It was only a year ago, just before COVID-19 was unleashed upon the world, when Pope Francis warned the faithful not to trust in magic and psychics for guidance – so why are so many people turning to psychics in record numbers during this frightening time when they should be turning to God instead?
Is the Star of Bethlehem that appeared in the sky last night the same star that guided the Wise Men to Jesus more than two thousand years ago? And if so, why can’t we use the stars to guide us in life, just like the Wise Men?
“Julia” grew up in a good Catholic family. She went away to college and began dating a young man who was heavily engaged in the occult. She participated in these rituals and fell into other sinful behaviors as well.
It was almost immediately when I started intentionally covering my family members in prayer years ago that I realized the magnitude of participating in the power of Christ who drives out demons and destroys strongholds. “You want to play that game?” the darkness seemed to sneer, surfacing from areas I hadn’t suspected.
For those who were not brought up in an authentically Catholic cultural environment, Halloween can easily take on the character of a death festival.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond of the Archdiocese of New Orleans has had the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Pearl River, Louisiana burned after a priest and two women were caught making a pornographic film on the altar.