Poltergeist activity is a form of demonic infestation that usually occurs when someone in the home has been dabbling in the occult, such as playing with a Ouija board or practicing magick spells.
The name poltergeist comes from the German "Polter geist" which means a mischievous devil.
Although these infestations are widely believed to be harmless and involving only the movement of objects, some manifestations can be extremely violent.
For instance, Father Herbert Thurston (1856-1939) wrote an entire book documenting over 20 years of investigation into poltergeist activity, much of which he personally witnessed. http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Poltergeists-Kessinger-Publishings-Reprints/dp/1425452957
Fr. Thurston recounts some stories where invisible hands caught people by the throat and would have succeeded in strangling them had someone not intervened.
In one particular case, a young boy named Indridi was assailed by a spirit named "jon" who claimed to be a recent suicide. Jon would drag Indridi out of bed at night with such violence that he often sustained injuries to his body.
Two observers from the town were present to witness this one night and said the attack began with the spirit tossing a pair of boots at the lamp, breaking it. The boy was then dragged head first through the door and along the floor into the outer room in spite of his clutching with all his might at everything he could catch hold of.
In another case, poltergeist activity was taking place in a house in a small Austrian village. It started with just the mysterious pelting of stones against the roof and windows but gradually intensified to the point of breaking all the windows in the house. Eventually, the infestation moved inside the house and chaos quickly ensured.
He describes: "Spoons, dishes, saucepans, fire-irons and almost every moveable object were seen to fly about us as if endowed with life . . . almost every breakable thing in the kitchen had been destroyed."
The family was in terror for their lives and set a crucifix with two lighted candles on the table and commenced to pray. "The candlesticks were thrown violently to the ground but the crucifix was not touched."
The cook finally had enough of the wreckage and cursed the spirit.
Fr. Thurston writes: "But the words had hardly escaped her lips with a sharp hissing sound was heard in the air, followed by the frightened cry of the girl who fled with both hands to her head."
She was later found to have a deep cut on her head that was swollen and bleeding.
If you are experiencing poltergeist activity in your home, this should be taken seriously and not passed off as the revenge of a dead relative. A priest should be contacted immediately.
Women of Grace will be hosting a webinar on this subject, entitled "Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls: Church Teaching on Things that Go Bump in the Night" on October 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Visit our website for more information.