Friday, May 27, 2011

The Catholic Defender: Welcome To Fright Night

As Peter Vincent and Charles Brooster stood near the bottom of the stairway, Jerry Dandridge walked to the top of the stairway looking down at the two men.

Full of confidence, Mr. Dandridge welcomes the two men with, "Wecome to Fright Night, for real".

The suspense begins to build as good is totally in the presence of pure evil.

This is a fight for survival and the victor live to fight another day.

Fearfully, Peter Vincent pulled out his crucifix and stood before Mr. Dandridge who walked towards Peter Vincent and said, "You have to have Faith to work against me Mr. Vincent, Vampire Killer".

As I watched this movie, I couldn't help think of the many simularities that the historic story of Count Dracula has with real life.

Sunlight can kill vampires which reminds me that Christ is the light of the world, his light shines upon the darkness vanguishing away the evil. Holy Water, blessed Sacramentals can hurt vampires as well.

When there is a true demonic possession demons manifest supernatural knowledge of blessed objects and resent it bitterly. The crucifix represents the Lord's victory over death which the vampire cannot overcome.

Satan cannot overcome the light. Vampires represent the damned and the unholy so those objects that are holy have an affect.

The crucifix is important at exorcisms and that is by no accident. Good will always prevail over evil if we have the faith to get us through.

To finally place a wooden stake through the heart destroys the one who takes blood to live on. Jesus offered his blood on behalf of all mankind, the vampire kills for blood to keep themselves alive.

Genesis 32:24-27 states, "And Jacob was left alone; and a man (angel) wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.

When the man (angel) saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and Jacob's thigh was put out of joint as he (angel) wrestled with him.

Then he (angel) said, 'Let me go, for the day is breaking'.

But Jacob said, 'I will not let you go, unless you bless me'.

And he (angel) said to him, 'What is your name'?

And he said, 'Jacob',

then he (angel) said, 'Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed".

I thought it was interesting that the angel was concerned that daylight was coming! Many of these older stories would have a biblical base of good and evil.

As I continued to watch this thriller called "Fright Night", the vampire, Jerry Dandridge, tried to defeat Peter Vincent but in the end, could not overcome the protection of God.

I was intertained watching the movie, but I also had the feeling of evil being defeated in my own living room.

Sin lurks in the darkness, so we can see why evil hates the light.

In real life, sometimes the outcome is not as apparent, yet, if we have Faith in God, we will prevail. Prayer, especially the Rosary, are important weapons against darkness and sin. Sacramentals are occasions of Grace that God can use.

Heaven is our true objective and we should never allow the darkness and evil to tempt us away from the Catholic Faith.

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