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At last, sure of his recovery, he left Mariazell and went to Vienna, to live with his sister and her husband. However, the convulsions and possession returned. Haizmann had several frightening visions of the Devil in Vienna, which he recorded in a diary, and at last, in early May 1678, he returned to Mariazell, asking once again for the rite of exorcism. On May 9, after much priestly invocation, the Devil gave up the second pact, the one written in blood. Thereafter, according to clerical accounts, Haizmann was fully free from demonic bondage.
To know of those that should be saved, she was full glad and joyful, for she desired, as much as she durst, all men to be saved, and when Our Lord shewed to her any that should be damned, she had great pain. She would not hear or believe that it was God who shewed her such things, and put it out of her mind as much as she might. " She would give no credence to the counsel of God, but rather believed it was some evil spirit deceiving her. Then for her frowardness and her unbelief, Our Lord withdrew from her all good thoughts and all good remembrance of holy speeches and dalliance, and the high contemplation which she had been used to before, and suffered her to have as many evil thoughts as she before had good ones.
The few who had no family ties might be social outcasts, expelled from cities, at times whipped or beaten. Sir Thomas More, in his Apologye of 1533, tells of a madman who had been in Bedlam and who would at times wander into church services and "make many madde toyes & tryfles" during quiet periods of worship. " 1 At this time, Catholic monasteries and priories occasionally took in the sick and the poor, and provided what little institutional care there was for mad people. By the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, large-scale institutional confinement had begun.