Nothing to Fear: An exorcist reflects on Armageddon
Patti Armstrong

The makings of Armageddon are afoot. According to the Book of Revelation, Armageddon will be the gathering of armies for a battle of good and evil during the end times.

Today our culture seems bent on forcing God’s hand. Daily we wince as the outrageous becomes the norm and humanity becomes the exception. Can End-times be far off?

Interviewing Father Vincent Lampert, the designated exorcist for the archdiocese of Indianapolis, I was curious what he thought about Armageddon.

‘I would go to Scripture,’ Father Lampert said and referred to Matthew 24:36. ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.’

‘God warns us not to get involved in the End Times,’ he said. ‘Instead, it’s important, every day, to live our life as God calls us.’ 

The end itself is not even something we should fear, according to him. If we are living our lives the way God calls us, then whenever He does call, He will find us worthy,’ he explained. ‘Talk of Armageddon often instills fear, but an authentic relationship with God is one of love and mercy.’

Fear is the enemy of true faith, Father Lampert pointed out. ‘I don’t think faith is authentic if we are living in fear,’ he said.

‘Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, but that is about being in awe of God. Worrying about the End Times is about the loss of hope, and it brings fear, and anxiety, and destruction. All of those things are contrary to faith.’

Although he fights evil head on, Father Lampert said his ministry is about restoring hope. ‘I do that as a parish priest as well,’ he said. It’s about helping people discover hope and joy and love.’

How does an exorcist and parish priest find peace and comfort during these times?
‘I always find my sense of solace in the fact that
God is in charge,’ he said. ‘It puts everything in perspective, and then the worry and fear dissipates.’

Putting God in charge gives us the strength not to let the world overwhelm us, Father Lampert explained. ‘The human person is made for more than this life,’ he said.

A relationship with God is what gives us true freedom. But freedom doesn’t mean we get to do whatever we want. It means having the freedom to be obedient to God. Otherwise we become slaves to our own passions.’

And when we have such a relationship with God, Father Lampert said we have nothing to fear.

 

Adapted and edited from ‘An Exorcist Talks About Armageddon’ by Patti Armstrong http://www.ncregister.com/blog/armstrong/an-exorcist-talks-about-armageddon BLOGS  |  AUG. 4, 2017

This article can be found in Mirror 0617.