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“ 'The power of Christ compels you' and other clever exorcist catchphrases...” by Terrie M. Scott

Terrie M ScottI have not written a blog since our appearance on the new “Ghost Adventures: AFTERSHOCKS,” which aired., June 14, 2014. We were pleased to be one of the few locations asked back for a follow up. The Travel Channel has picked the rectory as one of the “most haunted locations in America.” Cool beans.

The GAC crew flew us to Las Vegas for the on air interview with Zak, and then the re-enactments were done here in Cincinnati. First class all the way. We have nothing but favorable things to say about our experience with Zak, Aaron, Nick and production crew of Ghost Adventures. They take this stuff seriously and treated us with the utmost respect.

Zak was happy to see that I was stronger and not as fearful as I was when he first met me. Which leads me to my next comment. I hope you all saw the pics online of further renovations at the rectory. Someone said to me recently that my renovations “raised eyebrows” because I said numerous times I am afraid to go in there.

Really? We acquired the rectory as a restoration project and I would THINK everyone would be tickled pink that renovations are alive and well at the rectory (no pun intended for what else dwells there). I would THINK efforts to save the building would be favorable, but there's no pleasing some people. Why are we renovating the rectory? Besides the obvious reasons?

Why go back to a place that scares us so much? It's called EMPOWERMENT. Think of it as “fear therapy.” You reach a point where you get tired of being scared, tired of living in fear, tired of trembling in a corner because you heard something growl next to your ear...

So, I hope the “Whimsical Fairy Lily” paint we used in the rectory is a collective “UP YOURS” to the negative energy in the place. But, yes someone did criticize our efforts.

I was also told that I shouldn't wear my heart on my sleeve in my posts, well it's a damn site better than walking around with your foot in your mouth. I can see your lips moving but all I hear is blah blah blah blah blah. I have always found that being open is far better than putting on a show where we'd need the Hubble telescope to find a shred of truth in it. Insert name here.

And, yes, you too can now be a certified demonologist in just a few short weeks with an internship in Hell. Have you heard about this? I can't even begin to address how irresponsible this is to encourage people to chase after demons or claim that after just a few weeks you are ready to perform exorcisms.

PLEASE NOTE - I have the utmost respect for the likes of Adam Blai, John Zaffis and other experienced demonologist. I know a lot of you DO just this sort of thing with great care. These comments are in NO way a reflection of you or directed towards you. And, I am sure even you would agree with the dangers of deluding someone into believing that after a few short weeks they are ready to perform exorcisms – the danger to themselves and those around them. Someone is going to get hurt.

I just don't think it should be packaged, slapped on lunch box and marketed like a new hobby. Granted, there might be some kick ass demon hunters out there, (go BUFFY!!), but let's be brutally honest the MAJORITY of US (including me) are NOT qualified and can in no way be prepared to become a demonologist in a few short weeks. It's absurd. I would think an extensive background in theology would be a must and years of training side by side with a experienced professional or approved clergy.

I'm all for pursuing paranormal hobbies and as Agent Mulder said, “The truth is out there.” But, geez people. Have some common sense. This is NOT Dragon*Con. This is REAL. Talk about putting people lives at risk. Save your money on the demonology certification (what the heck?) and buy some cool new ghost hunting gadgets instead.

I actually found this on one website that gives out Demonology Certification after you become a member for only $5. I quote “This program consists of 19 courses. Most courses have audio cassette tapes which are included in the tuition price.”

And, just what do those audio cassette tapes say, “RUN LIKE HELL!!!” How the heck do you train someone to be a demonologist with audio tapes? Do you play the tapes in REVERSE?

But I digress, it goes on to say: “Each course has an open-book, multiple choice test which must be passed with an 85% score. Should the student not receive an 85% score, he/she can retake the test.”

Oh, my bad, so it's not so easy. You actually have to take a multiple choice test. I'd hate to be the family who enlist the help of a demonologist that's demon chasing resume boost a score of 85% on an open book test. YIKES!

I am SURE arguments will abound on this topic, but if we REALLY believe in demons - which we do - then why on earth would you encourage a kid that stocks the shelves at Walmart or the local real estate lady to take on the Underworld or make people believe they are in ANY way qualified to perform exorcisms after a few weeks as one advertisement boasts.

Disclaimer: One of my closest friends and fellow animal rescuer is a demonologist. I have nothing but the utmost respect for her. She has been doing this for a very VERY long time. And, a close family friend also does this sort of thing. So I mean no offense or disrespect to those that are legitimately working diligently to helping families and people in need. I think it takes an incredible amount of courage, knowledge and skill to be a demonologist. These quickie courses making outlandish claims just trivialize a very serious issue.

AND, I am in no way saying these courses are without merit. Clearly, knowledge is power. So for informational purposes only they would be fascinating classes. But, let's draw the line there.

I think someone has watched “Constantine” a wee too many times. “Never fear, Exorcist Man is here” – a bunch of new Super Heroes. What's their theme song, “Highway to Hell?”

Go get 'em boys! Growl, scratch... Growl, scratch... repeat. YOU go first. I don't have to be the fastest, I just don't have to be the slowest. Please, don't try thisThe Power of Christ Compels You at home. And, what do you get? A free bottle of Holy Water too. Amen. Pass the demon, please.

Are we having fun so far? (sigh)

Movie news? There's been several paranormal based movies out since my last blog.

“The Quiet Ones” - everytime I see Jared Harris, who plays Professor Coupland – I think of him in “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” as Doctor Ashford. Love him in that role, so he can do no wrong. It had some scary moments in it.

“Oculus” Not a fan of mirrors that show scary people. I avert my gaze when I walk past mirrors in the Sedamsville Rectory, actually. I still do, even to this day. I grew up watching horror films and don't care to see some ghost or ghoul standing behind me. I pass.

“13 Sins” bizarre and scary.

“As Above, So Below” had some pretty good scares. Not a good movie to see if you have issues with claustrophobia. Mental note to self: Before ever visiting the catacombs beneath Paris (which I think would be really cool) make peace with EVERYONE, in case you get separated from the tour or lost, and heaven forbid run out of batteries, provided you even have a flashlight.

“Dracula Untold” starring Luke Evans (Bard from “The Hobbit” - a shameless plug for my beloved Tolkien) looks AMAZING. Can't wait.

And, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Huh? GOTG is not a horror movie, you say? I know it's not. I just wanted to mention it because it's one of my favorite movies EVER. Love it, love it, LOVE IT.

Wrapping up - (only because I am tired )

Tim is doing much better. I am doing much better. It is unsettling doing renovations there. You hear things. You see things... And, we DO get scared. Very scared. But, as I said, empowerment. Be a light in dark places, as I pour over color samples for the upstairs bedroom. Hmm, a little Lilac Mist will be a nice touch.

As always, a sincere thank you to everyone for your kind words and continued support. I mean it. You've all (well, most of you) have been just wonderful and we never expected the outpouring of support we have received these past years. We've gained some life long friends from this place and that means a lot. Wish I could give you all a hug... but that would be a bit creepy and crowded, huh?

Meanwhile as Tim signs up for his online demonology certification... till next time. Okie dokie.


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