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The exorcism

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

A man called in a priest to perform an exorcism in his house. He then went to stay in a hotel and left the priest to his work.
 
The priest spent a few days sleeping in the haunted house. He sprinkled holy water in all the rooms, said prayers, and, when he judged his task to be done, he summoned the owner, saying that the results had been fantastic.
 
‘How many demons did you exorcise?’ the owner asked.
 
‘None.’
 
‘And how many did you see in my house?’
 
‘None.’
 
‘Then how can you say that the results were fantastic?’
 
‘When one is fighting the forces of evil, then none is more than enough.’

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