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The Priest sprinkling it on the congregation was authorized. Not Holy water itself. That goes back much earlier than that. Probably Apostolic times.
We do it as a reminder of our Baptism.
In fact, it was an ancient ritual used by many religions -- from Christianity to Sikhism and Hinduism -- to repel evil.
"Catholic saints have written about the power of holy water as a force that repels evil. Saint Teresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church who reported visions of Jesus and Mary, was a strong believer in the power of holy water and wrote that she used it with success to repel evil and temptations."
But today, you say it is only a reminder, with no power?
No way! Have you seen what it does to vampires?