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A Short Story
Written by Dr. Rick McGrath, Ph.D.

It’s amazing what you can find in a church. If you were to ask what are all the things you would find in a church, a demon probably wouldn’t make the list. One Sunday, Charlie and his family went to church just like any other Sunday. Charlie who was in charge of the little children’s ministry dropped off his young daughter Jodie and proceeded to the main sanctuary with his wife to participate in the service.

This wasn’t just any church, but a charismatic Catholic Church located in Southern California. On this particular Sunday, strange occurrences were about to take place. First, one of the assistants that was in charge for the day handling the children ministry came to the main sanctuary to seek Charlie’s help.

“ Charlie, Betty had to leave. She received an emergency phone call from home. Can you come over and give me a hand?” said Tina.

“Oh no problem,” replied Charlie. Charlie asked his wife to please understand and that he was going to slip away from the service to help Tina.

Within thirty minutes, Charlie’s wife came over and said, “They need you to come over and help. There’s an emergency going on.”

“What?” replied Charlie.

“Yes you need to come and you need to come right now!” exclaimed Charlie’s wife Mona.

“I don’t understand!” said Charlie.

“Look there is a lady over there and I think she is possessed! She's growling and saying strange things like everyone is going to die and perish in hell. Hevean is a lie," Mona responded.

“What?” “How can that be?” questioned Charlie. “Besides, let the Priest handle that. That’s his job!” exclaimed Charlie.

Charlie wasn’t your everyday Catholic man. No, not Charlie. He was a bible carrying mad man for Jesus. He breathed that bible of his and he believed every word in it too. With the way Charlie would tell it, you would think he belonged to one of the other churches, you know the ones. The Pentecostal or one of those other non denominational fundamentalist kind. In any event he was the one that you would turn to if something like this ever happened.

“Look!” said Charlie, “The Priest should be the one to do something. Maybe shake some holy water on her or something. What do they expect me to do anyway?”

“Charlie you get up and get over there. The Priest and everyone over there are afraid and they don’t know what to do. That’s why they asked me to come and get you,” replied Mona.“

"Tell me what did you see?” Charlie asked his wife.

It’s a black lady I’ve never seen before. She’s dress real funny. She’s wearing a shower cap on her head, bedroom slippers on her feet and she’s carrying a bowling ball bag for a purse and she’s swinging it around!” said Mona.

“What do you want me to do?” asked Charlie.

“I don’t know, just get over there and do your bible thing. Tell it to go away or whatever bible guys do,” replied Charlie’s wife.

As requested, Charlie finally decided to go over and see what he could do about the situation. He never experience a real live demon thing like this before. He just read stories so he was a little concerned, maybe bordering on afraid. The lady was in the front row right up front. Swinging her bowling ball bag around disrupting the service just like his wife said. Charlie couldn’t believe his eyes. A real live occurrence. Was it a crazy lady or was she really possessed, Charlie thought to himself.

Charlie, a well read man walked up to the lady and asked, “What’s your name?’

“I have many names,’ she said.

“Will you tell me one of them?” asked Charlie. “No!” exclaimed the lady.

“ I will tell you nothing. You are nothing, and you can do nothing!” growled the lady.

“ Well if you won’t tell me your name, at least come with me. I know what you are seeking," stated Charlie. Though at this point, Charlie was just winging it. He didn’t know what the lady wanted. He only wanted to get it out of the main sanctuary where no one would be hurt.

Once Charlie got the lady over to an adjacent building, Charlie started to go to work and do what Charlie does. His bible thing. “So tell me,” said Charlie. “Are you a demon or are you something else?”

At that very moment, the lady pointed her finger at Charlie and lightly touched him on the his forehead. As soon as her finger touched him, he flew across the room as if he was thrown.

“You tell me what I am!” exclaimed the lady.

“ I think you are a demon. No human could do that to me“, said Charlie now frightened and getting worried this may be to much for him.

In the meantime, Charlie’s wife called the Police to report the incident. It wasn’t long before one arrived. When he walked into the building where Charlie and the lady were, he saw Charlie holding the lady down on a chair she was sitting on. As the Officer got closer, he could hear the lady in a scary deep growling voice speaking some weird language. Looking at Charlie, he saw him speaking in tongues using all his might to restrain the lady. Charlie looked up and saw the Officer who was now terrified and unsure what he was seeing. Charlie heard the Officer on his radio calling for backup.

“Back up! I need back up here. Send everyone. I need back up. There are two crazy people talking in some strange language. Get me back up now!” exclaimed a terrified Officer.

Charlie shouted out to the Officer, No there’s nothing wrong with me. There’s a demon inside this lady and I hope your backup brings a straight jacket. She’s really strong!”

Fortunately two squad cars with four officers showed up. They carried her off and the lady with a demon was never heard from again.

Those that attended that day will never be the same again. Many were confused, some frightened, some believed she just went mad. But Charlie knew. Yes he knew and he knows there are many strange things that go seen and unseen in this world. Some have explanation and some there will never be unless you consider the hard to believe. Evil has a way of trying to discourage you from getting closer to the Lord.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe
“In my name they will cast out demons….

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Kathy Stewart 27 Jun 2012
This is a different story. I'm left wondering what the actual demon is in the church. If the priest is afraid and the police think Charlie is the demon, then maybe something unseen was awry in this church before the lady arrived? Is the faith in this church genuine? I don't know what a charismatic Catholic church is. Why do the parishioners assume the lady is possessed instead of mentally ill? Also, the dialogue is easier to follow if a new paragraph is started each time a different person speaks. I think that with some revisions this could be an engaging, fantasy story that deepens the reader's thinking about faith. Good luck!


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