Pope Francis recently visited the gypsy community in Rome and celebrated Mass at San Giuseppe all’Aurelio. The Holy Father spoke about babies crying in church: “...Children cry, they are noisy, they don’t stop moving. But it really irritates me when I see a child crying in church and someone says they must go out. God’s voice is in a child’s tears: they must never be kicked out of church.” _ Catholic World News

Pope Francis was speaking to parents of children (babies) baptized in the last year. He called children’s tears “the best sermon” -- but when babies cry in church, they often scream as well... And when this happens, sensitive mothers usually remove their children of their own accord -- they are not kicked out of church. Are they?

Why do babies cry during Mass? Of course, there are many reasons -- but I want to focus on their “spiritual sensitivity”...

We know that babies are very sensitive and can be “over-stimulated” by the world around them. They can have difficulty processing it all -- people crowded together, the many voices, the music, the noise, the lights, the movement (standing, sitting, kneeling...) -- all too much to take in, especially while teething...

If we had eyes to see what is unseen, we would see a multitude of angels present at every Mass. But can evil spirits also be present in the church during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

Babies are “spiritually” sensitive.

During a 3-year mission in the Miles Platting area of Manchester, England (1993-1995), I attended Mass at the Basilica of Corpus Christi, a Norbertine Priory. One day during Mass, I was unusually distracted. The babies in the church were crying -- all of them!

I received an inspiration and said, “Evil spirits in this church, I BIND you in Jesus’ Name.” Immediately, the babies in the church stopped crying -- all of them!

Yes. Evil spirits can be present in the church during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The people bring them in with them. And babies react to an evil presence. (In the Traditional Latin Mass, the priest sprinkles the people with holy water before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass begins. Holy water drives out evil spirits.)

Have you ever been unusually distracted by thoughts during Mass -- even while trying to focus your attention on the readings and prayers?

Whenever your “inner peace” is disturbed, realize that something is disturbing it! And one way to restore peace is to BIND evil spirits: “Evil spirits, I BIND you in Jesus’ Name.”