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Not every haunting is caused by malevolent or diabolical entities. These types of hauntings typically involve more benign activity but can still be quite frightening. Although no one can say for sure why human spirits end up not “moving on”, the fact remains that sometimes they do not. One theory is that these spirits are currently undergoing a portion of their purgatory here on earth and are given a special grace from God to attract the attention of us in this earthly world. Perhaps they have no one to pray for them and God, in his mercy, allows them to make their presence known to others so that prayers will be said. After all, most people who witness paranormal events in their lives automatically begin to pray. This is only theory. (See the article, Seven Kinds of Ghosts for more information on the different types of manifestations.)
As mentioned in the “Seven Kinds of Ghosts” article, sometimes demons do pose as human spirits. Some of the reasons for this are illustrated in the essay titled, “Demonic Deceptions” located on our sister website, Online Spiritual Warfare Center.
If you experience non-violent hauntings we advise that your first seek the help of your local clergy to pray with you and bless the house. If you find that your clergy are unable to deal with your situation, contact us and we will do what we can to help you. As a self-help method, follow the advice and prayers below:
Special Note: NEVER attempt to contact or talk to a spirit. You can pray for the situation, but under no circumstances should you attempt contact these spirits through any means. This includes consulting psychics and mediums, using a Ouija board, or asking questions of the spirit. You can make your problem far worse if you do not heed this advice. Your only recourse should be prayer. Prayer for the human soul is the best first method to try.
Here is a simple prayer that can be offered for the human soul. Please note that it will likely not be enough to say it only once. Rather, continue to pray it until the activity in your residence stops:
Lord Jesus, master of all things created and Creator of all things, I ask for your mercy on the poor soul in this place who still suffers here on Earth. In Your goodness, Lord, You have allowed this soul to make it's presence known so that (he or she) can obtain the necessary graces to enter into Your kingdom. Look now Lord, with Your eyes of mercy, upon this creature whom You love and allow them to experience the joy of Your presence for all eternity. Amen.
Here is one more prayer that you may find helpful in dealing with human spirits:
Heavenly Father, I offer you the most precious body and blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with all the Masses being said this day throughout the world, for all the holy souls in purgatory, and especially for the soul of the person who dwells in this home. Amen.
It may also be helpful to have a Mass said for the individual. The Mass is the most powerful prayer God has given to us. Since you will unlikely know the name of the person who is haunting, simply state to the priest that you would like to have a Mass offered for an unnamed departed soul; God knows the poor soul's name.
If praying for the poor human soul haunting your property does not seem to work, even after a Mass is offered for the person, or events change to indicate a suspicion of a demonic spirit instead, or the situation turns into a violent haunting, a different approach may be needed. Please review article on Violent Hauntings if things turn violent. Review our Prayers page and the Seven Steps to Self-Deliverance page as needed. Give us a call if you need assistance.