The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
By Matt Baglio. Have you ever wondered if the devil really existed? You won't wonder any longer after reading the opening pages of The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. It is the true story of Father Gary Thomas, a parish priest in California, who is asked by Church leaders to travel to Rome for training in the rite of exorcism. Under the spiritual direction of Fr. Carmine De Filippis, Father Gary's eyes are opened to the darker side of our Catholic faith. Over a span of five years, we are taken on a journey of the battle between the lies and the deception of the evil one and the awesome power of God through the hands of the priest. I don't like to dwell on the devil, but I came away from this book with a greater awareness of the battle between good and evil and a deeper appreciation for our priests, the sacraments (especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation), and our Blessed Mother. In the end, God wins … and that's all that really matters. Softcover, 247 pages.