Friday, March 4, 2011
Charlie Sheen; Is he possessed by the devil or just a man crushed under the weight of his own weaknesses?
The first time I remember seeing Charlie Sheen was on Ferris Bueller's day off. For many teenage girls growing up in the 80's Sheen was the attractive bad boy that was dangerous but in an exciting way because he seemed to know himself and he seemed to exude a confidence that all of us lacked. His character was a criminal that wore leather and chains, with spiked hair and smoked pot. He was the voice that said "go for it". Well, it seems that Sheen likes to be type casted, which means take roles that reflect his real persona.
Charlie Sheen, whose family name is taken from Arch Bishop Fulton Sheen is in desperate need of Arch Bishop Sheen's intercession.
As the lead actor in 2 ½ men, on CBS sitcom, he played a man living a life of pursuit of pleasures of the flesh. His character was one that shirked responsibility used his intellect to rationalize away any guilt or shame that his God given conscience may ever have tried to speak up against when he profaned the bodies of many women through sexual sin as well as his own. His character used alcohol to excess as well as sexual intimacy outside of the covenant of marriage for which union and communion of our bodies are intended and many of us tuned in every week to laugh right along with the audience.
His show was so successful and why not as it mirrored his own life as well many of our own lives that Charlie fetched two million dollars an episode. He is the highest paid actor in Hollywood for a single show. Now after 8 season of Charlies consent of his own free will to live out a life of lasciviousness is it any wonder that he has been overcome by darkness. Even his appearance has been drastically altered to anyone who has the eyes to see. For any of us who have ears to hear Charlie has revealed to us, what has been brought to bare on his life.
It is more of a whom than a what we are talking about. If we as Christians believe we are to use the bible to discern good from evil then and only then does the frightening reality of what is happening within and to Charlie Sheen become visible. There are many ways for a person to invite demonic influences into their lives, either by willingly living a sinful life, practicing or dabbling in occult practices, a curse or by engaging in satanism. Some of the signs that someone is dealing with or is in the presence of a person to whom the enemy is attached in some way can be knowledge of the unknown. Although Mr. Sheen did not reveal any truth that would be considered unknown to a common person he certainly alluded to being in possession of superior intellectual gifts and abilities as demonstrated in his multiple radio and television interviews. His most notable are the February 24, 2011 radio interview on The Alex Jones Show and his February 28, 2011 interview on the Today show from his 20/20 interview.
One example is when he claimed to have the brain that was 10,000 years old and not of this terrestrial realm. He described his intellect as being so beyond what any average person has that he has a highly evolved brain and has healed himself of his addictions by closing his eyes and making it so.
He describes this healing of himself by saying that “I have come back from a different place. I've just answered a different calling and it happened in a blink of an eye. I blinked and I cured my brain. Everybody has the power here...can't is the cancer to happen”.
Can't is the cancer to happen. This decoded is the rejection of receptivity, it is the exact opposite of Mary's yes and Christ's gift of the cross. He is saying that he will not accept something “cant” happen and to believe this is to reject God's providence and will for our lives. Many of us desire our own wills be done and not God's will be done but Charlie Sheen either mistakenly believes desire to be all he needs or has rejected anything that opposes his own desires.
Perhaps this behavior is erratic due to mental illness or from severe drug use, most probably one or both could be effecting Mr. Sheen's ability to see himself or the situation objectively. It is entirely likely that his weaknesses have overwhelmed him and he is in need of prayer.
If we are Christian, if we believe in the bible, then are we not also called to then believe in the existence of the demonic. When the interviewer asked him if his mania was merely him being on drugs Charlie said “I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen. It's not available because if you try it you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.” Upon completing this statement we, as a viewing audience of Good Morning America see him not only abruptly stop speaking as if a unheard voice compelled this silence in a before manic and ranting man, but he actually changes his demeanor as he states apologetically, “too much”. He is either unstable psychologically or he is stable and under the influence of something else. We know it is not drugs because he took a test on camera.
If one where to consider that the "enemy prowls about seeking the ruin of souls" as the St. Michael prayer states, which is an approved prayer of the Catholic Church given to us by St. Benedict after seeing a diabolical vision of Satan infiltrating the church in such a way that this prayer and intercession of St. Michael would be needed to as a defense, then one must consider how a person might act under the influence of it. The nature of a demon is not one of humility as this is a virtue but it does know that it must hide itself. The spirit of pride as one of the 7 deadly sins is just one of the many attributes that manifest itself on screen as we watch Mr. Sheen continue to make visible the invisible.
Throughout the interview, the pride and arrogance continued in a vomitous stream as Charlie claimed to have tiger's blood and the DNA of an Adonis. Here are few of his many quotes that seem to be made in the spirit of pride and arrogance, superiority and possible feelings of grandiose:
The quote: “I am sorry man but I've got magic, I got poetry in my fingertips most of the time and this includes naps. I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground." -- Feb. 24 on "The Alex Jones Show"
The quote:"AA was written for normal people. People that don't have tiger blood and Adonis DNA. ... I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man." -- Feb. 28 on ABC
The quote: If you borrowed my brain for five seconds, you'd be like, 'Dude! Can't handle it, unplug this bastard!' It fires in a way that's maybe not from this terrestrial realm." -- Feb. 28 on ABC
The quote: (in regard to the 30+hour drug and sex party paying one porn star prostitute $30,000) “The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger and Richards look like droopy eyed armless children.”
Question: “When you look back at the last time you did drugs, do you worry you are going to die?”
Answer: “Dying is for fools”
Question: “Do you feel disgusted with yourself or do you think how could I have done that?
