St. Joseph, Terror of Demons

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“Saint Joseph is most powerful against the demons which fight against us.”
—St. Alphonsus Liguori

The demonic loathe the saints of God. Many saints, from St. Anthony the Great to St. John Vianney, engaged in fierce battles with demons. Some of those fights got physical. However, only one saint is called the Terror of Demons.

St. Joseph is justly hailed as a patron of the Church, the poor, the workers, and the Guardian of the Redeemer, along with many other titles. And in the Litany of St. Joseph, we address the humble saint as the Terror of Demons and Protector of the Church. All these titles and addresses we make to St. Joseph stem from his loving, fatherly nature. 

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As the father of the Holy Family, Joseph had a role to protect the Lord Jesus and His Mother. This protection sometimes meant fleeing his homeland and the rage of a wrathful king but it could also be spiritual. Joseph heard the voice of the angel telling him to flee and he listened. 

As a protector of the Holy Family, St. Joseph is often invoked against demons. Exorcist Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti recounts one instance in Diary of an American Exorcist when an afflicted person told him of their devotion to St. Joseph before an exorcism. Msgr. Rossetti and his team then prayed, “St. Joseph, pray for us. St. Joseph cast out the demons.” At the name of St. Joseph, the demons cried out in anguish, even once saying, “No. Not him.”


St. Joseph, Terror of Demons

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