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A Vivid Account of Exorcism Done at a Convent in Iowa 1928

Updated on January 29, 2015

A young girl was possessed. She and her family sought help from the Church. As she was being transported by train and bus to get to the convent where the exorcism was to be held, the priest who was to pick up the woman was almost killed in a car crash. When the exorcism was to take place, they decided to have it in a convent. The priest doing the exorcism was old and had experience. He knew that if many people were present, it would be more difficult to do. All the people who were present: nuns, priests, and lay people allowed had to confess daily. This was a protection against the devil who knows our unconfessed sins. Now a person can be possessed usually by more than one or many demons. These can be damned souls in hell who were former humans, or damned angels, and Lucifer himself. When the exorcism is being done, Lucifer himself will be in the person at that time, even if he wasnt' the entire time. He fights to the death and even will try to kill the priest and anyone present.

It is customary for the possessed person to do unnatural things like throw up in large amounts, spewing preferrably on the priest, to moan very eerily like a demon, to move in unnatural positions, and quote Latin or languages they otherwise would not know.

What's really cool, is because the priest, in the name and power of the Catholic Church, can actually make the devil answer questions and obey him, in the name of Jesus!! He will ask the devil things like "Why did you possess this person?" and one time a demon in the girl said it was her father and that he went to hell and he had cursed his daughter and that was why she became possessed. (There are reasons why people become possessed thru no fault of thier own).


The exorcism was successful, but it is common for the devils to possess a person again. Often when a person is possessed they can speak for themselves and say how tormented they feel or in this case, the girl had loved to go to Communion very often, and whilst she was possessed, the demon in her would make her not want to go, or prevent her from being able to go. The devil is let's say "uncomfortable around the Holy Eucharist" just as he is uncomfortable around anything holy. The priest giving exorcism uses the host to ward off the devil, as he used the crucifix. One time during the exorcism in Iowa, of which I've been speaking, the priest or someone held a crucifix which was made of some material other than wood. In this case, the devil laughed, interestingly enough, and said that it had no power because the real cross Christ died on was made of wood.

The priest, who is doing the exorcism has to be of good health and spiritually very strong because an exorcism can go on for days or even weeks. And it's emotionally, and mentally exhausting for all involved. In fact many priests are reluctant to perform exorcisms. Often it is an older, wiser priest with experience. But priests do perform exorcisms, mainly to rid a person of demons, which torment the person terribly. Source: Begone Satan by Carl Vogl

On many statues of Mary, It shows her standing on a serpent which is a symbol of satan, the snake who in the book of Genesis in the bible, tempted Eve and she committed the first sin called original sin which cursed the human race.

Then when Jesus came, he relieved us of that curse by dying on the cross, and shedding His blood for us, to pay for our sins, so that all we have to do now, is to accept Him as our Savior and thank Him and start obeying Him by following what He taught while He was alive which is in the bible. But anyway, Jesus of course has won the victory for us over the devil by saving us.

Mary his earthly mother has also been instrumental in our salvation by accepting the role of the mother of God, of Jesus. So by that reason alone, the devil feels most defeated by her, because she is human and he feels very ashamed by that fact! So he cringes to hear her name. One short prayer you can say is:

"Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our death Amen"

Other short prayers are, "Jesus, Mary, I love you, save souls" "My Jesus, My confidence" "Our mother of perpetual help!"

The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amoung women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

One of the most powerful prayers against the devil is this one:

St. Michael prayer

St. Michael the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou oh prince of the Heavenly host, by the divine power of God, cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits who wander thoughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Some of the many Catholic devotions which are said to be helpful in deterring evil and promoting conversions, purity, and virtues are:

  • the brown scapular
  • the rosary
  • the 3 Hail Mary's devotion
  • The 5 first Saturdays devotion
  • The 9 first Fridays devotion
  • the green scapular
  • the miraculous medal
  • the St.Benedict medal

The first 5 Saturdays devotion is to go to Mass, confession, and holy communion for the 1st Sat of 5 consecutive months to honor Our Lady.

The first 9 Friday is to go to Mass, conffession, and holy communion for the 1st Friday of 9 consecutive months to honor Friday-the day Our Lord was crucified-Good Friday.


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    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Kenneth Ray,

      I just saw The Rite today, and it was really really great. It's a very accurate portrayal actually of exorcisms , IMO. I loved it, I find it inspiring actually.

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      Ken McGonigal 

      7 years ago from Maple Ridge, BC

      Have you seen the new movie "The Rite" ?

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      I can't and I won't try to prove anything to you.

      Though I've wondered about God too, because of some nonbeliever's influence.

      I have reason to give up, as my bipolar has been difficult (putting it mildly) for 18 yrs now


      God doesn't always fix or get rid of people's problems though I'm sure He watches over them faithfully-as you say. He tends to let some suffer to change them and mold them into what they should be and can be.

      yeah, this world is often a shetty one...yes, I swear sometimes, I belive we should do all in moderation and not push ourselves beyond our own means. If you know what I mean.

      perhaps if you spent some time doing some spirtitual things you'd get a better sense of what you lost or should re embrace.

      Wishing you blessings


      ps- there are still good people in the world :) Why you have bad experiences could be a factor of many things. Keep seeking-and you'll find. [If that makes sense]

    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Confused person spiritually? I guess you could say that to some extent I am. However, to be completely honest, I haven't been to church since I was a kid. Plus, when my parents got divorced, my father preached to me constantly how religion was a hoax, while my mother preached their was a god. Therefore, as I grew up, I have a mindset where I do believe there is a god out there, but I'm not a hundred percent sure. Heck, like i always say, we'll find out if there's a god when we're all dead. that's my philosophy on the whole matter.

