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Old 3rd November 2010, 03:19 AM
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what is the importance of having a blessed object like holy water at home or wearing a blessed object?
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Old 3rd November 2010, 12:26 PM
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what is the importance of having a blessed object like holy water at home or wearing a blessed object?

Sacramentals, such as holy water, blessed candles, religious medals, religious pictures (icons), etc. offer no inherent graces. Any graces obtained by the use of a Sacramental is from the faith and devotion of the person using them. But Sacramentals assist us in our devotion and worship of God. We are body and soul, not soul only, and so our worship requires some exterior acts and some exterior objects. We cannot confine our worship to the interior of the soul alone.
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Old 3rd November 2010, 04:44 PM
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Do they have an effect on demonic spirits?
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Old 3rd November 2010, 05:01 PM
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Do they have an effect on demonic spirits?

It is our devout use of blessed objects that turns fallen angels away, not the objects themselves.
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Old 3rd November 2010, 07:01 PM
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Hi Ron,

I am going back to my home country where my house has been empty for the last eight years, and starting next week I'll be living and sleeping there by myself every night, and it's location is out in the wooded and farm area.

So at the back of my mind there is this fear of ghosts or some unwanted creepy creatures at night visiting me inside my house, in my bedroom, or when I look out by the window into the dark surroundings.

But I am counting on the protection of my altar where there is the statues of Our Blessed Mother, of Saint Joseph, a 3-foot hanging crucifix with corpus and a large cross of Saint Benedict all blest by a Catholic priest about 15 years ago. So far everything went fine the last time I went there 8 years ago. But there is this common beliefs that evil spirits dwell in empty houses. But since
there is the presence of my blessed statues - I am counting in a hope that no evil spirits can ever dare to enter and dwell in my empty house. Am I fairly
reasonable to believe that those blessed objects repel any attempts by evil spirits to enter and dwell in my empty house? I hope not to experience a real
Halloween night in my own home, for sure.
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Old 3rd November 2010, 07:32 PM
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It is a superstition to say that evil spirits live in empty houses.

What protects a Christian and his home from fallen angels is prayer, self-denial, works of mercy, and the intercession of Mary and the Saints and holy Angels.

You can also say this prayer:

August Queen of Heaven!
Sovereign Directress of the Angels!
You received from God, from the beginning,
the power and mission to crush the head of Satan.
Therefore, we humbly beg you
to send forth your legions of holy Angels,
so that, under your direction and by your virtue,
they may pursue the fallen angels,
engage them on every side,
resist their arrogant attacks,
and drive them from here
into the abyss of eternal woe.
Amen.
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Old 3rd November 2010, 11:09 PM
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Ron,

how about adding salt to holy water,was the priest correct in saying that holy water is more effective if salt is added to it?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquire...-blessed-water
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Old 4th November 2010, 01:24 AM
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how about adding salt to holy water,was the priest correct in saying that holy water is more effective if salt is added to it?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquire...-blessed-water

Holy water is supposed to have salt, fragrance, and some of the ash from ash Wednesday (burnt palms from palm Sunday). But adding salt does not make it more effective. The effectiveness is based on the response of the individual person to the grace of God.

Sacraments have inherent graces. Sacramentals do not.
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