles who were mere human beings, he gave creatures of inferior nature the authority to cast out creatures of superior nature. In this way, the Lord humiliates the pride of Lucifier.’He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly’.”
The priest adds, “The humiliation of Lucifer began with the promise of the Woman who will crush the serpent’s head. Not only did the Lord give this sublime honor of crushing the serpent’s head to a human being who was created ‘lower than the angels’. He made the humiliation even worse by declaring that this human being be a Woman. (Raymond A. Sebastián)