      I used to believe in a god very strongly, but that was until my life got harder as i got older. you see, i used to believe god gave me strength to prove people wrong in the face of adversity and blessed me with many people that cared about me. however, as i've gotten older, whenever it comes to asking for help whether it be advice or just wanting to talk to friends on a usual basis, it seems like "life" itself laughs at me. At first making things so sweet and nice, then something will happen that will either cause my alleged friends to betray me or they'll ignore me completely. Or in some cases, i'll make a mistake, and they'll never forgive me or speak to me the same again. Plus, it seems like if i ask someone for help, it's like i might as well as them for a million dollars. yet if i refuse to help someone else, then im selfish and greedy. that's my life right now, and that's why i sometimes even question if being a nice guy is even worth it. sometimes, i feel like i should just be a jerk, as i wouldn't have to care about what others think anymore. however, a part of me continues to not to want to give up hope. i still don't know why.

      I guess some could argue that's a sign that god doesn't want me to lose my way, but other times I think it might be some petty egotistical mindset trying to justify a meaningless existence. As I said earlier, I don't know.

      Is there a god? I wish I could say for sure, but I'm sure if there's is one, then I'm sure he'll watch over those that follow him faithfully.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      Thankyou very much. Seriously though, I don't see how a satanic person would be useful in an exorcism, for why would they want to drive out a demon if they worship or like the devil? Anyways, though it did bring up some fond religious memories for me, and deep down I love the Catholic Faith- primarily the past Traditional Latin Mass. The new Mass is clearly a hoax to me in many ways.

      As for criminals being possessed, that's a new idea to me. I think it's very possible though, for if you are a Christian, all evil comes from the devil...

      So, Steven you seem to have a good "start" here, I see you as a 'confused' person spiritually, and I belive and pray you will find the truth as long as you seek it honestly and fervently. You have a very intelligent mind and even your avatar looks like a spirtual man. Keep up your search. And thanks truly for your comment. It truly is a mysterious subject,eh? :) ;-)

    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 

      8 years ago

      Quite an interesting hub on exorcisms. You really do seem to know a lot about it, so i take it you must be very religious. It's interesting you should write a hub about this, because I actually have a friend that told me she's done a few exorcisms herself. She's a wiccan, and she was telling me how either a priest or even a satanic priest could do exorcisms too when i told her about that movie, "last exorcism." apparently, she was telling that the key to it all is you have to have some divine force protecting you when you do the exorcism either via good or bad. I don't know how true that is, since last night was the first time she ever told me about that.

      Anyways, I do believe exorcisms are possible, but im not too sure to be honest with you. although my friend kerry did bring up a good point when she mentioned on how supposedly all these serial killers are actually possessed, but seldom few ever realize it. thinking about it in that context, i can see how exorcism exist today. sorry, i don't mean to ramble on like that, as im sure you have better things to do then to listen to me. lol

      anyways, i thought you wrote out a very good hub, and it was very informative. plus, it was a huge honor that one of mine inspired this one. :) keep up the good work

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Dean! I'm not at all afraid of the devil...I know some don't believe in him :) but it really stirred me up and my past knowledge came flowing when I read the other hub on exoricism!

      Thanks for reading, I'm not saying you personally don't believe, but I'm aware how "silly" this may/could sound to those who are not familiar!

      You are right, that I do have a firm backgound and grasp of spiritual things and I am passionate :)


    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      Isn't this a wonderful topic?! Yes you are right it is only God that has the power who can and will drive out demons.

      From what I know, the priest will act as a "witness" to "help" while this happens.

      Thanks very much for your comment and read!!

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      Thankyou very much for reading. I realize my view on this is "old fashioned" but so is "old" notion. :)


      yes! It is scary. Thanks for reading!


      Hey! thanks for reading! I am glad you found it interesting! It's quite mysterious,ey?

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks everyone for your comments! I'm honored I received 5 comments so quickly.

      This is a very interesting subject that came to me when I read another hubber's article or review on The Last Exorcism. It is scary really but also interesting. So, I recalled my knowledge from actually 20 yrs ago-when I read the book Begone Satan. I didn't mention that, but yes I have a good memory lol , and I do know quite a bit about spirituality, yes.

    • cheaptrick profile image


      8 years ago from the bridge of sighs

      Hi S G.I could feel the passion in your writing!You must have a well developed sense of spiritual things...that can be scary at times.Enjoyed the read,Thanks


    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      schoolgirlforreal: Hi its Dave. I enjoyed the story of the exorcism.But we have to remember it was just a movie story. The only one who has any form of power over satan or any of his followers, that might possess someone is God. The person of Christ Jesus is the only one who has authority over satan and his followers, and can command him out of a person. Jesus is the one who was crucified, Jesus is the one who faced death and eradicated it, Jesus is the one who defeated satan, and faced him in hell to prove to satan, Jesus was indeed the Christ. Only in the name of Jesus Christ, can satan be expelled from a human.

      Brother Dave.

    • quicksand profile image


      8 years ago

      That was an interesting article. I did not know much about exorcism. Thanks. :)

    • atienza profile image


      8 years ago from Northern California

      Exorcism is scary to me, informative hub though.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Interesting take on exorcism.


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