Answer: “I am proud of what I have created. It was RADICAL! I exposed people to magic, I gave them something radical something people will not otherwise see in their boring normal lives. I gave that to them and that's a gift man. I am not interested in what others believe, I am interested in what I believe and that is my truth and that is what rules me.”
He says he is tired of pretending he is not special. He is tired of pretending he is not a b_tching and total rock star from Mars and so after being “kicked around” his whole life (notice the enemy preys on the weak and those who have felt victimized, unappreciated, bullied as Lady Gaga claims, or have not gotten their “due”) he has made a decision. “I have decided to embrace “it”, love “it” violently and defend “it” violently through violent hatred.” I am not sure what “it” is but it does not sound like “it” is anything I would want to embrace.
When the interviewer picked up on this and asked Sheen why he was so angry he said that he was not angry but that many people are misinterpreting his passion for anger. “Many are not ready for the message I am delivering. I am delivering with a sense of violent love.”
Violent Love is an oxymoron and is a lie from the devil. God is love and through the lens of Theology of The Body we see that love is a free gift of self, it gives all of itself, it gives itself in a faithful covenant and love can not help but then become fruitful in which we are to share in. Love points us to union and communion with one another and it does so willingly. To say love could be violent would liken God to that of a serial raper. Love never forces, it invites. Violence implies force and brutally of which God is neither.
Mr. Sheen is not the only one that has bought into the lie that sex is just an act of physical bodies for the purpose of pleasure so as long as your not hurting anyone else then it's no one's business. The problem is that it is all of our business because these ideologies are shaping the world in which we live in. Mr. Sheen was even acting them out on camera adding to the culture of lies that has begun it's downward spiral.
Pope Paul VI made four prophecies about what would happen if we ignored teaching on contraception.
1. Infidelity and moral decline. Do we see this here with Charlie as he hungers and aches for union and communion with others so badly he has had 3 marriages fail and is justifying drug use and pornography as “normal”. St. Augustine says that within every man is a place that is meant to be filled with God, I am sure Mr. Sheen feels this hole intensely and has been deceived into believing that drugs, sex and money will fill it.
2. Lost of Respect for Women: Charlie Sheen is now living in a home he has renamed as the Grand Silver Lodge and likens himself to a new Hugh Hephner. His two girlfriends have moved in. One is a porn star and the other a model for drug magazines both are more than 20 years his junior. This man is aching to enter into the mystery of divine love for which he was created and because he is too afraid to go into his wounds, he has settled for a perversion rather than the gift of woman. He has been blinded from seeing his call to be the bridegroom, to be the protector, the lover, the friend and the security to the family and instead we see the glorification of selfishness rather than self-donation.
3. Abuse of Power: It is precisely because he believes himself to be powerful that he has entered into most of the decisions that he has made. One decision was to the use the power of money to “purchase” a person for sex to the tune of $30,000 (see check above). This has turned these women into mechanical instruments to be manipulated for his own purposes of pleasure and because he is a celebrity, because he has the money he is able to do most of this without the consequences that should be his to own.
4. Unlimited Dominion: Mr. Sheen commented throughout the interview that he believed to have unlimited dominion over his own body. Whether it be through sex in orgies of women or to use drugs and alcohol to excess, his body is not seen as a temple of anything except the worship of the flesh, the worship of gluttony, pride, greed, envy, sloth, anger, and definitely lust.
So even though we should have expected many of these “fruits” I for one am still shocked that a man could be living a life that seems to be one of pure hell in my opinion because it seems to be devoid of love yet his reaction is that
“My life is not better now, it's perfect.”
The reality is that Mr. Sheen needs us to believe in the existence of evil. Why? Because he is either greatly disturbed, greatly suffering under his weaknesses, under the influence of the demonic or under the influence of a drug that was not detected, whatever the case, Mr. Sheen needs our prayers.
If it is demons that are responsible for this erratic behavior, the bible tells us that only prayer and fasting can overcome some of them. It is for this reason we must believe it is possible so that we can answer the call as the mystical body of Christ to pray down the graces of heaven through ArchBishop Fulton Sheen, who also was on television, to work a miracle and convert this man's heart to Christ. The problem is that many of us do not believe in the existence of evil, instead we write him off as bi-polar. I will leave the reader with a couple of quotes to inspire the reader to believe that we are all called as the mystical body of Christ to cry out to the Saints to come to our aid.
Throughout the ages, as if it were a spiral, the enemy attempts to overtake the world and man with his wickedness yet before his evil intent can overcome us, Christ's church, through prayer, fasting, penance, Love , mercy and the grace of Jesus Christ pours out as an ocean of mercy and love and quenches the thirst of the parched souls who cry out to Him. So, we begin again in a spiral, yet we may be at that point in biblical history that too few souls are crying out, too few souls believe, too few souls are fasting, praying or offering sufferings for the conversion of sinners. If this is true, it may be that another seal will be opened taking us deeper into the spiral of God's plan for the world.
It may be chastisement will be needed to re-awaken the many souls that have become blind to sin and evil. So even chastisement is a mercy of God just as wheat is threshed to bring forth it's fruit, we are experiencing the ocean of mercy of God as he attempts to burn through the many layers of unbelief that have made so many of us numb to the spiritual realm.
My birthday was March 2. I fasted all day for Charlie's conversion, even from my birthday cake I fasted so that in some small way, I could participate in the suffering of Christ whose heart must be in anguish over the suffering of his son Charlie Sheen. I pray that whatever graces could have been merited from this sacrifice will be given as a gift of love to Charlie so that through the intercession of Arch Bishop Fulton Sheen, Venerable John Paul II and Blessed Mother Theresa, that he be converted and healed so that he can reveal to the world his freedom from the enemy so that all will believe and so that will be saved and become the man of God, the father to his children and the man that he is called to be. Amen