I was having a bit of a conflict with a cashier at work. We always banter back at forth, joking, sometimes kidding each other, but he sometimes says hostile things such as, “Cabdrivers are stupid” or,“You think you’re an expert mechanic; you don’t know anything.” I had oscillated from trying to befriend him to ignoring him. Last week we seemed to have a breakthrough and he opened up and told me a lot about himself, such as he wanted to be a professional soccer player but couldn’t get into college because he had to take remedial classes and then just gave up.
Then, when I saw him Thursday he was back to his old “cabdrivers are stupid, and you know nothing about mechanics.”
I was stewing over it for a few days, thinking of lambasting him with some of the personal things he had revealed to me. I was rehearsing in my mind what to say to him: things such as. “Cabdrivers are stupid? You couldn’t even get into college—a lot of drivers, including myself, have gone to college! Mr. expert!” I was really thinking of letting him have it; taking him down a peg. I also thought it might be better to just avoid talking to him; he is sort of a poison person.
Exorcism Prayer by St. Anthony
Then last night I saw this Exorcism Prayer by St. Anthony posted on Facebook:
Begone, all evil powers!
The Lion of the tribe of Judah,
The Root of David, has conquered!
I was riveted. What perfect timing, I thought. I’ll just say this prayer before I see him and say it to him when I see him. No further discussion. I practiced and learned the prayer. I said it a few times last night and today. Maybe this will drive the devil out of this guy because I sometimes think he is a devil. I was also still rehearsing some of my put-downs of him in case I changed my strategy.
Of course, the thought occurred to me many times, “You’re a Catholic and you are really not supposed to be putting anyone down. You can say things to correct someone’s behavior, but say it with love.”
I had a counter thought, “Yeah, but this guy is so proud and arrogant, someone has got to put him in his place. Knock him down a few pegs.” I realize this is just an excuse for anger, so I kept wavering between anger, silence, or the Exorcism Prayer.
As I plowed my Yellow Cab up Madison Ave. through a cold rain, I stopped at a red light and glanced down at my cell phone. Someone had posted a story about a demonic house, where a local priest had performed exorcisms, being torn down in my hometown of Gary, Indiana. How odd, I thought, that there would be two stories about exorcism in one day, not yet knowing that there would be yet a third.
Near the end of my shift last night something extraordinary happened. As I dropped a young woman off on Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn about 5 blocks from Calvary Cemetery where the Priest, who confirmed me in the Catholic Faith in 2008, worked as a teenager–this thought came to me, “Why don’t you help that cashier? Instead of lambasting him because he couldn’t get into college, why don’t you give him some hope and encouragement and offer some suggestions for how he could find out about careers online, and even get free instructions in areas he might want to pursue for a better job? He loved soccer, why not check out careers in sports medicine and physical therapy?” Duh?
This idea just seemed so right, so calming. I said a prayer of thank you.
A second thought came, “He seems to have drifted away from the Catholic Church. Help him to come back, and bring his wife and child with him. This is the most important thing of all.”
I then thought, “Well, let me first rebuild the friendship with the career suggestion, and if there’s an opening I’ll bring up religion. But let me rebuild the bridges that have been burnt first.” It seemed like a good plan.
Well, guess who my next customer was?—a guy who had been in sports medicine and knew everything about it. His destination?—back to Greenpoint and a stone’s throw from Calvary Cemetery.
The Lord doesn’t operate any plainer than that.
The Exorcism Prayer Worked On Me
I also realized that the Exorcism Prayer had worked—on me! It had driven out the demons in me, not the other guy. Oh, what a lesson I learned.
“And why behold the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:5)
When I did see the cashier later, I could see he was a little tense and defensive but when I offered my suggestions he really relaxed. We were friendly again in an instant. He wasn’t too interested in my suggestions but he started joking and we were kidding each other in a very good natured way. I have been thankful ever since.
The Lord is always right when he says that hostility and hurting others never works. Always use kindness, charity, and love.
Be careful with this Exorcism Prayer, it might work in ways you would never have dreamed of.