It was Divine Mercy Sunday when Pope John Paul II died in 2005 and the entire Catholic Church is mourning the loss of an icon. During the wake of the Pope, I thought it wise to buy his papal symbol-- a crucifix depicting a pitiful Christ, as a memorabilia of his legacy. I also bought a pendant with his picture at the center of the cross as another souvenir.
One night in the almost week long wake, I was holding the papal crucifix that I bought while watching the live telecast of the wake activities in the Vatican. It was almost round the clock program and after midnight I felt sleepy. I switched the television set off and placed the papal crucifix beside me and went to sleep. Sometime during the wee hours of the morning, I know I was awake but couldn't move. I was aware of my surroundings and I saw a tall but thin black shadow of a man enter my room through the windows. As the shadow approached me, I struggled to move but as if my body isn't responding, I just lay in bed asleep with my mind shouting MOVE! Then I saw the shadow made a gesture as if it will choke me to death, then to my surprise, I saw a bright light emanating from the Christ of the crucifix and it is growing, filling the entire room with bright light pushing the shadow to where it came from. The shadow retreated until it went out the way it came in. It was as if I had awaken from very deep slumber and could now move my body and when I glanced at the crucifix I saw the remnants of the light being sucked in by the Christ of the crucifix. I just kissed the papal crucifix and held it until I fell asleep again.
This experience strengthened my faith in GOD and I started a new habit of sleeping with a crucifix or a rosary or any catholic sacramental (holy objects). I know my sleep will be peaceful and I am guarded and protected while sleeping.
Nowadays, I have with me everywhere I go and even in my sleep a Benedictine crucifix (a crucifix which has the medal of St. Benedict at the center) sometimes called the exorcist crucifix for the medal of St. Benedict has a simple exorcism prayer inscribed at the back side supposedly effective in warding off all evils.