Priests urged: Be better instruments, get healed
Sanctifying one’s imagination and memory keeps one from being distracted during mental prayer and protects oneself from the attacks of the evil one, according to Albaquerque-based Exorcist Fr. Gregory Thomas Clark, O.P. As the main speaker of the 3rd National Conference on the Ministry of Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism, he gave a talk on the “Spirituality of An Exorcist” held at the University of Sto. Tomas, Aug. 20, 2018. MINNIE AGDEPPA
By Minnie Agdeppa
Sept. 20, 2018
Amid the controversies facing the Catholic Church today, a priest invited fellow priests to become better instruments of God by bringing their wounds to Jesus, during a conference held at the University of Santo Tomas on Aug. 20.
“Having your wounds healed, united to Our Lord, helps you to be the presence of Jesus to their wounds. So they can find healing, hope, and new life in those wounds,” said Fr. Gregory Thomas Clark, O.P., main speaker of the 3rd National Conference on the Ministry of Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism. “By His stripes, you are healed. By our wounds, we will assist men,” he stressed.
According to the priest, it is from one’s wounds that the mercy to work with others comes.
Wounds that contaminate
“If your wounds are foul and festering, it will contaminate the person you are sent to assist,” added Clark.
Explaining further memory as man’s “important faculty”, the exorcist noted that mental prayer is affected by one’s imagination and memory, and that it is in one’s memories that one’s wounds are hidden. The evil one targets these wounds, he said, to prevent one from praying and from relating to others.
“One of the most important things is to have Our Lord heal your memory. You allow Him to take direction on this in your mental prayer,” he underscored. “Our Lord is very much attracted to our wounds. It’s for our wounds that He came. In our wounds are found His wounds.”
According to Clark, “every one has wounds” and that “it is just a part of being human.” But one shouldn’t stop there, he said. Wounds should be brought to God for healing, Clark explained, for one to become an instrument of healing for others.
“And so the wounds that you have experienced in life…You invite Our Lord and Our Lady to those events and have Our Lord place His own wounds on ours and have Him claim them, heal them, redeem them,” he instructed.
‘Signs of glory’
According to Clark, doing so would stop the wounds from becoming “leverage for the evil one” and instead become “signs of glory.”
“The evil one knows what they are (wounds). Giving them to Our Lord brings tremendous freedom and makes you such a better instrument in His hands,” he ended.
On its third year, the National Conference on the Ministry of Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism brought together the bona fide members of the Philippine Association of Catholic Exorcists (PACE) comprising 52 dioceses from the country for a retreat workshop as a form of deepening spiritual formation. PACE teams up with UST and the Archdiocese of Manila’s Office of Exorcism (AMOE) annually to hold the event.