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Week of November 17, 2008
Traditional spark flaring
Priest witnesses Catholic renewal and ongoing fight against devil, curses
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
“The devil is working overtime in our society.”
“I know all of heaven is open and looking down,” he said, noting that the angels of the Lord were coming down, imparting supernatural grace.
After blessing the various sacramentals and celebrating Mass, Machado prayed for those kneeling at the altar rail by laying on of hands and by pressing the Blessed Sacrament inside a monstrance against their heads.
He also brought word of Mother Angelica, the nun who founded EWTN 30 years ago and has recently suffered a stroke. Since her stroke she has good days and bad days, he said, and on the day Machado visited she could not get up.
But Machado said she had a “great disposition,” and was “as alert, as sharp and as feisty as ever.”
He said he smelled roses in her presence even though there were no roses in the room.
Describing her as “one tough bird,” he said she spoke in a whisper, but she does not need to say much.
Machado said Mother Angelica “had such tremendous attacks from below” as she and her nuns built the network. They heard noises and objects moving and other manifestations of the demonic, he said.
What you see in them is their joyful persistence in prayer, he said. “They see the power of Christ and the communion of saints.”
“The angels are here, your patron saints are here,” he said. “We should call upon them.
“God has given them to you to help you.”
“There is such great joy in heaven when we show confidence in the Lord,” he said.
He also said that when we invoke God’s blessing for loved ones in purgatory “they feel it.”
The more we pray for them, the more we love them, and they more they love us and pray for us, he said.
“When was the last time you had a personal relationship with your angel or your patron saint?” he asked.
“Father this is the age of the angels,” he said Mother Angelica told him.
She also said. “Father, you can know the great joy of the angels who are here because you are invoking them.”
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